Greetings and welcome to the 2nd African Diaspora Women Summit

On behalf of the planning committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 African Diaspora Women Summit, scheduled for Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of September 2018, at Melbourne Polytechnic, Collingwood Campus, Melbourne, Australia.

The 2018 theme is: “Foster Collaborations, Enhance Growth through Self-Development.” This theme is drawn from the outcomes of the successful 2017 Summit. This year’s Summit focus is on solutions.  In line with this, our presenters and panelists are drawn from diverse walks of life including - Business, Leadership, Health, Academia, Politics, Investment, and Civil Society. We believe that their diverse experiences and thoughts will provide ideas and propose solutions for some of the global challenges.

This Summit shall provide opportunities to showcase the talent, skills and capabilities that exist within the African diaspora. It will provide prospects for talent and staff scouting by professionals and networking. It is also a platform for continuous learning and capacity building for both presenters and delegates. In line with this year’s theme: Foster Collaborations, Enhance Growth through Self-Development,” the topics to be covered include:

  • African Advancement;
  • Leadership;
  • Building, Creating and Strengthening Networks;
  • The African Professionals in the Diaspora;
  • Success Stories (Brag time);
  • Research;
  • Emerging Businesses and Entrepreneurships;
  • Infrastructure: Arts, Science and Technological;
  • Health: Sexual and Mental Health; and
  • Family Violence with Service Delivery

I look forward to welcoming and engaging with every one of you in Melbourne, the most livable city in the world.  Come and experience the African and Australian hospitality, while feeding your mind and being part of the solution.

Mimmie Claudine Watts. Ph.D.

Convener, African Diaspora Women Summit
Academic &, Managing Director Achieve W. Global
Author, Sahara Piercing the Thatch Ceiling
Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission


Melbourne Polytechnic, Collingwood Campus
20 Otter St. Collingwood,  Melbourne

Who Should Attend

  • Service Providers
  • Leaders
  • Gender Advocates
  • Men & Women from all races and backgrounds

☎ Contact Us

Email: info@africandiasporawomensummit.org.au
Tel: +61 (0)409 694 244


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Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor

Commissioner for Human Resources - African Union

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Hon. Richard Wynne

Minister for Planning - Andrews Ministry

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Hon. Bruce Atkinson

President of the Legislative Council, Victoria Australia


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Peter Khalil

Federal Member for Wills - Australian Parliament

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Inga Peulich

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

MLC, Victorian Parliament, Australia


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Dr Muna Abdalla

Manager - African Union Leadership Academy

Ethiopia & Sudan

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Dr Rita Bissoonauth

African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa

Burkina Faso

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Helen Kapalos

Chairperson - Victorian Multicultural Commission

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Dr Asrat Atsedeweyn Andargie

Vice President Academics -University of Gondar,


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Evangeline Ngwashi

IICFIP Director of Promotion USA & Canada


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Dr Casta Tungaraza

Chair - AGAAR

Australia & Tanzania

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Shillar Sibanda

Chair Africa Day Australia


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Selba Gondonza Luka

CEO/Founder AAC/Co-Founder Black Rhinos and Peregrine Falcons Club; VMC Regional Advisory Council Member


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Dr Francis Acquah

Psychiatric Nurse & Community Trainer


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Dr Apollo S. Nsubuga-Kyobe

Justice of the Peace - Victoria

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Dr Chris Lemoh

President - Victorian African Health Action Network

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Felicity Mecha

Electrical Engineer


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Prof. Michael Kolawole

Defence Scholar & Entrepreneur

Nigeria & Australia

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Yeni Kuti

Artist & Journalist

UK, Nigeria

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Amer Majak

First South Sudanese Female Pilot in Australia

South Sudan

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Rabecca Mphande

Community Leader & Educator


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Joanne Arkoi

Teacher & Nurse

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Prof. Cassandra Szoeke

Director - Women’s Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP)

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Mr Mohamed Fahkry

Consul General - Arab Republic of Egypt, Melbourne

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Mayase Jere

Senior Business Analyst - ThoughtWorks

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Gracieuse Amah

Founder - U & Grace

France & Benin

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Kilmeny Beckering Vinckers

Jan Kavanagh

Director - Optimum Recruitment & Optimum Talent


Elizabeth Etta

Co-founder - Awaken

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David Reynolds

Principal - Melton Secondary College

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Dr Lillian Mwanri

Course Coordinator - Flinders University

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Peter Uzande

Convenor - African Human Rights Committee


Summit Program

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Detailed Program

Click on the button below to download the detailed program.

2018 Photos

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2018 Day One

Friday, 07 September 2018

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2018 Day Two

Saturday, 08 September 2018


Committee Members


Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts

Summit Convenor

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Patricia Kimtia


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Nevein El Refai

Public Relations

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Morley Muse

Doctorate Researcher - Victoria University

Mehak Sheikh

Mehak Sheikh


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Amanda Green

Volunteer Coordinator

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Tracy-Kate Watts

Committee Secretariat

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Sherry-Rose Bih Watts



Emmanuel Mbala


Amir El Refai


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Robert Aduer Ring

South Sudan


2017 Report, Videos & Photographs

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IADWS Declaration & Report

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2017 Videos

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2017 Day One

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2017 Day Two

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Contact Us

Email: info@africandiasporawomensummit.org.au

Tel +61 (0)409 694 244