Welcome to the 6th AACOSE Event

May 10-11 | 8:30AM | Tangaza University College

At AACOSE, we believe that networking is one of the most valuable opportunities the conference provides. It's a chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for social entrepreneurship and learn from their experiences. Don't just come for the presentations and workshops; take advantage of the breaks and networking sessions to make meaningful connections that could lead to exciting partnerships and collaborations.


Join our expert panelists at the event, where they'll engage in thought-provoking discussions and share their unique perspectives and experiences in social entrepreneurship.

Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou

Director Institute for Social Transformation - Tangaza University College

Kibret Abebe Tuffa

President of Social Enterprise Ethiopia (SEE)

Dr. Eleleta Surafel

Research and Program Coordination - Bela Risu Foundation

Dr. Evelyn Jepkemei

B.ED, M.Ed, PhD.

Paul Wababu

Creator - Sheria Mkononi

Michelle Stella

CISP Country representative for Kenya and Somalia

Mr. Julius Ouma

Ag. CEO Faulu Microfinance Bank

Ms. Mary Mwiti

CEO, Council of Government

Monica Blagescu

Head of Programs, Higher Education, British Council

Ann Lawi

Managing Director, Africa for Impacc

Susannah Farr

CEO, Gold Youth

Mr. Andrew Lopokoyit

Wilken Group Executive Director Kenya Energy, Social Innovation

Mr. Catherine Watson

Head of partnership ICRAF

George Jomo

CEO, Solubag Africa

Ms. Noam Monari

Founder, Benacare

Dr. Joy Kiiru

Technical Advisor - Research and Innovation Systems for Africa (RISA)

Helene Deplace

Women Social Entrepreneurship Institute - Mombasa, Kenya

Wilfred Njagi

Founder and CEO, Villgro - Kenya

Mr. David Muchiri

General Manager-Retail Life distribution, ICEA

8:30 am - 9:20 am

Opening Remarks

Prof. Adrian Mukebi Prof. Adrian Mukebi
Mr. Julius Ouma Mr. Julius Ouma
Fr. Leo Mwenda Fr. Leo Mwenda
VIncent Odhiambo VIncent Odhiambo
Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou
9:20 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Mary Mwiti Ms. Mary Mwiti
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Tea Exhibition and Networking

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Social Innovations for Systems Change: The role of Social Impact and Commercialization

This session will explore the intersection of social impact and commercialization in driving systems change through social innovations. Don't miss out on this exciting conversation about the role of social innovation in creating a more just and equitable world.

Ann Lawi Ann Lawi
Monica Blagescu Monica Blagescu
Ms. Mary Mwiti Ms. Mary Mwiti
Mr. Julius Ouma Mr. Julius Ouma
Kibret Abebe Tuffa Kibret Abebe Tuffa
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break, Exhibition and Networking

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Human Capital and Capacity – DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) Systems Change Showcase

Title: The Role of Learning Institutions This session will explore the critical role that learning institutions play in advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Don't miss this opportunity to share and gain valuable insights into how learning institutions can foster DEI and drive innovation and success.

Ashenafi Abreham Ashenafi Abreham
Dr. Mary Mugo Dr. Mary Mugo
Helene Deplace Helene Deplace
Susannah Farr Susannah Farr
Dr. Evelyn Jepkemei Dr. Evelyn Jepkemei
Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Funding and Financing – Climate Action

Title: Wins and Misses for Climate Action Innovations in Africa This session will explore the impact access to funding and financing has on social innovations in the sustainability space. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts in the field and contribute to the conversation on funding and financing climate action in Africa.

Ashenafi Abreham Ashenafi Abreham
George Jomo George Jomo
Mr. Catherine Watson Mr. Catherine Watson
Mr. Andrew Lopokoyit Mr. Andrew Lopokoyit
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Tea, Exhibition and Networking

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Plenary panel: Health: Wellbeing And Mental Health

Title: Building a wellbeing and mental health ecosystem for Africa This high-level panel will explore the challenges and opportunities in creating a sustainable ecosystem for promoting mental health and wellbeing in Africa. Our panel of experts will discuss innovative strategies for improving access to mental health services, addressing the stigma associated with mental illness, and promoting mental wellness in the continent. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the conversation on creating a healthier and happier Africa.

Dr. Beatrice Kariuki Dr. Beatrice Kariuki
Mr. David Muchiri Mr. David Muchiri
Wilfred Njagi Wilfred Njagi
Ms. Noam Monari Ms. Noam Monari
Dr. Eleleta Surafel Dr. Eleleta Surafel
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing remarks

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Day 1 Recap

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Tea, Exhibition and Networking

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening Remarks

Prof. Sr. Jacinta Adhiambo Prof. Sr. Jacinta Adhiambo
Michelle Stella Michelle Stella
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Keynote Speakers

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Transformative Social Innovations: The Linkages Between Academia, Innovators, Government And Private Sector

This session will explore the latest trends and developments in social innovation gain a deeper understanding of the linkages between academia, innovators, government, and the private sector in driving transformative social innovations. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the linkages between academia, innovators, government, and the private sector in driving transformative social innovations

Grace Maingi Grace Maingi
Ada Mwongela Ada Mwongela
Dr. Joy Kiiru Dr. Joy Kiiru
Michelle Stella Michelle Stella
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch, Exhibition and Networking

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Legal Policy Framework

Title: Barriers and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs in Africa This session will delve into topics such as regulatory barriers, legal compliance, and access to finance and support, with a focus on how these issues impact social enterprises in Africa. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the legal and policy challenges facing social entrepreneurs in Africa, as well as strategies for overcoming these barriers and fostering a more supportive environment for social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mr. Adenew Mr. Adenew
Paul Wababu Paul Wababu
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networks – Faith Inspired Changemakers

Title: New Paradigm and Emerging Positive Narratives You Need to Know Join us for a thought-provoking session and discover how faith-based networks are leading the charge for positive change in various sectors and learn about emerging trends and narratives in the field. Don't miss out on this opportunity to broaden your understanding of faith-based networks and faith-inspired changemakers and their potential to transform communities

Jacinta Muoki Jacinta Muoki
Joram Mwinamo Joram Mwinamo
VIncent Odhiambo VIncent Odhiambo
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Market – Agriculture and Food Security

Title: Enhancing Market Access for Agriculture growth and Food Security This session will explore ways to enhance market access for agriculture growth and food security. The session will focus on strategies to improve market opportunities for farmers, including increasing access to financing, improving supply chains, and addressing trade barriers.

Safia Verjee Safia Verjee
Penny Musengi Penny Musengi
Kelvin Shingles Kelvin Shingles
Michelle Stella Michelle Stella
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A New World: Aligning all key players towards everyone a changemaker world

The world is changing rapidly, and as we move towards a new era, it is crucial that all key players come together to align towards a new paradigm. This session will explore how we can create an Everyone a Changemaker World

Benjamin Makali Benjamin Makali
Kelvin Shingles Kelvin Shingles
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tea, Networking and Exhibition