The Africa Soft Power Project is conveying leaders from various sectors focusing majorly on leaders of the African origin. The virtual conference which started August 12th will feature the culinary leaders today September 2nd, 2020 as they will be discussing on exploring food as a transformative tool and driver of economic growth and development on the topic;
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The conversation will feature the following African leaders:
Tiyan Alile is the President of The Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria, Founder and Promoter of Culinary Academy and Chef Patron of Tarragon, an experiential dining room and wine club. Her brain child, The African Young Chefs’ Competition, is a Pan African annual event providing young African Chefs with a platform to learn and express their skills and creativity.
Her restaurant Tarragon received the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards for Fine Dining and Food Styling and Presentation for West Africa and Nigeria (2018) in Belfast and Russia and she was named Best Head Chef West & Central Africa (2019) by the World Luxury Restaurants Awards. Tiyan has been featured in Forbes Africa, CNBC Entrepreneur of the week and Cuisine Noir. She recently published her first cookbook, “Tale in a Pie.”
Yasser Bagersh is Founder of Lime Tree restaurant and Our Father’s Kitchen. He is involved in multiple sectors in Ethiopia and runs the largest communication network in the country. Through his work in this sector, he has transformed the industry in Ethiopia. He also runs one of the biggest catering companies in Ethiopia which produces over 10,000 meals a day for the employees of major corporations around the country.
In food, he has explored both western and Ethiopian cuisines. His cooking classes are sold out months in advance, especially in traditional food. He has cooked for heads of states and celebrities including the Pulitzer family, Brad Pitt and Candace Bergen. He is also an expert in Ethiopian spices consulting for Unilever and Nestle in developing seasonings for the Ethiopian market.
Oumar Diouf was born in Senegal where he started cooking at 13 when his father died. He moved to Argentina for school and football and attended culinary school after an injury ended his football career. In his journey after culinary school, Oumar has led different teams in restaurants in Argentina, Brazil, and the US ranging from casual to fine dining.
During the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Oumar proudly led a kitchen team in charge of cooking for over 5000 guests. Oumar later moved to California, and started a catering company called Afro-Brazilian Cuisine (ABC) in the Bay Area.
In addition to ABC, Oumar also owns and cooks at the Damel, an Afro-Brazilian restaurant in Oakland. At the Damel, Oumar tells his story of Africa through cuisine, the menu reflecting his lived experience in Senegal, Argentina, and Brazil. Above all, Oumar’s goal is to demonstrate the influence of African cuisine — not just in Brazil, but all over the world.
Amani Kiflemariam is Founder & CEO of Amatte, a new premium coffee brand that celebrates Africa’s rich culture and history of storytelling. Amatte supports gender equity across its supply chain and partners directly with small-lot farms supporting the interest of female farmers across the continent to ethically source the finest Arabica coffee beans.
Amani sits on the Amatte Board and Amatte Fund.
Andria Barrett is President of the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce, a national, nonprofit, bilingual organization with a mandate to encourage black business ownership. She is also a culinary nutritionist, pre-diabetes food and wellness expert.
Incubator Project, a Canada-wide Business Incubator that enables food startups to take scalable business ideas from beta into revenue-producing businesses and into grocery stores. Andria is also a Consultant with the Diversity Business Network and is the CEO of The Diversity Agency.
Nkiru Asika is an Authority Brand Coach & Marketing Strategist. She coaches women entrepreneurs to build brand authority so they can command more influence, income, and impact.
She founded Enterprise Creative, a social enterprise in Lagos, Nigeria, that created and managed several high-profile creative economy programs including the British Council Creative Expo, the UK-Nigeria SME Summit 2014, The Creative Careers Fair, and the Forum for Financing Creative Business.
She also trained more than 1700 creative and digital entrepreneurs between 2012 and 2015. She currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto.
The virtual conference will hold Wed, September 2nd, 2020 via ZOOM at 5pm. Register now @africasoftpower to save your spot!