1st Annual East African Students For Liberty Regional
May 9-10 2014, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
African Students For Liberty is proud to present the first annual East African Regional Conference at the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
Join ASFL from Friday, the 9th of May until Saturday, the 10th of May for a weekend of inspiring lectures, insightful knowledge, and endless networking with pro-liberty students and young professionals from around the world.
By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This event will feature tremendous speakers and panels on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, five free meals and drinks and our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register here.
Location: Pope Paul VI Auditorium, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
Registration is FREE!
Calvin Burgess is the founder and CEO of Dominion Group of Companies. Mr. Burgess is a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology, (1972) Calvin Burgess managed a major construction company in Victoria, B.C. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1976, he established Canam Construction Company in Edmond, Oklahoma. Within 15 years of its founding, Canam had become the largest general construction firm headquartered in the Oklahoma City area.
The origin of the dominion group dates back to 1977 when Burgess when Mr. Burgess founded a general contracting firm. That business expanded into commercial real estate development in 1986, since which year the Dominion Group has sited, designed, built and financed over 3.2 million square feet of public and commercial properties. Active in North America, Central America and Africa, The Dominion Group pursues unique business opportunities, often with a contrarian approach to investment. Several of Mr. Burgess’ entities have pioneered their fields of work and have materially advanced the concept of privatization.
Spirit Wing Aviation was formed by Calvin Burgess in 1988. The company engages in two principal activities; (1) the ownership and operation of corporate aircraft used in the business transportation of Dominion officers and employees, and (2) the modification of 24 and 25 series Learjets with the new Williams-Rolls Royce FJ44-2C fanjet.
In Kenya and indeed Africa Dominion Group has its footprint in the Dominion Farms. Dominion Farms Kenya Limited was chartered in Kenya in 2003. Since then Dominion Farms has turned over 4000 acres of previously un-accessible farmland into productive and sustainable farmland. Today Dominion Farm is the Single Largest producer of rice in Kenya, and employs over 800 locals.
Mr. Burgess is active in a number of faith-based operations focused on the education, training and motivation of citizens of poor and developing nations.
Eng. Patrick Obath is a Graduate of Notingham University UK with a BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. Mr. Obath has over 36 years experience in the private sector. He is a; Director of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited, the Tournament Director of the Kenya Open Golf Tournament, Director of African Alliance Investment Kenya Limited, Mr. Obath is also a Partner of Eduardo and Associates, a Consulting firm in Maintenance Engineering, Energy, Health, Safety, Environment and Change Management. Providing solutions that give bottom line improvement whilst enhancing performance.
In the past Mr. Obath has served as the Managing Director and CEO of Shell Kenya and is also the immediate former Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Mr Obath is an ardent supporter of pro-private sector growth and development.
Alexander McCobin recognized the formal principles of his beliefs after reading Atlas Shrugged, a birthday present from his father in 9th grade. Throughout high school, Alexander participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which allowed him to study philosophy and particularly those who advocated the philosophical principles of liberty. During college at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander began the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association to promote discussion and education of libertarian ideas on campus and expand his horizons regarding the power of the message of liberty. In the summer of 2007, he was an intern at the Reason Foundation, working on privatization efforts around the U.S. At the same time, he also ran a nonprofit organization to promote youth debate education to underserved students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. In May, 2008, Alexander graduated from Penn with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy. He spent the following year working as a Koch Associate at the Cato Institute focused on marketing and development. He is currently a third year graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy with areas of interest in political philosophy and business ethics. After Co-Founding Students For Liberty in 2008 he serves as Executive Director of the organization.
Japheth Omojuwa is the curator of www.omojuwa.com and contributor of numerous articles on African and Nigerian socio-economic development. His works have appeared in local and international media including Thisday, Financial Times and regular articles on Punch Newspapers. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television platforms on Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges and opportunities. He has had consultancy services with the Prometheus Institute United States and currently works with Atlas Economic Research Foundation , Washington D.C. on their African programmes and projects.
Japheth has had consultations with the World Bank and the Heinrich Boll Foundation along with other local organisations including the Public Integrity Networks (PINS). He is a much sought after speaker. Apart from gracing the biggest speaking platforms in Nigeria, he has had speaking engagements across five continents from South America to Europe, North America, Asia and of course Africa. He is one of the most influential Nigerians on social media and a thought leader amongst his peers. Japheth has been an International Election Observer too while also working as a philanthropist in raising funds for terminally ill young Nigerians. He believes that the revolution Africa needs more than anything else is that of ideas and walking the talk of our productive beliefs. He uses social media to good effect for advocacy, business and social commentary. As a Blogger, he has interviewed past Presidents, Senators, top government functionaries and top celebrities. Japheth (@omojuwa on Twitter) has almost 100,000 followers. Life for him is not just about succeeding but the significance of each success.
Dave Muumbi is a social investor who believes in investing for impact to a community, in 1988, he was elected Chairman for the Kilungu Welfare Society (KWS), a rural community based organization registered in 1946. He was CEO of the Kenya Youth Business Trust from 2009 to 2011 where he helped train youth on the principles of entrepreneurship as a means to job creation, in 2010 with the help of Micro Africa Ltd, he mobilized women from Kaiti constituency in Makueni County in Kenya to develop water storage solutions to aid agricultural production. He graduated with a BSc. Business Administration options in Accounting from California State University in 1982 and a Certificate in Business Mentoring from the Inoorero University, Kenya. He has worked in the Banking sector in Foreign Exchange, Treasury, Marketing and Investment, he was a Director at Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis from 2004 to 2010. He is currently the Managing Director of Daly Investments Ltd.
Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks.
Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.
He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author ofRealizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011.
Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford.
Ambassador Akin Oyateru joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria in 1980 and holds a B.Sc in Political Science and a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Universities of Ife and Lagos respectively.
Ambassador Oyateru has been deployed to various Departments at the Ministry Headquarters including Protocol, Africa, International Organisations, Policy Planning, Administration, Asia & Pacific and the State House, Abuja among others. He has also served at our various Missions overseas among which are Poland, Austria, Namibia and Ireland. An accomplished Diplomat, he has also represented the country at many international conferences.
One time Chief of Protocol of the Foreign Ministry, he has served as the Chief Protocol Officer during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies in 1999, 2003 and that of 2007. He has also handled other protocol assignments involving visiting Heads of State and other Very Important Personalities.
He was one time Director of the Asia & Pacific Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria and was the immediate past Minister/Head of Political Affairs Section of the Nigeria High Commission, London, UK
Ambassador Oyateru is married to his amiable wife, Abiola and they are blessed with four children. His hobbies include squash, golf, reading, travelling and Arts.
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