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Kente & Silk | Riding the Technology Disruption Wave in Africa – Beijing

Nov 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Africa is embracing technological disruption in an unprecedented way that sets it apart from other continents.

Join us for an evening where we explore what is happening in the technology innovation space in Africa in a social impact perspective. We’ll be talking about why Africa is considered the ‘next big thing’ from an innovation perspective and share the stories of some high impact social innovation startups that are transforming the continent. These stories will demonstrate the ingenuity of African people from all walks of life who are affecting change in their communities through mobilizing technology as an enabler, creating new lines of business and employment opportunities.

Hannah Wanjie Ryder is the CEO of Development Reimagined, China Representative of ChinaAfrica Advisory and Senior Partner for the Made in Africa Initiative and will be here in Beijing to take us on this journey. She will also be joined by Lina Ayenew – Founder of EduTech Social Enterprise: Education for Ethiopia, who will share her entrepreneurial journey.


18:00 Registration and Food & Beverages

19:00 Introduction to Startup Grind

19:15 Introduction Education for Ethiopia (E4E) by Founder Lina Getachew Ayenew

19:30 Introduction Development Reimangined by Hannah Wanjie Ryder

19:45 Panel Discussion and Q&A with Lina, Hannah & Miatta

20:15 Networking

21:00 End of Event

Date: November 22nd (Thursday)

Time:18:00 – 21:00

Venue: No.6 Innoway B1, 48 Haidian West Street, Haidian District, Beijing

Language: The event is held in English with Live Audio Streaming (no Chinese Translation) by Akkadu

About the Speakers


CEO of Development Reimagined

Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr. Sumarie Roodt will not make this ACT SI on Nov 22, but she will join this event series in the New Year. We are excited to announce that Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, will now join us, as we continue to “Ride the Technology Disruption Wave in Africa”.

Hannah Wanjie Ryder is the CEO of Development Reimagined, the first Kenyan wholly foreign owned enterprise in Beijing. She is also China Representative of ChinaAfrica Advisory and Senior Partner for the Made in Africa Initiative.

Hannah is a former Kenyan and British diplomat and economist by training with over 15 years of experience. Over this period, Hannah spent 2 years leading a 20-plus UN team supporting Chinese foreign aid and cooperation; 6 years bolstering effective appraisal, design and evaluation of global development cooperation – including as UK Team Leader for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), another 2 years designing/evaluating UK aid private sector programmes in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Indonesia and Korea – and also as chair of an OECD DAC Task Force for 2 years; 6 years as a climate change negotiator including devising and managing the UK contribution to the World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); and she was also a co-author of the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change.

Hannah is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership in China and Africa and her contributions to gender/race diversity and is regularly invited to write for and appear on outlets such as Project Syndicate, the Guardian, CGTN and more.  She is fluent in English, proficient in elementary Chinese, French and Swahili.


Founder & CEO, Education for Ethiopia

Lina is an author and social entrepreneur from Ethiopia, who wrote the first (and only) book that teaches Mandarin Chinese to Amharic speakers – Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia which has a population of 100 million.

She is a recent founder of Education for Ethiopia, a social enterprise currently collaborating with Khan Academy to create educational content in Ethiopia’s local languages.

Lina is also an established writer who has been chronicling the most important events between China and Africa in her annual publication, “Mega-Themes in Africa-China Relations” which has been used as a reference for ambassadors, researchers and students and can be accessed at www.dalu-insights.com.

Lina’s journey to China began when she served as an adjunct professor at the prestigious Xiangya Medical School through the Yale-China Fellowship. Following a corporate stint in Beijing, she began her efforts to closely study the influence of the Asian giant in her homeland, Ethiopia. She has also worked with the Ethiopian Tourism Organisation (a government entity) to define Ethiopia’s tourism branding so as to facilitate promotion in China.

Lina is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yale-China Association which was founded in 1901 by Yale graduates to foster long-term relations concerning education, health and cultural understanding and improvement between China and the United States.

She is an Amharic and English native speaker – also fluent in French and highly proficient in Mandarin and Spanish.

Lina received her undergrad and graduate degree from Yale University and currently resides in Beijing with her husband and daughter.

About the Host


Co-Founder of Kente & Silk

Miatta is a Business Development Manager of Kente & Silk with over 10 years of professional experience in Europe & China.

About Kente & Silk

Kente & Silk has the overall aim to change the status quo of Africa-China relations by increasing African agency. Kente & Silk creates events aimed at creating cultural connections and awareness about African communities (e.g. African Week and Africa China Tech for Social Impact – ACT SI), and serves as ‘boots on the ground’ for African Entrepreneurs who wish to engage Chinese partners or to tap into China’s consumer market through market scoping, investment facilitation, partnership development and product distribution services.


Nov 22, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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