Dr. Dennie M. Beach, CEO & President, Go Africa Network Inc. (Non-profit) and ASG Global Trade Inc.
Dr. Dennie M. Beach has with over 22 years of experience in data warehousing, Cloud computing, Storage, Big Data, BI and analytics with Dell, IBM and Microsoft. Previously, Dr. Beach spent 2 ½ years with the Teradata Corporation as an Account executive handling large Insurance and Healthcare organizations in the New York Metro area. From 2000 – 2006, Dr. Beach was the Global Services Manager at Microsoft responsible for Citigroup globally. From 1997 – 2000, Dr. Beach was a Partner Program Manager at Microsoft responsible for the mutual success of Accenture, KPMG, HP and Dell for software development and product integration initiatives.
Dr. Beach completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy with a specialization in International non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Walden University in 2010. Dr. Beach also holds a Masters in Technology from New York University, Polytechnic Institute, MBA from Walden University and a B.A. in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University.
In his free time, Dr. Beach serves a board chairperson and board member for various International non-profit organizations. Dr. Beach also enjoys yachting, chess, reading, and exercising.
Mr. Ibrahima Cisse, Senior VP Promotions, Chief Protocol Officer and Secretary, Go Africa Network Inc. (Non-profit) and ASG Global Trade Inc.
Mr. Ibrahima Cisse has with over 25 years of experience in Health, Human Services and Wellness in the New York Metro area which entities such as African Services Committee, Harlem Hospital and Columbia University. Previously, Mr. Cisse spent over 8 years in the Côte d’Ivoire Military with a distinguished service record.
Mr. Cisse is fluent in over 4 African languages and French. Mr. Cisse has a long and tenured history with the African Diaspora community in the New York Metro Area
In his free time, Mr. Cisse serves a board member of the Go Africa Network, and enjoys sports, cooking, exercising, and traveling.
Dr. Garfield Clunie
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR – Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science: Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY: Senior Medical Officer, Go Africa Network
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook,Dr.Garfield Ashford Dwight Clunie earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU Downtown Hospital, and went on to complete a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Tufts University Medical Center. Dr. Clunie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Clunie’s special interests include prenatal diagnosis of fetal genetic and anatomic abnormalities and diabetes in pregnancy. As a faculty member, Dr. Clunie is the Director of Ambulatory MFM Services at The Mount Sinai Hospital’s OB/GYN Ambulatory Care Practice.
Dr. Eric Fouh
Senior Technology Officer, Go Africa Network Inc. (Non-profit)
Dr. Eric Fouh has over 10 years of experience in Computer Science. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. His research interests include web technologies, mobile technologies, digital libraries, and digital education.
In his free time, Dr. Fouh enjoys sports, reading, exercising, and traveling.
Dr. Samuel Jones
Dr. Jones is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and Attending Physician at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, New York & Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Jones Background comprises over 18 years of extensive medical, Health and Consultative duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous. Dr. Jones has initiated and been proactively involved in progressive care and treatment methodologies throughout his long and tenured career. Dr. Jones has presented on numerous topics within his defined scope of influence since 2002.
Dr. Jones, Received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1994 and B.S., Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1989.
Dr. Jones numerous certifications include but not limited to the following:
American Board of Emergency Medicine Certification – current.
New York Medicine and Surgery License, 217144 – current
California Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, A066965 – current.
Advanced Traumatic Life Support Certification — current.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification — current.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification — current.
Basic Life Support Certification — current.
HVREMAC Certification – current.
Los Angeles County Base Station Physician — current
Dr. Charles C. Edwards
Dr. Edwards is currently the Chief Social Officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Edwards Background comprises over 18 years of education and counseling duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous. Dr. Edwards has also been publishing articles within his defined scope of influence since 1999.
Dr. Edwards, Received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University (2013), MS.Ed Guidance and Counseling from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (2006), MS in Government from University of the West Indies and BS International Relations & Psychology from that same in Institution in 1996.
Dr. Edwards numerous certifications include but not limited to the following:
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
New York State Permanent Certification in School Counseling
New York State Permanent Teaching Certification in Social Studies
New York State Certified Alcohol and Substance Counselor (CASAC ‘T)
Mr. Gilroy Simpson
Mr. Simpson is currently the Senior Operations Officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and Case Manager at Weston United Community Renewal, INC – New York, NY. Mr. Simpson’s Background comprises over 18 years of extensive Health, Human Resource Management and Patient Care management, and Consultative duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous.
Mr. Simpson, received his Master of Science (MS), Human Resource Management from DeVry University, New York, and NY in 2012 and received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Computing and Management Studies from the University of Technology – Kingston, Jamaica in 2001.
