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Keynote Speakers

George Ayittey

Economist and Author of Africa Unchained

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George Ayittey is a Ghanaian economist and widely recognized authority on political economics development in Africa.

His influential book Africa Unchained boldly proposes a program of development—a way forward—for Africa,
investigating how Africa can modernize, build, and improve its indigenous institutions. Africa’s salvation lies in returning to and building upon its own indigenous institutions and traditions of free village markets and free trade—rather than continuing to use alien and exploitative economic structures. The critically acclaimed book has helped unleash a new wave of activism and optimism about Africa.

His speech “Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa’s Future" made a powerful impact at the TED Global Conference 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania.

George earned a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; an M.A. University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and a B.Sc. Univ. of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.

Joseph DeLoss

FreshBox Catering

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Joseph DeLoss pioneering Freshbox Catering to use a for-profit activity to support the Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio not-for-profit mission, while also providing a transformative work environment for residents of homeless shelters. DeLoss is the founder and manager of Freshbox Catering, which provides a lunch solution to downtown businesses seeking fresh, high quality fare while also providing a transformative work environment for residents of Faith Mission homeless shelters.

DeLoss received a BA in Communications from Capital University and a BA in Management from Capital University - School of Management. 

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Rich DeVos

Co-Founder, Amway Corp.

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Rich DeVos is the co-founder of Amway Corp., which operates in more than 80 countries and territories around the world, and enables more than 3 million people to own independent businesses.

DeVos has also owned a number of professional sports franchises, including the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He is the author of four books: Believe!, Compassionate Capitalism, Hope from My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life, and Ten Powerful Phrases for Powerful People . A renowned speaker, he has appeared before hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. His recorded talk, "Selling America," received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedoms Foundation.

DeVos attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He served in the United States Air Force from 1944
to 1946.

Ralph Edmond

Co-Founder,    Farmatrix

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Ralph Edmond took a different step when he co-founded Laboratoires Farmatrix, a pharmaceuticals company, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti—a step toward the Haitian production toward the Haitian market.  After a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, Ralph attended a Partners Worldwide conference in Michigan on “Business as a Calling”, where he discovered his goal to bring mentoring and job creation to Haiti; with Sylvie Theard and Ernso Jean-Louis, Ralph co-founded Haitian Partners for Christian Development in 1999.


Through mentoring, Ralph believes that businesspeople and entrepreneurs can break the barriers of social and economic class. Over the years, Ralph has mentored numerous entrepreneurs within the business incubation program of HPCD; he has also served as President of the HPCD Board 2000-2004, and Vice-President 2004-present.

Leila Chirayath Janah

CEO, Samasource

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Leila first developed the idea behind Samasource while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.), where her clients included global leaders in the outsourcing and telecom sectors and a number of prominent non-profits. Along with Professors Thomas Pogge and Aidan Hollis, she founded Incentives for Global Health and helped produce a plan for incentivizing the development of new drugs for neglected diseases. As an undergraduate, Leila authored background papers for the World Bank's Development Research Group and Ashoka on equity and social rights. Leila is a recipient of the Rainer Arnhold and TEDIndia Fellowships, and serves on the San Francisco board of the Social Enterprise Institute. She is a former Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Program on Global Justice and the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University.

Janah holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

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Dr. Neal Johnson

Author, Business as Mission

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Neal Johnson has an extensive and unique 35-year background as an attorney, banker, educator, businessman and entrepreneur, both internationally and domestically. Dr. Johnson's book Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice broke new ground on the interconnectedness of faith and work.

He has served in such widely diverse positions as a bank president, president of his state's bankers association, District Governor of Rotary International, co-founder of the first western style bank in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan and one of the negotiators on the Panama Canal Treaty. He has traveled in over 70 countries, lived in 12, pastored a church in northern Italy, planted a church in Kazakhstan, served on the mission field in Latin America and on the Boards of Directors for missions in Armenia, Moscow and Latin America. His passion is for Christ in the marketplace and Business as Mission (BAM)- seeking to transform communities globally through Christian business and entrepreneurial education.

