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2016 Retreat Agenda

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

6:15 – 6:30pm – Welcome for New Members and First Timers

6:30 – 9:00pm – Reception and Opening Dinner

Welcome:  Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, AGAG
Remarks:  Conrad Person, Johnson & Johnson 

Introduction: William Moses, Managing Director, Education, Kresge Foundation
Moderator: Vuyiswa Sidzumo, Chair, AGAG Steering Committee; Director, South Africa Office, C. S. Mott Foundation- Johannesburg
Guest Speaker:  Professor Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Thursday, April 14, 2016

7:00 – 8:30am – Breakfast in Dining Room 

 7:55 – 8:25am – Orientation for New Members & First Timers

 8:30 – 8:45am – Welcome and Retreat Overview
Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

 8:45 – 9:45am – Talking Stick: Listening
Moderator: Hafeeza E. Rashed, Senior Advisor, King Baudouin Foundation United States

Learn to Shut up and Listen: Philanthropy, Power and Partnership

Presenter: Nicolette Naylor, Representative for Southern Africa, Ford Foundation

Face the Truth: Challenges of Building Locally Led NGOs
Presenter: Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and President, Face Africa

 9:45 – 10:00am – Break

10:05 – 11:25am – Protests and Social Change: Grantmaking in Rapidly Changing Landscapes
Moderator:  Vuyiswa Sidzumo, Director South Africa Office, C. S. Mott Foundation
Panel: Zachariah Mampilly, Director of Africana Studies, Vassar College
Nyeleti Honwana, Program Officer, H.F. Guggenheim Foundation

11:30 – 12:30pm – What I Hear: News, Views and Advocacy Journalism
Speaker: Omoyele Sowore, Founder, Sahara Reporters

12:35 -1:55pm – Lunch  in Dining Room

2:00 – 3:20pm – Migrations: Identity, Place and Choice: Implications for Funders
Moderator: Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Director of Special Projects, Segal Family Foundation 
Panel: Emily Arnold-Fernandez, Esq., Executive Director, Asylum Access
Daniel Muhwezi, CIYOTA Co-founder, Secretary General & Chief Financial Officer
Shira Gitomer, Global Health Program Director, Geneva Global 

3:30 – 4:50pm – Key Issues in Health Care in Africa: Management and Leadership
Moderator: Michael Bzdak, Executive Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Panel: Jane Wathome, Founder & Executive Director, Beacon of Hope (Kenya)
Renson Kiamba, Manager, Sub-Sahara Africa, Johnson & Johnson Family Companies Contribution Fund
Robert Kelty, Executive Director, Amref Health Africa

4:55 – 5:10pm – Wrap Up

6:00 – 7:30pm – Reception – Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (off site)

7:30 – 10:00pm – Dinner in Dining Room   

8:00-9:15 – Networking session
Join your colleague for networking and after dinner discussions

Friday, April 15, 2016

7:00 – 8:30am – Breakfast in Dining Room 

8:30 – 8:45am – Agenda Overview and House keeping

8:45- 10:00am – The Role of Africa Philanthropy Networks
Moderator: Yvonne Moore, Principle, Moore Philanthropy
Panel: Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

Karen Sai, Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network (Ghana)
Evans O. Okinyi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (Kenya)

10:05 -10:50am – Talking Stick: Learning: Case Study Presentations (Concurrent Sessions)

Case Study I- Stronger Together: Lessons Learned from Grantee-Peer Mentorship
Presenter: Leah Teklemariam, Director of Programs, Stephen Lewis Foundation (Canada)

Case Study II: Investment Framework for Burundi
Presenter: Katie Bunten-Wren, Director of Partnerships, Segal Family Foundation (United States)

Case Study III: Beyond Fundraising: Learning from Resource Mobilization for Research Program
Presenter: Nicole Genereux, Senior Partnership officer, International Development Research Centre, (Canada)

10.55 – 12:15pm – Meeting Today’s Needs and Building for the Future: Key Issues in Education
Moderator: Karen Colvard, Program Director, H. F. Guggenheim Foundation
Panel: Kelly Askew, Director, African Studies Center, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor
Dr. Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Founder, Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE); Founder, African School of Economics (ASE), Benin
Faith Umoh, Graduate Student, Boston University

12:15 – 12:45pm – Free time for networking and side meetings

12:45 – 1:55pm – Lunch in Dining Room 

2:00 – 3:20pm- Funding for Civil Society in Africa: What is the Role of Philanthropy?
Moderator: Andrea Johnson, Program Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Panel: Larry McGill, Vice President for Research, Foundation Center
Bhekinkosi Moyo, Executive Director, Southern Africa Trust
Tendai Murisa, Executive Director, TrustAfrica

3:25 – 4:25pm – Talking Stick: Taking Action
Moderator: Gladys Ndgire, Founder, Go Make Good
Speaker: Olivia Byanyima, Co- Founder, Olivia Knox, Inc. 

4:30pm – Retreat ends and Departure

(agenda subject to change)