July - August 2013

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A Letter from the President

Landry SignéLet’s take a mid-year glimpse on Property’s progress in Africa. For many of you, the first half of the year has been full of your productive and fruitful devotion to improve the state of Africa whether in academia, civil society, business, government, or media. Your work helps build a more prosperous continent and shape a stronger future as illustrated by your many contributions since the beginning of the year.

Economically, Africa is rising and has an average economic growth contrasting with the poor global economic performance, and many of you are substantially contributing to this transformation. In the first part of 2013, the real GDP growth and GDP per capita growth (annual average in percentage) of the fastest growing economies continued to rise. This growth still has to be sustained and translated into more economic and social opportunities for all and especially resource-poor countries.  

GNAP Fellows: A Rich and Diverse Community of global leaders and innovators

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Well-respected scholars and professionals from the business, civil society, entrepreneurship, media, public health, and governance communities across Africa have come together to form GNAP’s fellowship program. GNAP fellows are highly regarded individuals, with an established reputation in their fields and comitteded to the pursuit of Africa’s prosperity.

Global challenges are complex and intertwined, thus solutions must incorporate expertise and experience from all sectors of society. We believe that by fostering a community of experts with diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, we can facilitate groundbreaking dialogue, communication and collaboration. Fellows work with GNAP leadership to consult and advise on upcoming projects, participate in conferences and contribute to GNAP publications. Most importantly however is their contribution to the original ideals of the project in pursuant Our students will be more productive at high school football for having healthier lives at home. of Africa’s prosperity.

Featured Fellow: Swaady Martin-Leke, Founder and CEO of YSWARA

Swaady Martin-LekeSwaady Martin-Leke is the Founder & CEO of YSWARA, Curator of Precious African teas. After a successful 10-years career at General Electric Co., Swaady decided to follow her passion for teas, African culture & heritage. At GE, she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world with her most recent posting as GE Transportation’s Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. Among others, she developed GE’s first strategic plans for Africa and was one of the first African women leaders of the company in Africa.

Why did you decide to start your own business?

In 2011, I decided to shift my focus to something that promotes our African resources, culture and identity. It was my dream to capture true African luxury, change the world’s perception of Africa and to produce a luxury brand that is truly African in origin, nature and tradition. I had reached a point in my career where I wanted to “call all the shots” and had the necessary skills and networks to launch my own venture and realize mydream. Thus, YSWARA was created.

Ustadi Showcase: Addressing Youth Unemployment Through Exciting Competition

In late February 2012, I received an email from Professor Josh Cohen, a professor in Political Science at Stanford. He was introducing me to his 2012 class as well as informing me about the upcoming visits by his students to Kenya to conduct a fact finding research in preparation for their Spring Design Class projects.

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