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Friday, March 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Teaching Cheetahs: Disruptive Education in Africa

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The discussion will focus on bringing to light some of the innovative ideas being put into practice on the African continent to build leadership and management capacity thus enabling African to fully take advantage of its accelerating growth trajectory. Creating and expanding opportunities for youth engagement, education and empowerment is especially important in Africa since it is the youngest continent on the planet, with over 70% of its population under 30.

The panel will use examples of institutions and initiatives with unique and innovative approaches to closing Africa’s education gap. Leveraging tools that range from text message based test prep to ‘pay-it-forward’ funding for higher education, these organizations will provide the audience with a glimpse into the rapidly evolving landscape of African education and how it will affect the continents leadership going forward.


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John Kidenda

@John Kidenda is the Vice Chairman of the Board at the African Leadership Bridge, an Austin based Non-profit that provides scholarships to students from Africa to study in the US. He is also a senior associate at the Advisory Board Company. He is deeply passionate about education in Africa and... Read More →

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Christopher Khaemba

@Christopher Situma Khaemba is a Kenyan educator, former headmaster of Alliance High School, and the current Dean of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He moved from Alliance to become the founding Dean at the South Africa-based academy in 2008. Widely regarded as one of Africa's leading educationi... Read More →

Trent McKnight

Rancher, McKnight Ranch
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Christy Pipkin

As the Executive Director of the The Nobelity Project, @Christy Pipkin works to bring the non-profit’s initiatives to fruition — creating motivating documentaries and short films, helming educational outreach in the US and abroad, and maintaining oversight on development projects around the world... Read More →
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Rick Reeder

@Rick Reeder started the African Leadership Bridge in 2007 after deciding to create an opportunity for the next generation of African leaders. Those individuals will serve their continent instead of themselves. Mr. Reeder is also a Senior Consultant at Dell and is President of the Board of Directo... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

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