2016 Camden Conference



February 19-21, 2016

The 29th Annual Camden Conference, The New Africa, was presented live from the Camden Opera House, and live-streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and University of Southern Maine Lee Auditorium in Portland.  Nearly 1000 people attended, including almost 200 students from high schools, colleges and universities across Maine and beyond.

“It was my first time in attendance, but certainly won’t be my last if this is the quality of thought-provoking speakers that the Conference attracts.” — Attendee, Sedgwick, Maine

“Your team produced a memorable and historic Conference, the first of a kind as far as Africa is concerned. I am honored to have been part of it.” — Mvemba Dizolele, Speaker

“I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers, their keen difference of opinion … Thanks for the insights I gained and new friends I met.” — Attendee, Austin, Texas

“The Camden Conference has helped me to find my purpose and to chart my own path.” — Student attendee, Hampshire College

“I took away wonderful lessons in citizenship from the entire Camden community. It is amazing to me that you volunteer your time and resources in this way to be informed and engaged on world issues. It is also wonderful to see how you make this available to the students, giving a tremendous gift to the younger generation. Your choice of speakers was very good and I left having reinforced my personal network of outstanding Africans. I left strengthened, enriched and more determined than ever in my personal mission and my vision for Cameroon. Thank you.” — Kah Walla, Speaker

“Wonderful Conference. I particularly appreciated hearing from authentic voices with a stake in the area.” — Attendee, Centerport, New York

“I gained knowledge from all the speakers and was so honored to have met them all. I was grateful to have gotten a chance to talk to them about my experiences as a refugee, immigrant and African in this country.” — Student attendee, University of New England, Biddeford

“It was a privilege to be involved in that extraordinary event. I don’t think that anybody who was at the Conference could think of Africa in the same way again. Bravissimo to you and your wonderful team of leaders and volunteers. In a dark season, the conference was a reminder of the power of enlightened American engagement in the world.” Larry Pope, Moderator

“This was my first Camden Conference and I’m ready to sign up for the next one.” — Attendee, Montville, Maine






Laurence Everett Pope, II

Laurence Everett Pope II was the United States Ambassador to Chad from 1993 to 1996 and former US Chargé d’Affaires to Libya. Pope held a number of senior posts in the Department of State. He was the Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987–1990), Associate Director for Counter-Terrorism (1991–1993), U.S. Ambassador to Chad (1993–1996), and Political Advisor to General Zinni USMC, Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command (1997–2000). From October 2012 – January 2013, Ambassador Pope served as the U.S Chargé d’Affaires in Libya, assuming the duties of the late J. Christopher Stevens, the former U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Ambassador Pope retired from the U.S. Foreign Service on October 2, 2000 after 31 years of service. He continues to consult with various institutions and is a respected arabist. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Pope also had advanced studies at Princeton University and is a graduate of the U.S. Department of State Senior Seminar. He is the author most recently of “The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy”, Palsgrave MacMillan, 2014. Among his other books are “Francois de Callieres, A Political Life” (Republic of Letters Publishing, 2010, and “Among Heroes, A Marine Corps Rifle Company on Peleliu” (Marine Corps University Press, 2011). He speaks Arabic and French, and resides in Portland, Maine.

Ms. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

Ms. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is West Africa Correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio) News, based in Dakar, Senegal.  A native of Ghana, she spent her early years in Ghana, Italy, Britain and Kenya. After completing high school in Britain, she took a degree in French studies, international relations and Spanish at the London School of Economics and then studied radio journalism at the Polytechnic of Central London.  Ms. Quist-Arcton joined the BBC in 1985, working at regional radio stations all over Britain, then moving to the BBC World Service as a producer and host in the African Service.  After a stint in Paris on a BBC journalist exchange with Radio France International as host, reporter and editor, she moved to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to head the BBC’s West Africa bureau.  She covered 24 countries and reported on the flowering of democracy in the region as well as the outbreak of civil wars, revolutions and coups, while always keeping an eye on the “other” stories about Africa that receive minimal media attention. In 1994, she returned to the BBC in London as a host and senior producer, then relocated to Boston as a reporter for The World, a co-production between the BBC, Public Radio International (PRI) and WGBH.  For The World, she traveled around the United States, providing the program with an African journalist’s perspective on North American life.  In 1998, she was appointed co-host of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship radio drive-time show, PM Live, based in Johannesburg.  In 2000, she joined allAfrica.com (allAfricaGlobal Media), to report on the continent’s top stories and develop new radio shows for webcast and syndication to radio stations around the continent.  In 2004, she joined NPR News.  Her passions are African art and culture, music, literature, open-air markets, antiques – and learning.



