Representative Karen Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosted the 2013 Africa Braintrust on Friday, September 21st. The event was held at the Washington Convention Center and had as its theme, “50 Years of Unity and a Future of Progress.”
Tebabu was part of an afternoon panel discussion entitled, "African Diaspora: Untapped Engine." Other esteemed panelists included: Reginald Maynor, Director International Sales, Luster Products Inc.; Kendal Tyre, Partner, Nixon Peabody; and Julie Ndjee, VP Sales and Marketing, Neilly's Foods LLC.
The panel was moderated by Semhar Araia, Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network. Ms. Araia opened the discussion with these remarks: “The African Diaspora totals approximately 150 million people in the Americas. With over $40 billion in purchasing power, the Diaspora, if properly leveraged, can have a significant and transformative effect on the growth of economies and local communities throughout the continent. Today’s panel provides tangible examples of this transformative effect and is another example of the driving force behind Africa’s rise.”
For his part, Tebabu talked about the Virtuous Exchange business model, the personal story behind the model, and the exciting possibilities for, “changing the international narrative,” as it relates to trade.
Please watch the video below to hear the full panel discussion.