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Africa Week 2020 in Beijing

The fourth annual Africa Week event will take place in Beijing from July 20-July 25. Africa Week is a unique series of seminars, excursions, film screenings, and always concludes with a start-up competition for local African entrepreneurs in China:

Normally, this event is entirely local, that is, you have to be in Beijing to participate. But this year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers have moved some of the activities online which provides a wonderful opportunity for people everywhere to either take part live via Zoom or to watch the discussions online later.

It’s important to note that Africa Week is very different from the countless other webinars that now regularly take place. First of all, this one actually takes place in China, which is different from most other conferences. But more importantly, Africa Week is all about young professionals, mostly from Africa and China, a constituency that is often under-represented within the broader discourse.

Africa Week organizer Miatta Momoh, co-founder of the Beijing-based social enterprise Kente & Silk, and Nairobi-based technology executive, Stephany Zoo, who will be moderating some of the panels, join Eric & Cobus to discuss the upcoming event and why this kind of gathering is so important, especially now.

Show Notes:

About Miatta Momoh and Stephany Zoo:

Miatta is the co-founder of Kente & Silk , a social enterprise changing the status-quo of Africa-China relations by rebranding Africa in China (hosting interactive & innovative events that promote African art, culture & business), providing strategic advisory services and hosting interactive and experiential trips to Africa that spotlights Africa’s social innovation.

Miatta has a passion for building meaningful connections and community, volunteering as a LinkedIn Mentor for Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a founding member of Women in Media China, the Beijing Chapter Director for Ladies Who Tech and she serves as a Deaconess for Beijing International Christian Fellowship Zhongguancun.

Having lived on three continents, and working in tech, finance, and social impact, Stephany strives to create stories and processes that knit together diverse backgrounds. Currently, she is Head of Marketing at AZA, Africa’s largest FX platform, helping create more financial access and liquidity to the entire continent. She is also the founder of the China Africa Tech Initiatives, focusing on accelerating the tech industry as the next era of collaboration between China and Africa.

Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany founded, an eCommerce site bringing Chinese designers to the western world, and League X, a boutique branding firm that represented fast-growing Chinese tech startups.

She helped launch SAP’s flagship SME product in China, as well as consulted for a number of Chinese SOE’s, including Ping’An and China Telecom. After founding Buzz & Bloom, a sex education platform for young Chinese women, and the League of Extraordinary Women, she is currently the executive director of Phoenix Risen, a nonprofit to bring men and women together to combat sexual violence. She graduated from Princeton with an undergraduate degree in Economics and East Asian Studies.

Stephany is a member of the China-Africa Experts Network.

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