The country’s #1 gathering of high-achieving young professional African leaders, entrepreneurs, and people who cherish Africa.

The speaker lineup includes thought leaders, disruptors, and game-changers with panels and stage presentations centered around the topics of leadership, entrepreneurship, and branding.

Speakers Featured In



Adedayo Fashanu

Forbes Contributor & Media Entrepreneur

Franck Tucker Ebang

Author & Speaker


Keynote Speakers

H. Dele Davies, MD, MSc, MHCM

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Sally Elatta

President of Agile Transformation Inc. and Founder of AgilityHealth

Toyin Umesiri

Chief Executive Officer, Nazaru

Thione Niang

International Motivational Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder, Akon Lighting Africa

Empowering Speakers

Tayo Rockson

Brand Strategist & CEO of BYD Management

Abir Ibrahim

Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Inua Naturals & Community Fellow, UNICEF USA

Dave VanderGriend

Founder & CEO of ICM Partners

Karissa Johnson

Educator, Explorer & Inspiring Author

Esteemed Panelists & Moderators

Thriving Entrepreneurs + Women Who Lead + Local Leaders Global Challenge

Modu Seye

International Fitness Trainer & Founder, Moduvated Fitness Club

Ian Vickers

CEO of Global Partners in Hope

Madelle Kangha

Founder & CEO of Jumpstart Academy Africa

Claudia Korbler

Knowledge Management Specialist, International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group

Arun Agarwal

CEO, White Lotus Group

Ferial Pearson

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Saikou Camara

Motivational Speaker, Author, and Engineer at Union Pacific Railroad

Brittany Johnson

Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, Drink Local Think Global

Shonna Dorsey

Entrepreneur & Community Leader

Jaymes Sime

Executive Director, Micah House

Karine Sokpoh

Attorney & Founder, Sopkoh Law Group

Luper Akough

Insurance Agent & Entrepreneur

Marco Kpeglo LeRoc

Author, International Speaker, and Creator of the Leadership Africa Summit

Lori Spivey

Managing Director & Founder, Florida Africa Foundation

Kelly Amouzou

Thought Leader & Coach

Buey Tut

Executive Director, Aqua-Africa

Balkissa Mahamane

Entrepreneur & Founder of La Grande Académie


Honoring those who are creating positive change in African communities


Youth for Greater Good






John Ekeh Law Offices


Global Partners in Hope


The Leadership Africa Summit is the place for Africa’s young professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs to be connected, become empowered, develop, and promote themselves. This for-purpose event is designed to support the construction of health centers in West Africa and is also an opportunity for other great minds to discover the inspiring work of young African leaders.


There are many benefits to attending the Summit, including:


Acquire the necessary skills to become a good leader at work, at home, and in your community.


Discover how to brand yourself uniquely in a noisy world + protect your reputation online and offline.


Discover what it takes to launch your startup or scale your existing small business for maximum success.


Be inspired by the keynote speakers’ and panelists’ amazing stories and experiences.

Maximize Impact

Be a human welfare advocate by contributing to the construction of health centers in West Africa that will save lives.


The last day to register is Monday, August 20.
We are thrilled to host the Summit at a unique and diverse destination: The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Scott Conference Center. The venue is designed as a state-of-the-art conference center that offers versatile meeting spaces, professional services, and advanced technology. It’s the perfect place to meet, collaborate, and get inspired.


Our main hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, is a two-minute walk from the conference center. It is located in Aksarben Village, Omaha’s premier walkable neighborhood that’s full of restaurants, entertainment, and unique shops.

Main Hotel

Courtyard By Marriott Aksarben Village
1625 South 67th Street
Omaha, Nebraska, 68106
Phone: (402) 951-4300

Book your group rate for the Leadership Africa Summit here
Guests can also make reservations by calling directly the hotel at:
(402) 951-4300 or (888) 236-2427.
Ask for the Leadership Africa Summit group rate.
Start Date: 8/24/18 End Date: 8/26/18

Alternative Hotels



Thanks to our sponsors for the generous contributions




The Leadership Africa Summit offers prestigious sponsorship packages for every budget. It’s a great opportunity to brand your company or organization and expand its reach to a new audience.



Presenting Partner

Midwest African Museum

Beneficiary Partner


Global Partners in Hope


Marco LeRoc & Company


Become a vendor at the Leadership Africa Summit and increase the visibility of your products and services. Learn more and apply to become a vendor today. Spots are limited, so act fast!

We Are Honored to Benefit Global Partners in Hope

Global Partners in Hope is working on making a meaningful and sustainable difference in West Africa.
They are currently raising $3.26 million through their campaign, Hope for Togo, to build a large medical center and five other smaller health centers in Togo.
1Q. I am not a young professional African entrepreneur or leader. Is this event for me?
Do away with your worries! You are still welcome. The Summit is designed to deliver practical content that will empower and inspire you regardless of your nationality.
2Q. Who is expected at the Summit?
  • People who embrace diversity
  • Great minds who cherish and love Africa and friends of Africa(ns)
  • Young professional leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Global health and social advocates
3Q. What should I bring to the Summit?
Bring your positive self and a readiness to connect, learn, and be empowered. You may also bring your business cards, notebooks, and some snacks.
4Q. How should I dress during the Summit?
You’ll want to look professional. We recommend business casual. Feel free to dress to impress.
5Q. How long is the Summit?
The Summit is a whole-day event. Most likely, we will start at 9 AM and end at 5 PM. Please check the agenda when it becomes available for specific start and end times.
6Q. Are there premium / VIP seating opportunities?
Yes. Please refer to the Tickets section.
7Q. How can my company or I sponsor the Summit?
We offer attractive sponsorship opportunities. Use the contact form to express your interest, and we will get back to you with more information about the benefits of Summit sponsorship.
8Q. How can I volunteer?
We have volunteer opportunities available for the right person; use the contact form to express your interest.
9Q. Are there discounts for students?
We do offer discounts for qualified full-time students; contact us to find out if you qualify and to receive your special discount code.
10Q. Do you have ticket payment plans?
Unfortunately, we don’t offer payment plans.
11Q. Are meals provided during the Summit?
Yes. We will provide a light breakfast and a full-menu lunch.
12Q. Will there be Internet access at the Summit?
Yes, the venue offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
13Q. What is the refund policy?
Tickets for the Summit are not refundable.
14Q. Which hotel(s) should I stay at?
Discount rates are available through our main hotel, Courtyard by Marriot. You could also stay at the Residence Inn or the Hampton Inn, or you could choose to use Airbnb services.
15Q. Which airport should I fly into?
We recommend that you fly into Omaha’s Eppley Airfield airport.
16Q. Why is this event held in Omaha?
Omaha is a vibrant city in which to do business, live, and work, but it is unknown to many. Home to thousands of young professionals, the city has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the nation. Its geographical position in the center of the nation gives a unique advantage to the Summit’s participants; all attendees can converge easily in Omaha, no matter where in the country they come from.
For sponsorship, partnership, volunteer opportunities, and other inquiries, please use the contact form.



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