Iftar Dinner with H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan

On Friday, April 22, 2022, The Corporate Council on Africa hosted an Iftar Dinner with Tanzanian President, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan. The event was hosted at the Ritz Carlton in partnership with the Tanzanian Embassy and Tanzanian Ambassador Elsie Kanza.

The Iftar dinner was one of the many events H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan held while on her multi-week trip to the United States. Her trip to the United States has generated nearly $1 billion in new investments from companies in the United States. The trip has contributed to the economic growth and jobs both in Tanzania and in the United States.

The event was held as a “sisterhood dinner,” with sixty women in attendance. Attendees included members of the private sector and U.S. Government devoted to African development as well as a delegation accompanying H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan. The delegation included private and public sector officials from Tanzania.

In a speech to the distinguished guests, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan spoke of the need to join together as women and promote development in Tanzania. Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Liberata Mulamula, also spoke of the importance of empowering strong and passionate female leaders.

The event included Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer for the Millenium Challenge Corporation; Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director; Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair of the Export-Import Bank; Enoh Ebong, Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency; Leslie Marbury, Chief Operating Officer for Prosper Africa, and more.

CCA Members in attendance included Brionne Dawson of Google, Jahaan Johnson of Citi, Riva Levinson of KRL International, Brenda Mbathi of GE East Africa, Akaego Okoye of DLA Piper, Catherine Robinson of Pfizer, Mimi Stith of The Pula Group.