Almaz Negash (USA)

Executive Director | Founder | Board Director | Speaker
  • Founder, Board Member, & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
  • Member of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, High Level Panel on Migration, (2017-19)
  • Executive in Residence, School of Global Innovation & Leadership, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, SJSU, (2018-19)

Almaz Negash is named as one of the 100 outstanding Silicon Valley Women of Influence for her work in social innovation.  In 2010, Almaz founded the African Diaspora Network (ADN) to inform and engage Africans in the diaspora and facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders to invest and improve the lives of everyone on the continent and the communities where we live.  Under her leadership and vision, ADN is now the home of The African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), an annual convening in Silicon Valley, Builders of Africa’s Future, and Impact & Investment Forums.  Currently, Almaz is exploring ways to provide access to capital to Black led startups and SMEs via the newly program called: Accelerating Black Leadership & Entrepreneurship (ABLE). Whether creating market driven solutions to reduce homelessness and mental health with Pay for Success (a.k.a. Social Impact Bond) – a more than $28 million project in Santa Clara County, supporting women to gain financial security through microenterprise development, international trade, or engaging former heads of states on Global Leadership & Ethics, she’s a committed and inspiring social change agent.