Mzuzah Convergence 2018
Conference on Sustainability

May 29-31, 2018

Mzuzah Africa and Net Impact will host the Mzuzah Convergence 2018 at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School May 29 through 31. The Mzuzah Convergence 2018 was developed in collaboration with Carey Business School Professor James Calvin and students from Carey’s Innovation for Humanity (I4H) program who participated in Mzuzah Convergence 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

The convergence, hosted at the Carey Business School’s Harbor East campus, will explore Africa’s role in global sustainability. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education for Ghana, will provide the conference’s keynote address on May 29, 2018.

Other scheduled participants include Kevin Frick, professor and Vice Dean for Education at the Carey Business School, and Kevin White, founder of Global Vision 2020 and a Carey Business School MBA candidate. White recently won a $1 million prize from WeWork for developing the USee system that helps provide prescription eyeglasses to patients living in low-income countries.


Tuesday, May 29
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m.
    African-Themed Presentation: Stacy Egbo and Team
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.
    Welcome Remarks: Kevin Frick, PhD, Professor and Vice Dean of Education, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 9:45-12:00 p.m.
    Keynote Panel: Keeping Ahead of the SDG's! Using the Proper Metrics to Support the Right Kind of Sustainable Investments.
    Moderator: Carol Pineau, award-winning journalist and documentary producer

    Patsy Doerr: Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters
    Michael Goltzman: Vice President, Global Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability & Social Impact, The Coca-Cola Company
    Gregory Simpkins: Senior Advisor, Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah: Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States of America

    Interactive Facilitators: Live Simulcast Interactions from Liberia, Uganda, and Nigeria
    Hh K. Zaizay: Executive Director, PYPP, Liberia
    Katurah Adams: Founder Kabash Love Foundation, Nigeria
    Cyrus Kawalya: Founder, Team Vision, Uganda
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m.
    Presentation by Mzuzah: Doyin Oluntona: Co-Founder, Mzuzah
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m.
    The Case for Building and Sustaining Mzuzah in Emerging Economies (African Poetry Style)
    Yoli Chisholm: Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    Keynote Panel: Infrastructure & Environmental Considerations
    "How Data Drives Capital Projects and Infrastructural Trends"

    A Good Maintenance Culture: How Savvy Infrastructure Development Can Support the Successful Integration of Environmental Sustainability, Social Impact and Economic Empowerment in Emerging Economies

    Moderator: Paul J. Ferraro, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    Dr. Mohamed I. Bakarr, Senior Environmental Specialist Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Bank
    Anica Landreneau, Senior Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, HOK
  • 3:00-3:45 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Health and Wealth Revisited. How Investment in Maternal and Child Health Indicators Will Drive Sustainable Economic Growth in Emerging Economies, A Country Case Study?

    Moderator: Paul A. Gurny, MBA, MS, Senior Professional Instructor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
    Dr. Alain Damiba, SVP, Global Programs & Technical Leadership, Jhpiego
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m.
    Wrap Up/Kickoff of Mzuzah Convergence 2018 Call to Action: Sustainability Commitment Challenge

    The 3 "I's" in Sustainability: What Will "I" Do to Make a Sustainable Difference Within My Phere of Influence?

    Speaker: James Calvin, Phd, Profressor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 4:15-4:30 p.m.
    Introduction to AFROBEAT: Sustainable Body Moves
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    Happy Hour: Four Seasons Restaurant
    Location: Wit and Wisdom
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Fluke Diner
    Location: Nandos Peri Peri

    Please note: Delegates gather at designated restaurants to connect. Drinks and meals are self-funded
Wednesday, May 30
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast & Early Morning Coffee Connections
    Location: 2nd Floor Lobby
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1: Innovation for Humanity (I4H) Workshops Practical Workshops to Engage Delegates in Action Items
    Locations: Romms 215, 216, 206

    Speaker: James Calvin, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Sustainable Team Meet Up Hubs Idea Generation Lab
    Location: 2nd Floor Lobby

    Facilitator: Lindsay Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.
    Coffee Break
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Fireside Chat, Leveraging the Power of the SBA, Business Builder Economic Development Initiative
    Location: Room 216

    Presenter: Eugene Cornelius, Jr.: ARM, Deputy Associate Administrator Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Keynote Panel: Topic: How Entrepreneurship Creates Social Value “Keeping It Real! Key Issues Pertinent to Entrepreneurial Success In The Sustainability Space”

    Moderator: Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
    Kevin White, Executive Director - Global Vision 2020
    Derrydean Dadzie, Founder, DreamOval Limited, Ghana
    Yoli Chisholm, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
  • 1:00-2:15 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m.
    The Effect of Youth Ecosystems and Professional Development Opportunities on Sustainable Development
    Location: Room 215

    Moderator: Stacy B Lee, JD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

    Steve Culbertson, President & CEO, Youth Changing the World
    Segun Fatudimu, President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria
    Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi, Executive President, Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF)
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Room 215
    How I Got Started & Stayed in the Game: Digging Deep Into My Sustainable Entrepreneurial Journey

    Presenters: Room 215: Kevin White, Executive Director, Global Vision 2020
    Room 216: Yoli Chisholm, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
    Room 206: Derrydean Dadzie, Founder, DreamOval Limited, Ghana

    Bulging Youth: Booming Business: Leveraging Youth Networks for Economic Growth (A Design Thinking Workshops)
    Location: Room 215

    Presenters: Micah Johnston, Senior Program Officer, IREX
    Anne Laesecke, Monitoring Evaluation Advisor, IREX
    Emily Beaudoin, Program Associate, IREX
  • 4:45-5:45 p.m.
    AFROBEAT Class
    Location: 2nd Floor Lobby
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Fluke Dinners
    Location: Lebanese Taverna
  • 9:00-11:00 p.m.
    Late Night Movies: Landmark Theatres

    Please note: Delegates gather at designated restaurants to connect. Drinks and meals are self-funded.
Thursday, May 31
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast & Morning Coffee Connections
    Location: 2nd Floor Lobby
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    BREAKOUT SESSION 6: Leveraging the Power or your Story for Sustainable Impact
    Location: Room 215
    Speaker: Gbenga Ogunjimi, CEO – LDI

    Leadership, Justice, Freedom And Youth Development.
    Location: Room 216
    Speaker: Ala Oueslati, Activist, Founder, Global Communications Expert at PPFA

    Engaging the Next Generation on Sustainability Issues, Shifting from Debate to Solutions
    Location: Room 206
    Speaker: Dr. Kofi Osei- Kusi, Executive President, Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    BREAKOUT SESSION 7: Delegates Interactions Share Your Story
    Location: Room 215
    Speakers: Volunteer Delegates
    Moderators: Joel Igu and Anvit Goval
    Individual delegates volunteer to take the stage and share their sustainability stories, take away from prior sessions and future impact plans.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Keynote Panel: Sustainable Leadership Panel
    Thought leadership as a leverage for change. Hardwiring our mindsets to consider the implications of our actions on the well-being of our ecosystem, personal economic, community & environmental
    Location: Rooms 203, 204

    Moderator: Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, SM, Visiting Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Gbenga Ogunjimi, CEO, LDI
    Dr. Kofi Osei- Kusi, Executive President, Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF)
    Ala Oueslati, Activist, Founder, Global Communications Expert at PPFA.
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.
    Final Closeout Session Lunch
    Speaker: James Calvin, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
    Location: 2nd Floor Lobby
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Site Visit: The Foundry
    Baltimore, 101 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, MD 21230