AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America

Africa-America Institute 60th Anniversary Awards Gala – Briefing & Arrivals

"Thirty years ago I landed in this country... a young African, 23 years old, full of dreams, but no cash," said Kandeh K. Yumkella, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. "But one guarantee I had was a that I had a scholarship to go to one of the best institutions in this country, Cornell University. I availed of that opportunity and thanks to that, I am where I am today, 30 years later. As we look ahead to the next 60 years ... [Africa] is the next frontier."

On business development:
"Just to say to African Americans ... there is opportunity in Africa. ... Come take a look for yourself. You should be part of looking at that business opportunity and say, 'We want to be there,' because others are coming. ...We could be the last frontier to feed the world... so I see a good link with the black, agricultural universities, and let's begin the cultural exchanges. We want to see more African Americans coming in."

“Thirty years ago I landed in this country… a young African, 23 years old, full…