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The U.S. Department of State will host the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit on July 29 – 31 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summit brings together almost 700 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s promising young leaders to meet and network with each other and U.S. government, private sector, and civil society representatives to build relationships that will expand U.S. organizations’ impact and reach on the continent. The Summit will feature a Partnership Expo where American organizations and businesses highlight how they engage with Africa, a Congressional Forum featuring U.S. Senators and Representatives, and TED-style “ignite” talks presented by Fellows. Plenary speakers include Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson; President of the Heritage Foundation, Kay Cole James; and William Kamkwamba, Malawian Innovator, Engineer and Author whose life was featured in the movie The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The Summit follows six weeks of academic study and leadership development for the Fellows at 27 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alumni of the Fellowship are playing a role in enhancing peace and security, spurring economic growth, and strengthening democratic institutions in the United States and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WHAT: Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit

WHEN: Mon., July 29 — Wed., July 31

WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit yali.state.gov/mwf. For further information from the Department of State, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov.