Climate Week NYC 2019

Africa's Climate Innovators: Drivers of Inclusive Green Growth


Who should attend this event?  Climate Influencers, Businesses with commitments to the SDGs, Impact investors, Philanthropists

Where: Grand Central Tech @ Company, 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

Access to the building is through the 43rd Street side entrance or the Vanderbilt Avenue back entrance

When: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 9.00am-11.00am

Africa may not be the largest contributor to climate change, but its population bears climate change’s worst impacts. African populations are vulnerable, whether to crop failure to households relying on subsistence agriculture, to flooding of urban residents in poor coastal communities, or to disease outbreaks through vector and waterborne illness.

At the same time, Africa is experiencing sharp economic growth. Ghana’s economic growth, for example, has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world in recent years. Much of this growth has been driven by extractive industry, including mining and oil, and the agriculture sector has largely relied on unsustainable practices.

Fortunately, climate solutions are being developed each day by Africa’s brilliant entrepreneurs. Companies are building innovative products and business models to increase the productivity of sustainable agriculture; to lower the costs of rooftop solar and microgrids; to collect waste for recycling and conversion to energy; to arket innovative toilets to reduce the spread of disease.

Climate Innovation Centres – In Ghana and  Nigeria– promote the success and growth of these climate solutions. They are driving the inclusive green growth that African economies so desperately need – and that can produce tremendous financial, social, end environmental benefits. These centers are building bridges between transformational African businesses, the booming market for their sustainable products and services, and the impact investors whose capital can drive growth.


An Evening with Ghana Climate Innovation Centre: Investing for Impact in Africa's Green Economy


When: Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Time: 7.00pm

What? An intimate dinner discussion with a dozen philanthropists and church leaders from the Baltimore / DC area featuring a presentation by innovative business pioneers from the leading edge of Africa’s growing green economy.

Who? Rukayatu Sanusi, Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is the guest of honor. GCIC is a World Bank funded business incubator with expertise in developing small and medium green business ventures. Also of GCIC, John Scicchitano who has worked with USAID, World Relief and World Vision in Burkina Faso, Chad, Senegal, Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya will share from his experience in public-private-philanthropic partnerships.

Why? Learn how socially responsible business initiatives are growing in Africa. Dialogue with like-minded Christian leaders about the intersection between impact investing and mission-oriented philanthropy. Learn about specific investment opportunities and why impact investing is a growing alternative to traditional charitable giving.

Where? The venue for the gathering is a repurposed Baltimore rowhome dedicated to the support of local artists whose work will be on display. Baltimore’s finest soul food will be served by the owners of the Sunny Side Cafe —with locally-sourced ingredients. This experience of local Baltimore entrepreneurship will provide the backdrop for an evening devoted to how impact investing affects one's local and international communities.

What to expect?  Expect a great meal in a superbly appointed space with inspiring local business leaders. Look forward to engaging conversation with leaders committed to using resources well. Come ready to learn from international thought leaders about why and how to invest in emerging economies. And don’t expect high any pressure pitches.

To attend this event, contact:

John Scicchitano <> or Ahuma Adodoadji <>