Kam-Au currently serves as the Senior Marketing Officer for Go Africa Network Inc. Kam-Au is an entrepreneur who is passionate about growing entertainment and cultural enterprises. He boasts experience in training, media and the performing arts, and displays a full appreciation of the convergence of media and culture within the global context. He was one of the executive producers for the Fi Wi Choice music chart show, aired weekly on Jamaican television, and briefly in New York and the UK. He has also participated as owner and a partner in a few Jamaican retail businesses. Currently, he is also engaged in brand licensing and real estate investing.
He has served as Deputy Director of Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Jamaica and as a member of the government’s Cultural Industries Council (formerly the Entertainment Advisory Board). He also lectured at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where he designed and coordinated the implementation of a pioneering BA in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management.
Kam-Au holds a BA in African & African Diaspora Studies and a MPhil in Cultural Studies from the UWI; a MSc in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida; as well as Entertainment Business certification from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Cheikh Eteka Traore
Dr Cheikh Eteka Traore, MD, MSC, FRSPH: Chief Medical Officer – Africa, for the GO Africa Network.
Dr.Traore is a bi-national citizen of both Mauritania and Nigeria. He is a freelance consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated in medicine from the National University of Cote d’Ivoire in 1995, and obtained a public health masters from London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine in 1998. He has eighteen years experience working on global health and public health systems in Europe, Sub Saharan Africa and other middle income countries.
Dr.Traore’s expertise is on the provision of technical assistance to governments, municipalities, donors, NGOs and United Nation agencies. He is passionate about inclusive policy development, program design addressing the intersection of human rights and public health, removing barriers to service access for marginalized communities and building capacity and leadership within grass-roots health movements.
Dr.Traore is bilingual in French/ English, with conversational and writing ability in Arabic and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (United Kingdom) since 2008.
Mr. J. Cameron Bayne
Mr. Bayne is currently the Senior Education Officer at Go Africa Network Inc., a retired veteran New York Educator, dean and counselor with decades of diverse experience in education development. Mr. Bayne has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to diverse populations of New York City. He has select training in education resources, employment and health service networking. Mr. Bayne has worked for CBS in media production, The New York Public Library in information research and as a corporate consultant.
Mr. Bayne has coordinated education programs at Montclair University’ s New Jersey School of Conservation; Stanford University and Berkeley University summer programs with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). He has worked as a manager with the 1996 Summer Olympics at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. During the summer games at GT he coordinated a track and health education seminar with Olympic track star Carl Lewis. Mr. Bayne was also a track, tennis and football athlete in his youth.
Working in education to improve the individual, community and global network is his sole concern. Mr. Bayne holds a MA in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University with President’s List Honors. He is proud to have attended Pennsylvania’s historic Lincoln University, where he earned a BA in English. Mr. Bayne was a contributing writer,editor and researcher for the university’s scholarship driven book published in 2012 “An Unfailing Legacy” discussing the Barnes Collection of Art. He has a passion for African art and culture of the African diaspora.
Dr. Bruce M. Henry
Dr. Bruce M. Henry is currently a Senior Medical officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and has been a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Nyack Hospital, Nyack New York since 2006.
Dr. Henry has served as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at the following institutions in the past 20 years over an evolving time period.
- Pediatric Emergency Services, Harlem Hospital Center, New York
- Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
- The New York Hospital-Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, New York
- St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York
Dr. Henry has also served in an instructional capacity at the aforementioned institutions and at The Borough of Manhattan Community College for more than 15 years within a temporal duration and capacity.
Dr. Henry has provided his services to Organization for International Development and doctors without borders for over 15 years.
Mr. Demetric A. Duckett
Mr. Demetric A. Duckett is the Chief Financial Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.
Mr. Duckett is also the chief business development officer for TruFund Financial Services where he directs the organization’s national business growth strategy. Mr. Duckett develops and oversees strategic partnerships and elaborates new lending programs and product opportunities. He also directs TruFund’s marketing and communications functions.
Prior to joining TruFund, he was Vice President for Capital Access Programs at Carver Federal Savings Bank where he developed industry-leading M/W/BE capital access programs, Vice President of Community Development at Bank of America, and Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at BankBoston.
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Duckett holds a B.A. in French from Furman University and a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina.
He is fluent in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as a board member for African Services Committee and South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Mohammed Diallo
Mr. Mohammed Diallo is the Senior Strategy Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.
Mr. Diallo is also an Agent licensed to sell insurance and financial services through New York Life Insurance Company. His specialty is in Retirement Planning, Business services, Estate Planning and Group Employee Benefit Plans. Mr. Diallo is President and Co-founder of Ginjan Bros. Inc. a beverage company based out of Harlem that makes organic ginger juice (African Style).
Mr. Diallo was born in Guinea (west Africa) and currently residing in Harlem, NY. Mr. Diallo holds a B.A. in Business from Mercy College. He is fluent in French, Pular and Sosso, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as the General Secretary of the African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President’s office. His hobbies are writing, technology, fashion, music and soccer of course. His passion is working towards a more unified and self sufficient Africa through creating the right Partnerships and opportunities.
