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    The Program for day 3 – Thursday, June 18 th, 2020

    Panel 5: Peace Building in Africa, International System and Debt cancellation.

    Time: 9.30am-11am (EST), (Moderator: Dr. Hancock).

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    1. Rev. Uduak Ubom. (9.30am-9.50am, 5 minutes-Q&A, end by 9. 55am)

    Rev. Uduak Ubom, Overseer/Bishop Uduak (Udy) James Ubom, Attorney & Counselor-at-Law, is a native of Nigeria and a citizen of the United States of America.  He is married to Edy Ubom, and the couple has four biological children and 42 adopted children.  Overseer/Bishop Ubom is the Overseer for Africa, for all the Africa Churches the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America Inc. He is also an Ordained Elder and Chairman of the International Ministry of Greater Mt. Calvary Holly Church in Washington, D.C., where Archbishop Alfred Owens, Jr., is the Presiding Prelate. Overseer Ubom is also a Visiting Pastor at Banner of Grace International Ministries, Counsel/Member Agrobiz Board, Ima Abasi Foundation, Manner International, Christ faith Church Incorporated, etc. 

     Overseer Ubom has previously served with the D.C. Public Defender Service, Lutheran Social Services, was managing partner at Ubom, White & Roberts, LLC.  He has previously served as Vice President of HOPE Foundation, East Coast Representative of Pro-Health Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of America, Radio Talk Host of Good Day Africa on WPGC Radio, News Broadcaster – Radio NADECO, and Guest Commentator on American Choice TV. 

    Overseer Ubom is a member of the following Bar: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, District of Columbia Supreme Court, Maryland Court of Appeals, United States District Court for Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Eight and Eleventh Circuits.

    His Awards include; Lawyers Publishing Award, Award in Immigration Law, Academic Scholar, Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Law, Who is Who Among American Law Students, American Jurisprudence Award, The National Deans List, Deans Honor List, and a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, graduate from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., where he was the President -Pro-tem of the Students Union, Campus Minister, Class, Lexis and West Law Representatives. 

    Apart of being a Lawyer, Rev. Ubom has ministered extensively in Churches in the United States, Asia, and Africa.  He currently represents several churches, corporations and officials from Liberia, Togo, Congo, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Nigeria etc.  He currently practices International Business/Finance, Personal Injury, Immigration, Employment Discrimination, Corporate, Tax, Real Estate/Loan Counseling, and Family laws in Washington D.C.  


    2. Dr. Pauline Muchina. (9.55am- 10.25am, 5 minutes-Q&A, end by 10.30am)

    Dr.Pauline Muchina, comes from the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, where her family still resides. She went to the U.S. to study and earned a Ph.D. in 2000. Currently, she is the Policy, Education, and Advocacy Coordinator for Africa at AFSC in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as the Senior Partnership Advisor for UNAIDS for seven and a half years. Pauline serves in several boards and advisory groups including, the Global Room for Women and the Center for Health and Hope. Also, she is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She holds a master’s degree from Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary. During the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Muchina chairs the COVID-19 working group of Advocacy Network for Africa, which is advocating for additional funding to African countries to respond to COVID-19, for debt cancelation, and calling on African governments to act quickly to contain COVID-19 before it overruns the limited health systems and meager resources in Africa. The working group is responsible for organizing the African Liberation Day event. In 2015, Pauline co-founded African Women & Youth Initiative, a handmade creative design company that crafts authentic handmade African products for the global market. Based in Also, Dr. Muchina is the founder of the Future African Leaders Project, designed to support promising African youth who face significant challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health.  


    3. Mr. Bako Ambianda. ( 10.30am-10.50am, 5 minutes-Q&A, end by10.55 am)

    Mr.Bako Ambianda is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Labacorp Group of Companies (LGC), a dynamic diversified holding company with a portfolio of businesses and strategic investments in key sectors. He serves as the President and CEO of Labacorp Energy Limited (LEL), an indigenous oil and gas company with operations in the energy, mining, and power generation sectors primarily in Cameroon with extended operations in international markets. Mr. Bako has intensive knowledge, expertise, and an understanding of business opportunities that exist in Africa, he speaks regularly at international gatherings on Solar Power, Doing Business in Africa, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), and Economic Development in Africa. He holds several board and advisory positions including PULSAR Development International Ltd, Evrensel Capital Partners Inc, AGRI-INVEST Sarl, Tiwala Markt Company LLC, and Asian-African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI). Mr. Bako holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, with advanced professional certificates in international development, strategic project management, and economic diplomacy. He is a global citizen, born and raised in Cameroon, Africa, and based in Houston, Texas (USA).

    4. Dr. Lawrence Freeman (10.55am-11.15am, 5 minutes-Q&A, end by 11.20 am)

    Dr. Freeman has been involved in Africa for 30 years. He is a researcher, writer, consultant, and speaker on a variety of topics concerning Africa. He provides a unique economic-political analysis of the African continent, with a focus on the importance of infrastructure for promoting economic growth. He has written hundreds of articles and reports on Africa, including essays on China-Africa, and U.S.-Africa policy. Mr. Freeman has visited the continent 25 times.

    In 2010, he was invited to join the Inaugural Advisory Committee to AFRICOM under General “Kip” Ward. In 2014 he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Lake Chad Basin International Scientific Committee.

