Invited Panelists and Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
U.S. Senator, Chris Coons
In his first two years as a United States Senator, Chris Coons has worked hard to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation.
As a member of the Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Energy & Natural Resources and Budget committees, Senator Coons is uniquely positioned to nurture American innovation and make the United States more competitive in the global market.
Senator Coons is the only freshman Senator to serve as a subcommittee chair, leading the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and emerging as an important voice on the security challenges and economic opportunities offered by the continent. He is focused on building partnerships throughout Africa and ensuring that health programs, food aid, economic development and security assistance reach those in need. While a college student, Senator Coons studied at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
In his role as subcommittee chair and as a member of the full Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Coons is working for the interests of Delaware and the United States abroad while shaping a more stable and secure world. This includes advocating for peace and stability in regions plagued by conflict, supporting our troops in the field and stemming the spread of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Senator Coons lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.
James Baker, Mayor, City of Wilmington
Mayor James Baker’s decades-long volunteer activities reflect his commitment to active partnerships between government and the private sector, not only to meet basic needs, but also to improve the environment, preserve heritage, enrich culture, provide economic opportunity and to give citizens a active voice in their government and community.
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, African Union Ambassador the United States
Ambassador Ali speaks on behalf of the African Union and its member states to accelerate socio-economic integration of the continent, promote peace and stability, and build partnerships between African governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women and youth, as well as the private sector.
Alan B Levin, Cabinet Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office
Dr. Azuka Anyiam, President, VICA Technologies, LLC
Dr. Anyiam is an expert in renewable power projects in emerging markets. He has achieved Successful USTDA feasibility studies in energy projects, Successful Municipal Studies, waste management studies, waste characterization, Carbon Development Mechanism (CDM) Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Diane Laird, State Coordinator, Downtown Delaware, Delaware Economic Development Office
Ellyn Herbert, Women’s Business representative, Small Business Administration
Ken Anderson, Director, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support Delaware Economic Development
Ken is the central point for entrepreneurism and small business for the State of Delaware, created and chairs the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Business Conference, Delaware Small Business Summit for Minority and Women Owned Businesses, and the Base Realignment and Closure or BRAC Conferences
John Fleming, Deputy Director, Small Business Administration. Head of Presidential & White House initiative in Chester PA.
John F. Fleming, a native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, serves as the Deputy Director for the Delaware District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. As the Deputy Director, Fleming is responsible for the delivery and management of the SBA’s financial and business development programs throughout the state of Delaware.
Mr. Fleming started his SBA career in 1992, and has served in various positions including Chief Credit Officer, Marketing Specialist, and Public Information Officer.
Mr. Fleming graduated in 1992 from Widener University in Chester Pennsylvania, with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending college, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer.
Sam Nyabiosi, CISSP, President Gateway Solutions LLC, DE
Mr. Sam Nyabiosi, has spent the last 4 years leading various businesses in Developing countries focused on infusing technology into Education, Health and Government institutions. Prior to that he spent 18 years in the US working for fortune 100 companies in Design, Project Management, Implementation and Operational Roles. Mr. Nyabiosi is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and has extensive experience in overhauling and improving the entire security posture of large scale institutions. His background includes industries spanning Energy (Salem Hope Creek Nuclear Power Station), Manufacturing (DuPont and ISP), Finance and Banking (JPMorgan Chase and BankOne) and Technology (Computer Sciences Corporation). Mr. Nyabiosi holds a BSEE Degree from NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and is a member of the IEEE and ISCE Professional Societies. He is a Certified Project Manager (PMO), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and has other industry Technical Certifications. He is a proven leader who has overseen numerous and extensive Technology Projects in Fortune 100 Companies.
Matthew Meyer, Attorney & Former Senior Economic Adviser for the US State Department. Matthew Meyer is an attorney and former senior economic adviser for the US State Department in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, embedded with the US military in Mosul, Iraq. Mr. Meyer has appeared on CNN and spoken on entrepreneurship and technology as cornerstones of economic and social development.
Michael Haney, Director Global Operations, Wise Power Systems
Olakunle Oludina, Business Consultant, Delaware Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
Patricia Troy-Brooks, Entrepreneur & Author, Peopleshare
A workforce expert, author, motivational speaker, and consultant, Pat Troy-Brooks has helped tens of thousands of people regain hope and employment through training and job placement. Pat’s story encompasses 28 years of marketing, employment, and workforce development experience.
Romi Bhatia, Senior Advisor Diaspora Partnerships Office, USAID
William R. Houck, Office of International Trade, Export Solutions Group
Valerie Mosley, Senior VP, Partner and Portfolio Manager CFA, Wellington Management Company.
Valerie Mosley is Senior Vice President, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Wellington Management Company, LLP, a $625 billion global money management firm. She joined the firm in 1992 and personally manages billions of fixed income portfolios for corporate and public pension funds, endowments, and mutual funds.