In his historic speech in Cairo in 2009, President Obama elevated entrepreneurship to the forefront of the United States’ engagement agenda.
Since 2010, when the U.S. hosted the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, D.C., GES has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco. The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 25-26. It will be the sixth annual gathering of entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors, and high-level government officials. This forum demonstrates the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to fostering entrepreneurship around the world.
At GES 2015, I will be participating in a workshop entitled “The Creative Economy” ; which will be held on July 26th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, for any of you who will be attending. The creative industries is ripe for growing scalable businesses with global revenues, jobs and increasing wealth creation. I am proud to have been selected by the White House as a speaker in this workshop.
I thought you might all like to know a little bit about my fellow participants.
The moderator for our panel discussion and Q&A will be Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, who is the managing Director of CKO – Center for Cultural and Experience Economy, an agency established by the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Business. Rasmus is also the Chairman of the European Creative Industries Alliance, appointed by the European Commission DG Enterprise. In addition to CKO’s responsibility to promote entrepreneurship and growth in the creative industries and cross sector innovation, Rasmus is also responsible for several initiatives by the Nordic Council of Minister on policy development and financing opportunities for creative businesses.
Rasmus has also launched the Creative Business Cup; a global competition of creative business ideas. He is an external lecturer on the subject “Creative Industries: Business, Innovation and Politics” and lectures internationally in French, English, German and Swedish. Rasmus has 19 years of experience related to the creative industries.
My fellow panelists include:
- Elissa Bloom; who is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. She has over 18 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, and has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie as well as taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel and Moore. Elissa launched a successful accessory company, Bloomin Designs, which she oversaw for eight years. While managing all aspects of her company including design, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, Elissa learned what it takes to run a successful fashion company. She has a strong understanding of both the creative and commercial side of business and is committed to sharing her experience with others to help them achieve success in the business world.
- Dorothy Ghettuba is the Director of Development at Spielworks Media. She attended Andrews University in Michigan where she studied Communications and Political Science. She is keen to foster collaborations/partnerships between the African and Canadian entertainment industries and create a platform for exchange of ideas and providing opportunities for performing artists, writers, editors, directors and creative artists to experience working in both Africa (especially Kenya) and Canada. Dorothy was selected as one of the 2008 Canada’s Emerging 20 by Canada’s ReelWorld Film Festival. With her international experience in film making, acting, writing and production, Dorothy has the necessary skills and exposure to make Spielworks Media a success story.
Spielworks Media Ltd is a Kenyan based Television and Film content creation, development and production company with a vision to revolutionize the African television and film industry by adopting current global market production and creative quality standards. While maintaining a distinctly African aesthetic, the company has worked with producers, artists, writers and creative talent from Kenya, Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, United Kingdom and the United States. She is in charge of day-to-day management of the Company and directing productions.
- Franklin Leonard is an American film executive best known for founding The Black List, a yearly publication featuring Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays. After working as a development executive for Overbrook Entertainment and Universal Pictures Leonard is currently an adviser to BoomGen Studios and Plympton.
- Madji Sock directs Dalberg’s Dakar office and manages the firm’s activities in West Africa. She has more than 14 years of experience implementing and managing projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Madji has supported a number of development projects and organizational transformation initiatives in sectors as varied as agriculture, health, information and communication technologies, economic development, and many others.Madji’s recent engagements have included serving on the functional review of the president’s office in a West African nation, assessing private financing needs in the health sector in Cameroon, supporting the organizational transformation of a Belgian technical assistance fund in Senegal, and the review of an organization responsible for the development of agricultural infrastructure in a region of Burkina Faso.Prior to Dalberg, Madji worked for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu in Washington DC, where she managed a project to promote Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa’s agricultural sector and served on one of the world’s largest corruption investigations in Indonesia. Madji holds an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
More information about The Global Entrepreneurship Summit can be found here.