    Mr. Freeman is spearheading an inter-basin water transfer project, called Transaqua, to save the shrinking Lake Chad. He was a featured speaker, along with President Buhari, at the International Conference to ‘Save Lake Chad,’ held in Abuja from February 26-28, 2018. He is an adjunct instructor at Catonsville Community College of Baltimore County, Frederick Community College, and OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, where he teaches several courses on African history. He is the creator of the blog: lawrencefreemanafricaandtheworld.com.

    Dr. Freeman is an outspoken critic of the ICC attacks on African countries, he led a delegation of American State Legislators to Sudan, who subsequently exposed the charges that the Khartoum government was engaged in slavery as fraudulent.

    Panel 6: Building relationship with constituents, what should we do in the New Normal as States and countries reopen to prevent the resurgence of Covid-19, and the Mental Health Challenges associated with all these.

    Time: 11am-12.50pm. (Moderator: Dr. Samuel L. Hancock).

    1. MS. ANDREA BARRON-TASSC (COVID-19 IN DETENTIONS)

    M/s. Andrea Barron is a program manager at TASSC International. She has made an enormous live changing impact on immigrants through her advocacy work at the capitol Hill.

    Ms. Barron develops and executes campaigns to influence policies to combat torture and human rights abuses, especially in Africa. She has trained over 250 survivors of torture to advocate in congressional offices and testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the U.S. Department of State. Andrea also manages TASSC’s Truth Speakers Program, where she prepares survivors to speak about their personal experiences as survivors of torture and problems with the US asylum process. She graduated from New York University, holds a master’s degree in History from Boston College and completed doctoral courses in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


    2. DR. DANIEL JUMA-GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION (15MINS, 5 Q&A).

    Mr. Daniel Juma, is an international Peace Advocate, Diplomat and an Expert on Peace, Security, Political & International affairs. He mainly refers to himself as a husband, and father to two children Regina and Henry.  He is currently the Executive Director of the Global Peace Foundation in Kenya where he works with stakeholders in efforts to transform education through programmes such as Character & Creativity, Leaphubs in Kenyan high schools. He believes his mission is to inspire the next generation of Kenyan leaders.

    Before joining the Global Peace Foundation in 2011, Daniel worked for the Korean government as a Trade and Investment officer at the Korea Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) for 10 years as a Trade Officer. Before joining KOTRA, Daniel lived and worked in Korea, Philippines, and Germany where he briefly enrolled for studies at Duisburg University in Krefeld.  He has a BA in Political Science & Korean Studies from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in International Studies from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS). He is also a Director in several companies such as Excel Consultium, Opinion Track & I Love Africa.

    has worked for several years as the Director for Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya. As Director he has spearheaded several key initiatives that tackle some of the most pressing issues in Kenya. GPF Kenya’s peace initiatives were highlighted in an interview with Media Max Network.

    Juma described his passion for community-driven initiatives to address some of Kenya’s most pressing issues. “Our focus is majorly on education and empowering women through various projects that touch lives. These are critical areas to address in society and often contribute to the overall socio-economic growth of a nation.”


    3. DR. OSAZ D. OSASONA-MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19 (15 MINS, Q&A)

    Dr. Osaz (Deji Osasona), is a Physician & Psychologist turned Life Coach, NLP/CBT therapist, Management consultant, Corporate trainer, Public speaker, Author, & Talk show host. He is an expert on effective stress management and resilience building.

    Dr.Osaz is a Behavior Change Expert, Peak Performance Coach, Management Consultant, Corporate Trainer, and Professional Speaker on topics like Resilience & Disruptive Change, Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Coaching in Leadership & Management, Goal-getting & Execution, Critical Thinking & Problem solving, High Performance Team building, Conflicts resolution, Negotiation, & Mental health in the workplace from an academic perspective, experience, exposure in Clinical medicine, Lifestyle medicine, Neuroscience, and Organizational psychology. And he has been featured on several powerful media houses across the globe talking on these issues.


    4. MR. CHIDI UKOMADU. (15 MINS ON PRESENTATION, 5 MINS Q&A)

    Chidi Ukomadu, graduated from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, with a BA Degree in Public Administration, and later a master’s in the same field at Nasarawa State University. He is currently working on his doctoral program in Public administration at the University of Abuja. Chidi Ukomadu, was a Senior Lecturer at Dorben Polytechnic Abuja and he currently lectures in the Department of Public Administration at Federal University Lokoja. He is also a Fellow at the Institute of Policy Management Development  (IPMD), Member of  the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria (CILGPAN),a member of Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (IPAN) and his area of interest is Good governance. . He has attended many conferences and published many papers in local and international journals. His area of interest is Good Governance.

    CLOSING REMARKS BY THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON BEHALF OF WATCH DEMOCRACY GROW AND OTHER DIASPORA ORGANIZATIONS.

    Mienye Badejo is the Deputy Director of Labor and an expert in employment and Migration. She heads the Job Center (NELEX) and Migrant Resource Center in Lagos. She is also a business coach, Counsellor, public speaker, and social entrepreneur. Her experience spans over 20 years in labor relations. She loves innovation, volunteering, and meeting people of like minds to find out of box practical solutions to problems.

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