Opportunity: Africa 2014

Senator Coons' third annual Opportunity: Africa conference was held on March 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. The conference links Delaware businesses, faith communities and individuals with top experts on Africa, providing insight on trade opportunities and issues including human rights challenges, sustainable development, food security and global health. 

Keynote Address

Conference Agenda

8:30 - Registration

9:00 - Opening Keynote
U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs

9:30 - Workshops

Doing Business in Africa: An Introduction

  • Michael Masserman, Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion and Strategy, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Thomas W. Laryea, Partner, Dentons
  • Osagie Imasogie, Executive Chairman, Iroko Pharmaceuticals
  • Tom Connelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont
  • Moderator: Stephen Hayes, Corporate Council on Africa


Ending Poaching and Protecting Africa’s Wildlife

  • Carter Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, World Wildlife Fund
  • Brooke Darby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • John Kasaona, Co-Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation
  • Moderator: Katie Carpenter, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

11:00 - Workshops

Powering Africa’s Future: Increasing Energy Access

  • Agnes Dasewicz, Deputy Director of Power Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Dell Renigar, Senior Counsel for Global Government Affairs and Policy, GE
  • Moderator: Tom Hart, ONE Campaign

Women Leading Africa

  • Shari Turitz, Vice President for International Programs, American Jewish World Service
  • Dr. Elaine Rosa Salo, University of Delaware
  • Stephanie Foster, Senior Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues Department of State
  • Moderator: Dr. Gretchen Bauer, University of Delaware

12:30 - Lunch Break


2:00 - Keynote
President Bill Clinton

3:00 - Conference Ends