Magatte Wade

Founder, Adina World Beat Beverages and The Tiossano Tribe, Inc

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Magatte Wade is Founder of Adina World Beat Beverages, a multi-million dollar beverage company that sells culturally authentic beverages from diverse nations around the world. She is currently launching her second company, The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a lifestyle brand initially focused on fashion accessories and body care products targeted at the cultural creative demographic.

Wade was born in Senegal, educated in France, and she has launched her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay area. She is fluent in Wolof (the most widely spoken indigenous language in Senegal), French, and English and conducts business in all three languages. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, Magatte learned about entrepreneurship by working in the guts of Silicon Valley.

She has a business degree from Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Commerce, France.

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Workshops

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Session 1

  • Global Partnerships, Personal Engagement

Are you are passionate about “Business as Ministry for a World without Poverty? Join us for an introductory session to Partners Worldwide’s unique model of global partnerships, personal engagement, and business as ministry for a world without poverty.

  • A Global Partnership-Multiple Perspectives

Leda Liliana Rivera, Honduran Loan Administrator Diaconia Nacional. Elizabeth Almendarez Discua, Honduran business owner and mentor. Ken Van Zee, Honduras Pella Affiliate Team Leader. David De Young, Partnership Manager.

Hear and learn about a dynamic global partnership from multiple perspectives. The Honduran Affiliate, Diaconia Nacional, will share insights from the North American Team Leader, the loan recipient (who now mentors smaller businesses), the loan officer and the Partnership Manger. Hear the stories of transformation from this five year old partnership that currently lends to 150 business owners with an average loan of $1500.00 for capital items from sewing machines to cement block making equipment. Gain insights on their strategies and success involving: loans, mentoring, education, encouragement and follow up.

  • Leveraging Networks and Raising Funds

Mike Buwalda, Money for Ministry & Dennis Hoekstra, founding Partners Worldwide member
Are you struggling with resources for your partnership and global ministry work? Dennis Hoekstra, a founding member and team leader with Partners Worldwide in Kenya, shares his experience and successful model of leveraging local and global networks and resources. Mike Buwalda, owner of Money for Ministry, will join Denny and share insights and tools on fund-raising and resource development. You'll walk away from this workshop better equipped and inspired to use your team's talents and networks to create synergy and leverage resources for your Kingdom work!

  • Africa Unchained

George Ayittey, economist and author
Why haven't the poorest Africans been able to prosper in the twenty-first century? Economist George Ayittey thinks the answer is obvious: economic freedom was denied to them, first by foreign colonial powers and now by indigenous leaders with similarly oppressive practices. As war and conflict replaced peace, Africa's infrastructure crumbled. Instead of bemoaning the myriad difficulties facing the continent today, Ayittey boldly proposes a program of development--a way forward--for Africa. His book Africa Unchained investigates how Africa can modernize, build, and improve its indigenous institutions, and argues forcefully that Africa should build and expand upon traditions of free markets and free trade rather than continuing to use exploitative economic structures.

  • Building Businesses, Rebuilding Haiti from the “Missing Middle”

Ralph Edmond, co-founder Farmatix and Daniel Jean-Louis, Partners Worldwide Haiti Partnership Manager
The entrepreneurial climate of Haiti presents unique challenges and opportunities, especially for small and medium size (SME) businesses. With over 70% of employment created by the informal sector and 50% of revenue concentrated in the hand of high end private sector traders, the SMEs of Haiti are truly the “missing middle.” Natural disasters, poor infrastructure, political instability, lack of access to capital and an unskilled labor force create a difficult environment for business growth. However, Haitian small and medium businesses are overcoming these barriers and finding new business opportunities, even amidst the devastation created by the recent earthquake. Haitian business-leaders are coming together and their global partners are walking alongside them as they respond to the current needs in Haiti, adapt to emerging business opportunities, and to build a stronger base for Haiti’s future. Join this session to hear stories of partnership, hope, and a vision of transformation in Haiti.

