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                                                         ABOUT THE SUMMIT

An international summit held in Ghana to discuss Legacy, Communities and Innovation, 400 years since the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade.

 

In the context of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) and Ghana’s National 'Year of Return', HACSA’s flagship Summit brings together Heads of State, opinion leaders, practitioners, academics and participants from Africa and the diaspora to have open and meaningful debate on the 400 Year Legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Trade in Enslaved African People, to Link, Reunite and Reconcile affected Communities and share examples of Innovation and creative strategies to overcome its debilitating and persisting effects.

The Summit will include Keynote Speakers, Panel Discussions, Academic Presentations, Exhibitions, a Film Screening, a Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil, a Gala Dinner Dance showcasing African Food, Fashion and Music and Guided Tours of key Heritage Sites in Ghana.

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Legacy

What is the social, economic and psychological impact and legacy 400 years on?

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Communities

  • How have communities coped with the effects of the slave trade on their societies?
  • Is there a need for truth and reconciliation? Can divided communities be reunited?
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Innovation

  • How have the creative arts contributed to discourse, reconciliation and the healing process?
  • Can innovation create opportunities to reverse the debilitating effects that still persist in Africa and the diaspora?

OBJECTIVES

  • High-level discussions on current topics of importance to the socioeconomic development of Africa and Africans in the diaspora.
  • LINK, REUNITE AND RECONCILE communities affected by the slave trade.
  • Discuss how the CREATIVE ARTS and modern INNOVATIONS provide HOPE for healing and overcoming its debilitating and devastating effects.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

President John Kufuor,
Former President of Ghana

      Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi,
Minister for Tourism, Ghana

 Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

Her Excellency Chief , Dr. Jewel Howard -Taylor, Vice President of Liberia

 
 
 

Dr. Thomas Mensah,  Chemical Engineer and Inventor Pioneer of Fibre Optics

Lisa Opoku, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Pierre De Gaetan
Njikam-Mouliom Deputy
Mayor of Bordeaux

Calvin L. Holmes,
President of Chicago Community Loan Fund

Taneisha Laird, CEO of Newark Symphony Hall

Barry Ford, President & CEO, Council for a Strong America

Margaret Spearmon,
Senior Lecturer, UW School of Social Work

Professor Arthur Mutambara,
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Hugh Quarshie,Ghanaian born British Actor

Nikia Washington,
Farmington Hills, MIk

Eric Opoku Agyemang,
MSW

Patrick M. Byrne,
Founder & CEO/Overstock.com

Ambassador Moise Kerekoue Author, Former Ambassador of Benin to Turkey

Kweku Adoboli Author, Former Trader, Culture and Systems Consultant, Public Speaker

 
 
MODERATORS

Lisa Mensah, CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), Former US Undersecretary for Rural Development

Dr. Jemima Nunoo, Lecturer, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)

 Dede Amanor-Wilks, Communications Director,  African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

 
 
 

REGISTRATION

Summit Registration Includes:

  • TEDx Osu
  • Tour of Accra
  • 3 Day Full Summit Access (including lunch and tea breaks)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Film Screening
  • Remembrance ceremony
  • Gala Dinner (with a musical concert and fashion show)
  • Archaeological Exhibition
  • Business investment and Trade Expo
  • Detailed programme (Click here)

Summit Registration Excludes:

HACSA's Planning Committee

 Chair, 

Johanna Svanikier

Partnerships

Terry Oppong

Event Organiser

Princess Fynn-Williams


Marketing and Communication,

Charles Kollo

Summit Coordinator,

Qondi Moyo


Victoria Twum-Gyamrah

University Liaison


Logistics

Rose Frimpong

Intern

Nii Lantey



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