Mr. Ibrahima Diallo
Mr. Ibrahima Diallo currently serves as the Senior Technology Officer for the Go Africa Network Inc. In conjunction, he is the co-founder of Ginjan Bros Inc, a beverage company that will craft traditional African beverages starting in the Summer of 2015.
Mr. Diallo also serves as a volunteer consultant with NYPACE, a non-profit organization that seeks to stimulate economic development in New York City by providing pro-bono consulting services to small businesses in under-resourced communities.
Mr. Diallo holds a Bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University, with a Biomaterials option; and a Master’s from the University of Montpellier and the Technical University of Munich, with a concentration on energy materials.
Mr. Charles M. Cooper Jr.
Mr. Charles M. Cooper Jr. is currently the Senior Policy Officer for Go Africa Network.
Mr. Cooper is also the Chairman of the African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President’s Office, representing over 120,000 Africans in the borough, which has the largest concentration of Africans in the United States.
- AAC, under Mr. Cooper leadership, has become one of the most active social justice organizations in New York.
- Recent AAC activism has focused on the stigmatization of the Ebola epidemic, where Mr. Cooper advocated on the behalf of two African boys attacked at Bronx school, called “Ebola.”
- Mr. Cooper is the founding member and President of Jobs for Harlem, a Political Action Committee dedicated to providing women and minority business owners’ opportunities to participate in the economic engine of New York.He also served as the vice chair of Manhattan Community Board 9, where he worked on Columbia’s $7 billion campus expansion, with focus on local business inclusion and worked on the first rezoning of West Harlem in 60 years.
- Mr. Cooper is a VP at English Consulting Group and was instrumental in Brooklyn Health Partners winning the rights to negotiate with State University of New York to redevelop the $1 billion Long Island College Hospital campus. The largest project ever won by a 100 percent minority firm.
- Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration from the College of Saint Rose.
About the Event
The African Union Expo LLC, Go Africa Capital LLC, and The Go Africa Network Inc. are proud to present the 2nd annual African Union Expo event to be held in NYC Harlem.
This event is open and free to the general public
Featuring the following new events:
- Go Africa Startup Contest
- Business Review
The objective is to highlight and reinforce the economic development between the African Union Member countries inclusive of region 6 (The Caribbean) and the United States of America. The Expo will bring together businessmen and political leaders from across Africa and the United States to exchange views and news on promoting trade and investment opportunities across a range of targeted sectors between the Africa and the U.S.
It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups, and companies (small to medium sized), To engage, interact and learn formative knowledge leading to demonstrable results and revenues in the evolving future.
This year will feature 2 new events:
- Go Africa Startup Contest (for entrepreneurs, startups and small companies)
- General Category
- 10 min presentation of your business with 5 min Q&A from Audience and Judges
- 500 cash (First Prize)
- 250 cash (Second Prize)
- 150 cash (Third Prize)
- 100 cash (Fourth Prize)
- Innovation & idea Category
- Contestant has an innovation or idea that is in the incubation, development stage
- 10 min presentation of your business with 5 min Q&A from the Audience and Judges:
- 150 cash (First Prize)
- 100 cash (Second Prize)
- 75 cash (Third Prize)
- 50 cash (Fourth Prize)
- Contestant has an innovation or idea that is in the incubation, development stage
- Business Review (business plan review and financing, planning assessment) Featuring the following:
- Individual planning and assessment with Go Africa Capital LLC and a financial institution for your business or startup.
- Individualized scoring and funding proposal created for your business
- If funding proposal is accepted by all parties involved, funding will be provided within 60 – 120 days.
- See (business Review Section for more details on the criteria, and other parameters.
Topics and breakout sessions to be covered during this 1 day expo event are as follows:
- Understanding the importance of a business plan
- Discovering sources of funding and alternative sources of funding
- Preparing for e-commerce
- Identifying avenues for exporting goods & services
- Developing an Export Strategy
- Financing export transactions
Time line for event:
- 10am – 11am Attendee arrival and registration for sessions
- 11am opening ceremony: By Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Athena B. Moore, Director, Northern Manhattan Office of the Manhattan Borough President, African Dignitary, TBA
- 11:30am Opening panel for Q&A TBA
- 12:30pm Breakout sessions (working Lunch)
- Session A: Developing a Marketing Plan:
- Session B: Developing an Export Strategy :
- 1:00pm Breakout sessions
- Session A: Preparing for e-commerce:
- Session B: Financing export transactions:
- 1:30pm – 5:00pm session A: (Go Africa Startup Contest)
- 1:30pm – 5:00pm Session B: Business Review (business plan review and financing, planning assessment)
- Closing ceremony
- 5:300pm – 7pm:(Networking and happy hour
Please select to attend the entire event or individual sessions from the choices below.