  • Creating Jobs through SMEs: Principles for Success in Nicaragua

Roberto Espinosa, Red Profesionales de Negocios and Greg Walstra, Business to Business Nicaragua
Roberto Espinoza and his wife Rosa are Nicaraguan entrepreneurs who share a passion for helping others succeed. Coordinating educational resources from organizations like Wake Forest University, Roberto and Rosa have partnered with the Chicago-based Business to Business (B2B) group for five years. Together, they have put together a strategy for small and medium enterprise (SME) growth and success (creating more than 100 new jobs last year), a model of sustainability and a loan portfolio of a quarter million dollars. They point to four essential factors for success: Training, Mentoring, Accountability, and Capital. Learn how these four powerful principles are transforming the lives of small business owners of Nicaragua.

  • Communities of Fusion: Agri-Business in the Advancement of God’s Kingdom

Andrew Cunningham, Managing Director, New Horizons Mozambique lda
Join this session for insights and inspiration from Andrew’s work in Northern Mozambique, where he runs a large poultry and agri-business operation for God’s glory. You’ll hear about their radical vision, communities of fusion, and impacts on thousands in this marketplace revolution in Northern Mozambique.

Session 2

  • Global Partnerships, Personal Engagement

Are you are passionate about “Business as Ministry for a World without Poverty? Join us for an introductory session to Partners Worldwide’s unique model of global partnerships, personal engagement, and business as ministry for a world without poverty.

  • Engaging the Diaspora in Partnerships

TMS Ruge, co-founder Project Diaspora
The African Diaspora is emerging as a force for development in Africa. As of 2007, collective remittances to the continent were estimated at $40 billion. Moreover, there is a reaspora movement in the making - members of the Diaspora who have decided to seek better fortunes back in their home countries. In turn, bringing with them professional skill sets and global experience. What are the key benefits of recruiting, partnering and investing in projects led by the Diaspora? Beyond the $40 billion invested annually, what are the Diaspora working on in their communities?

  • Leveraging Networks and Raising Funds

Mike Buwalda, Money for Ministry and Dennis Hoekstra, founding Partners Worldwide member
Are you struggling with resources for your partnership and global ministry work? Dennis Hoekstra, a founding member and team leader with Partners Worldwide in Kenya, shares his experience and successful model of leveraging local and global networks and resources. Mike Buwalda, owner of Money for Ministry, will join Denny and share insights and tools on fund-raising and resource development. You'll walk away from this workshop better equipped and inspired to use your team's talents and networks to create synergy and leverage resources for your Kingdom work!

  • Business as Mission (BAM)

Dr. Neal Johnson
Learn why so many people are recognizing Business as Mission as a critical piece to mission and development work. Hear Dr. Neal Johnson provide an overview of the BAM landscape, touching upon many variations of how BAM is being implemented around the world. Dr. Johnson is the author of Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory & Practice and is considered by many to be one of the leading global experts on Business as Mission.

  • India-New Markets and Business Models (the L3C) for Transformation

Michael Brian and Greg Matney, Partners Worldwide Asia Regional Facilitator
Kingdom-minded entrepreneurs will share what it takes to survive and thrive in the business world in India. Hear how innovative technologies and new business models (L3Cs) are being utilized in India to tap into markets and address poverty. Topics of discussion will range from India's rapid infrastructure development to new innovations that will carry us into this new age of global business, like waterless car washing. We'll end with some tips on traveling to India, and extend a warm invitation to visit our local entrepreneur association, Business Seva (meaning 'Serve through Business’).

  • Rebuilding an Economy: The LEAD Liberia Model

Allen Gweh, National Director LEAD Inc. and Renita Reed, Partners World Wide Regional Facilitator West Africa
Liberia is a developing country with a recent history of 15 years of brutal civil conflict which caused destruction of the country’s infrastructures, growth in employment, looting of businesses and households, displacement of the population, and the lives of over 250,000 of its citizen. This session will focus on how the Liberia Entrepreneurial and Asset Development in the Name of Christ (LEAD Inc.) is using Business Training, Mentoring, Access to Capital, and Advocacy to build the capacities of micro, small and medium size businesses throughout the country of Liberia. In this session we hope to address the myth, the risk; the challenges, and the outcome in working with the low income earners in Liberia.

