His influential book Africa Unchained has helped unleash a new wave of activism and optimism — especially in the African blogosphere, where his notion of cheetahs-versus-hippos has become a standard shorthand. The “Cheetah Generation,” he says, is a “new breed of Africans,” taking their futures into their own hands, instead of waiting for politicians to empower them. (He compares them to the previous “Hippo Generation,” who are lazily stuck complaining about colonialism, yet doing nothing to change the status quo.) Ayittey is a Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University in Washington, DC.
Talk to him about: Nigerian Youth, Education and The NajaVotes campaign
Talk to her about: The Hive Colab in Uganda a business accelerator and incubator for East African Startups and Appfrica Labs.
Website: Appsfrica Labs http://appfricalabs.com/
Works at: Voice of America- Radio Hosts “Upfront” in DC and South Africa
Country of Origin: Rwanda
Talk to him about: : The African Youth on both side of the Atlantic.
Outside works he volunteers his time with African communities in the Diaspora.
Semhar Araia is founder of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), an organization whose mission is to develop and support talented women and girls of the African diaspora focused on African affairs. Semhar is also the Horn of Africa Regional Policy Advisor for Oxfam International and responsible for covering humanitarian crises in the region, with particular emphasis on regional drivers of insecurity, international humanitarian law, protection of civilians, local peace building and development.
Country of Origin: Eritrea
Talk to her about: International Development, Women in Africa and in the Diaspora
Sosena Solomon Ethiopian Born is a Film Maker/ Art Director. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Television Production from Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts. Her focus has been on visually exploring human stories which examine unfamiliar cultures and marginalized peoples. In addition, Sosena was heavily involved in the development of the 1st Annual Black Lily Film & Music Festival in 2007, working closely with organizers as part of the Steering Committee. Merkato and for other award-winning documentaries.
Talk to here about: Art, Design, Culture, and Films
Boima Tucker a Global Citizen AKA Chief Boima is an electronic musician/DJ, cultural activist, and writer currently based in New York. He is a member of the Brooklyn based music, arts, and culture collective, Dutty Artz. He also has contributed to various music and culture online and print publications such as Ghetto Bassquake, Africa is a Country, WFMU Radio, and The Fader Magazine. Boima began his international career traveling the world recreating the African house parties he knew growing up for new and willing audiences. As a resident of Little Baobab in San Francisco and as a touring club DJ (in Europe, Africa, North America, and Australia) he has become a respected figure in the promotion of various local styles from around the globe such as Coupe Decale, Cumbia, Kuduro, and Champeta.The past few years Boima has immersed himself in the world of music production, and has released original tracks and remixes alone as well as part of the duo Banana Clipz with DJ Oro 11.
Kaherine Lucey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solar Sister, a social enterprise that provides access to clean energy in developing countries through an innovative market based, women-centered distribution program. She has been named an Ashoka Changemaker and a winner of Social Venture Network 2011 Innovation Award and a Global Social Benefit Incubator Fellow for 2011 at the Santa Clara University Center for Science and Technology. In addition to Solar Sister, Katherine currently serves on the board of Solar Light for Africa, a not-for-profit corporation that brings solar energy to rural communities in East Africa. Katherine serves on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and is Co-Chair of the Supply Chains and Entrepreneurship working group for UN Foundation Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Read more on her twitter and Solar Sister Blog
Country of Origin: Ghana
Talk to him about: Investment, Agriculture, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Africa