Next week a number of well known politicians and business leaders from Kenya will be descending upon Atlanta. Their job: to raise awareness of the lucrative investment climate in Kenya to the diaspora. It will be held March 22-24 at Kennesaw State University (map). If you’re a Kenyan living within driving range, you’ll most likely be interested in what these people have to say, much less the networking and connections you can make.
In their own words:
The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, activists, and the general public to examine the role of the Kenyan Diaspora in Kenyaâ€™s development and to address how best to harness the potential within the Diaspora for Kenyaâ€™s national development. Participants are expected to deliver scholarly papers, workshops, short presentations, poster presentations, and oral communications.
From first glance, it looks like the organizers have put together a rather formidable list of speakers and sessions. I’m looking forward to talking to a few of them and listening to their talks. A few that I’m particularly interested in hearing:
- Ruth Theuri, Uhuru Open, â€œAttracting Resources and Engaging Stakeholders.â€
- Paul Waithaka & Karanja Kimani, Kenya Live TV: â€œMedia: The Missing Link Between Kenyans in the Diaspora and Kenya”
- Session: Capital Markets & Investment Services: Opportunities for Diaspora
If all goes as planned, I will be there for the sessions and will have some interviews. As in all the conferences I attend, if you would like me to ask any particular questions, attend a specific session or interview someone just let me know and I’ll try to accommodate your request.
[Note: thank you to Joshua Wanyama of African Path for bringing this to my attention.]