  • Business Can Be Your Urban Ministry

Rodolpho Carrasco, Partners Worldwide United States Regional Facilitator
Business is the greatest hope for positive material transformation in the lives of the poor. Yet our churches give little attention to businesspeople apart from sermons against greed and appeals for them to give generously to ministry projects. And justice advocates often claim for-profit enterprise is the source of economic justice and infer that nonprofit work is a nobler calling. But God has called many with the vision that business is their ministry, and many more need that calling affirmed in their lives. Learn the Biblical basis for business as ministry, review an international model for creating jobs in some of the poorest parts of the world, and engage in a dialogue on how we can fuel this movement for North American urban-based business as ministry.

Session 3

  • Leveraging Strengths to Improve Individual and Team Results

Jim Louwsma, AfricaWorks
Self-awareness is the first step to development. Strengthsfinder enables individuals to become more self-aware by learning their unique strengths and how to apply them in their work. And, it enables individuals to better understand the strengths of those they work with to increase their ability to work more effectively with others. Join this session to gain practical tools and insights to leverage the strengths of your team for effective business and effective ministry.

  • Walking alongside: Nurturing Healthy Cross-Cultural Partnerships

Nana Yaa Dodi, Partners Worldwide East Africa Regional Facilitator and Lou Haveman, Partners Worldwide Southern Africa Regional Facilitator
Join us for a lively session on maintaining and growing your global partnerships. What does it mean to “walk-alongside”? How can you prepare and gain skills for healthy cross-cultural partnerships? Hear vibrant examples of partnerships taking up the challenge of cross-cultural relationships and impacting the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • A Million Jobs for Africa

AfricaWorks is a church-centered and African owned, led and managed organization.  With heart and passion to economically transform the African Continent, they are committed to creating 1 million jobs in 20 African Countries by 2020. This workshop will focus on AfricaWorks' key pillars for growth and sustainability: ownership, relationship and empowerment. They will share their model of creating sustainable business entities with a holistic approach among marginalized communities. AfricaWorks provides business development services, financial services to support trade, and agri-business for micro to small enterprises along the value chain.

  • Be the Market Leader: Disruptive Lessons from Freshbox Catering

Joe DeLoss, Director of Social Enterprise at Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
An enterprise’s social mission is only as good as the quality of service or product they offer.  This workshop is about putting the ‘entrepreneurship’ back into ‘social entrepreneurship’ by encouraging attendees to develop disruptive and competitive enterprises. Through lessons learned while developing Freshbox Catering, workshop facilitators hope to define the role of competition, mission marketing, and product development in effective social enterprising.  Attendees should expect to learn more about the story of Freshbox Catering and contribute ideas and examples!

  • Giving Work: The Samasource Model

Leila Chirayath Janah
Samasource connects over 900 women, youth, and refugees in the poorest parts of the world to microwork-- small tasks that can be done online using inexpensive computers and free software. Microwork gives marginalized people a chance to earn a living by playing a vital role in the business processes of big companies. In a year, Samasource has contracted more than $1.5M in sales from firms including Intuit and LinkedIn. Founder Leila Janah will give an in depth look at the Samasource Model, her experience as a entrepreneur in the growing field of social entrepreneurship and the challenges of scaling up.

  • Training for Microenterprise

Livingstone Mukasa, Managing Director at Living Business Education
Business training for the active poor does not need to be complicated to be effective; nor
does it have to be delivered by well-educated and experienced business people. A bit of your business knowledge delivered in a structured environment is just what someone needs to start a journey out of poverty. Come for a hands-on approach to helping the active poor set-up and run micro to small businesses.

  • Business as Mission (BAM)

Dr. Neal Johnson
Learn why so many people are recognizing Business as Mission as a critical piece to mission and development work. Hear Dr. Neal Johnson provide an overview of the BAM landscape, touching upon many variations of how BAM is being implemented around the world. Dr. Johnson is the author of Business as Mission: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory & Practice and is considered by many to be one of the leading global experts on Business as Mission.

 

 

 

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