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
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.
    Welcome Remarks: Dr. Kevin Frick, Vice Dean of Education, Carey Business School
  • 9:45-10:15 a.m.
    Keynote Address: Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education, Ghana
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.
    Keynote Address engagement: Moderator: Carol Pineau
  • 10:45-11:00 a.m.
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 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. Greg Simpkins, The Senior Advisor, Africa Bureau, USAID
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m.
    Music by JHU Peabody Institute
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.
    Delegate Led Networking Lunch
  • 1:45-2:00 p.m.
    The Case for Building & Sustaining MZUZAH in Emerging Economies (African Poetry Style): Presenter: Yoli Chisholm, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
  • 2:00-2:15 p.m.
    Mzuzah Impact Report West Africa

    Felix Oyoo, Mzuzah Student President 2018, Ashesi University
    Manuela Doh, Mzuzah Student VP 2018, Ashesi University
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m.
    Keynote Panel: Infrastructure & Environmental Considerations Topic: “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’’
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.
    ROOM 215,216, 206
    *Practical Workshops to Engage Delegates In Action Items* Set Up Accountability Partners for Idea Generation Lab below*
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    SUSTAINABLE TEAM MEET UP HUBS IDEA GENERATION LAB Discuss Sustainability Challenge & Hash Out Workable Ideas In A Team Setting With Accountability Partners.
    Locations: 2nd Floor lobby
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    Topic: How I Got Started & Stayed in the Game: Digging Deep Into My Sustainable Entrepreneurial Journey.

    Room 215: Kevin White, Executive Director - Global Vision 2020
    Room 216: Yoli Chisholm, Co-founder,
    Room 206: Derry Dean Dadzie, Founder- Dream Oval, Ghana
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
    Rooms 203/204
    Keynote Panel: Topic: How Entrepreneurship Creates Social Value “Keeping It Real! Key Issues Pertinent to Entrepreneurial Success In The Sustainability Space”

    Moderator: JHU Professor: Jim Kyung-Soo Liew
    Kevin White, Executive Director - Global Vision 2020
    Derry Dean Dadzie, Founder, Dream Oval, Ghana
    Yoli Chisholm, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer,
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m.
    Room 215
    Topic: "The Effect of Youth Ecosystems and Professional Development Opportunities on Sustainable Development."

    Moderator: JHU Professor: Stacey Lee, JHU Faculty
    Steve Culbertson, President/CEO, Youth Changing the World
    Micah Johnston, Senior Program Officer, IREX
    Segun Fatudimu, President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association Nigeria
    Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi: Executive President- Osei Kusi Foundation, Ghana
  • ROOM 216
    Topic: (A) Leveraging the power of the SBA, Business Builder Economic Development Initiative & (B) Navigating the threats/opportunities to running a business in uncertainty: How conflict and its risks can be managed and mitigated.

    Bill Zartman, JHU Faculty
    Eugene Cornelius, Jr., ARM, Deputy Associate Administrator Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Room 215
    Topic: Bulging Youth; Booming Business: Leveraging Youth Networks for Economic Growth (A Design Thinking Workshop)

    Presenters: Micah Johnston, Senior Program Officer, IREX
    Anne Laesecke, Monitoring Evaluation Advisor, IREX
    Emily Beaudoin, Program Associate, IREX
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 2: Topic: Leveraging the Power or your Story for Sustainable Impact Room 215, Speaker: Gbenja Ogunjimi, CEO – LDI Topic: Leadership, Justice, Freedom And Youth Development. Room 216, Speaker: Ala Oueslat I Activist / Founder / Global Communications Expert at PPFA Topic: Engaging the Next Generation on Sustainability Issues, Shifting from Debate to Solutions: Room 206, Speaker: Dr. Kofi Osei- Kusi, Executive President, Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Topic: Delegates Interactions Share Your Story 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.-1:15 p.m.
    11:45am – 1:15pm Rooms 203/204 Keynote Panel: Topic: 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

    Moderator: JHU Professor: DR. JENNIFER NUZZO
    Gbenja Ogunjimi, CEO - LDI
    Dr. Kofi Osei- Kusi, Executive President, Osei-Kusi Foundation (OKF)
    Ala Oueslat I Activist / Founder / Global Communications Expert at PPFA.
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.
    Final Closeout Session Lunch Speaker: JHU Professor: Dr. James Calvin (Innovation for Humanity) Location: 2nd Floor Lobby.