African Diaspora Network’s vision is to coalesce and fuel a global community of Africans and friends of Africa connected by a common purpose: to accelerate economic growth and social welfare in Africa for the benefit of its inhabitants. Our mission is to harness and engage the intellectual, financial, philanthropic, and entrepreneurial capacity of Africans and friends of Africa in support of economic and social development across the Continent.

ADN has a first-mover advantage. We are the first organization to bring together a global network of Africans and friends of Africa connecting entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and leaders of nonprofit organizations, corporations, and official development agencies to learn, engage, and co-create possibilities. Our tangible results have cemented us a trusted partner that provides real value despite operating with a small team of largely self-funded volunteers to date.

The Benefits of Membership

Our membership base consists of leaders from a wide range of expertise, ranging from investment to entrepreneurship, from technology to agriculture, from community development to policy. The website’s functional communication tools and professional messaging platform expedite the process of deepening dialogue and action on a global scale.

  • Password protected individualized access to the platform.
  • Ability to post your picture, bio, needs, and interest on the platform.
  • Ability to send email to fellow members (without seeing their email address). We care about individual privacy and as such you will only see first, last, and expertise and no other demographic information. Note that the person to whom you are sending email has the right to accept or not your invitation. 
  • Safe forum to explore opportunities, float ideas, challenge thinking, develop engagement skills
  • Free access to ADN Forums and events
  • 20% discount to ADIS annual conference
  • Discounts to partner events

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Our Commitment to the Silicon Valley Ecosystem

  • Initiated and developed the African Diaspora Investment Symposium, the hallmark annual convening in the heart of Silicon Valley where members of the Diaspora and friends of Africa congregate to reimagine possibilities, co-create solutions, and explore investment opportunities for the home continent of Africa and the communities in which they live.
  • Successfully completed two African Diaspora Investment Symposiums, gathering 430+ leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe, resulting in increased involvement and fruitful partnerships
  • Contributing to the Silicon Valley Diversity and Inclusion Ecosystem - we are known for our ability to bring global communities together
  • Enabled at least 5 new investment and capacity-building initiatives for the Diaspora and friends of Africa
  • A stellar and committed team; and an experienced and dedicated board of directors and advisors
  • A rising recognition of the role the African Diaspora should play in development on the Continent, and growing momentum in the reversal of the brain drain
  • A platform for the universal recognition that Africa is the next frontier for business and product innovation
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