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Annual Conference 2016 Recap

2016 ANDE Annual Conference
September 26 - 28, 2016
Leesburg, VA

 In 2016, 247 participants from 161 organizations and 31 countries gathered at the ANDE Annual Conference to discuss pressing issues of the small and growing business sector.

Below are some highlights from the conference as well as a file library of presentations and notes from the various panels and breakout sessions. Check out our facebook page for the full photo album from the conference. 

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Plenary: "What Happens When BIG Meets Small and Growing"
Partners in Food Solutions' CEO, Jeff Dykstra, moderated the panel with Annie Kneedler, U.S. Business Operations & Supply Chain Director at Cargill, Jeff King, Senior Director of Sustainability, CSR and Social Innovation at The Hershey Company, and John Church, EVP of Supply Chain at General Mills. The panel explored the various ways in which corporations can work with small and growing businesses to support entrepreneurship in emerging 

Keynote Speaker: Ali Mufuruki, CEO of Infotech Investment Group
This year's keynote speaker, was Ali Mufuruki, a Tanzanian entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker and leadership coach. Mr. Mufuruki sat down with ANDE's Executive Director, Randall Kempner, for an in-depth conversation about his road to entrepreneurship, some of the challenges facing the sector, and some of the ways forward. They also discussed how ICT has changed and some of the ways to make the sector more inclusive for all. 

                                                                                                       Keynote Speaker, Ali Mufuruki

Microtalk Presentations

For the second year in a row, ANDE hosted a series of micro-talks, which included five excellent TED-style presentations from Brigit Helms (Multilateral Investment Fund of the IDB Group), Daniel Izzo (Vox Capital), Abigael Pertet (Mastercard Foundation scholar), Njideka Harry (Youth for Technology Foundation) and Kalsoom Lakhani (invest2innovate).


                                                                                               Abigael Pertet before her micro-talk

New ANDE Executive Committee Members Announced
ANDE proudly announced the newest members of our Executive Committee. Please join us in welcoming Annie Roberts, Partner at Open Capital Advisors (Kenya), Tim Brosnan, Chair of Small Foundation (Ireland), and Daniel Izzo, Partner at Vox Capital (Brazil).


USAID PACE Winners Announced
Congratulations to the latest round of PACE awardees, many of whom are ANDE members! The grantees are: Root CapitalI&PVillgroMCE Social Capital, and Edge GrowthPACE aims to catalyze private sector investment into early-stage enterprises and identify innovations that help unlock the potential of thousands of promising enterprises around the world.
Membership Appreciation Award
Each year, we recognize one member who has gone above and beyond what we ask of members. This year we recognized Annie Roberts, Partner at Open Capital Advisors. Over the past year, Annie has proven to be a valuable advocate for ANDE and the SGB sector by helping lead our East Africa steering committee, promoting ANDE throughout the region, and even including ANDE in proposals (though that is certainly not a requirement to be member of the year). She is always a pleasure to work with, and continues to be an important asset to the network. 

                                                                                                Member of the year Annie Roberts 

Report Launch Rundown
ANDE members seized the opportunity to share major announcements and report launches with the network. Below are direct links to these member's latest developments:


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ANDE Annual Conference 2016 - Notes and Resources

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