Dr. Djime Adoum

Dr. Djime Adoum is Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  The Sahel, home to many of Africa’s poorest countries and peoples, is a zone stretching across the African continent from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, separating the southward-expanding Sahara Desert from the humid savannas to the south.  In recent decades, the Sahel has been ravaged by soil erosion and desertification.   Dr. Adoum was previously Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in his native Chad.  In his current role, Dr. Adoum focuses on the implications of climate change for agriculture, poverty reduction, countries’ resiliency in the face of disasters, education, and human rights, and he presents compelling research on the outlook for human populations, agriculture and wildlife throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He earned a Ph.D. in agronomy and agricultural extension at the University of Maryland, where he studied the diffusion of innovation. He has also worked at the World Bank and USAID/Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte Contre la Secheresse dans le Sahel.

Ms. Jennifer G. Cooke

Ms. Jennifer G. Cooke is director of the CSIS Africa Program, which she joined in 2000. The program provides balanced and forward-looking analysis of political and economic dynamics within African states to better inform U.S. policy choices. Ms. Cooke covers a broad range of U.S.-Africa policy issues, including security engagement, health assistance, conflict diplomacy, and support for good governance. She currently leads the CSIS Nigeria Election Forum, a two-year project that examines the major challenges associated with Nigeria’s 2015 elections, and a study analyzing the intersection of religion and politics in Africa. She also co-chairs a CSIS project on Africa’s new oil and gas producers and the implications of the continent’s changing energy landscape for U.S. Africa policy. Ms. Cooke has authored numerous CSIS reports, including most recently Africa at a Crossroads: Overcoming Obstacles to Sustained Growth and Economic Transformation (May 2014) and Launching a New Chapter in U.S.-Africa Relations: Deepening the Business Relationship (February 2014). She is a frequent public speaker and commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and she has testified before Congress on Boko Haram in Nigeria, the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, and the African Union. Prior to CSIS, she worked at the National Academy of Sciences in the Office of Human Rights and the Office of News and Public Information and at the U.S. Congress on the House Subcommittee on Africa. She has lived in Côte d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic.


Mr. Sangu Delle

Mr. Sangu Delle was born in Ghana, where his childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sangu graduated from Harvard with highest honors in African Studies and Economics. At Harvard, Sangu co-founded cleanacwa which today is currently working to bring clean water and sanitation to over 200,000 people across 120 villages in Ghana. Convinced that the real needs of communities can best be met through entrepreneurship, in 2008 he founded an investment holding company, Golden Palm Investments (GPI) to fund promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as Solo Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana/Zambia/Cote D’Ivoire and Stawi Foods in Kenya. GPI has also built a portfolio of greenfield companies in healthcare, real estate, and financial services. Sangu has received several international accolades including being named Africa’s “Young Person of the Year” in 2014, selected as a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow, named one of Forbes’ top 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa in 2015 and Euromoney’s “Africa’s Rising Stars” award for “outstanding individuals and power brokers who are changing the financial, investment and business landscape in Africa.”

Disolele speaker

Mr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Mr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is an independent journalist and the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the author of the forthcoming biography Mobutu: the Rise and Fall of the Leopard King. His analyses of African affairs have been widely published in policy journals and in newspapers, and he has been a guest analyst on PBS’ NewsHour, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, On Point, The Diane Rehm Show, the BBC World News Update, Al Jazeera’s The Stream and other programs. Mr. Dizolele has testified before subcommittees of the United States Congress and the United Nations Security Council. He was a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and covered the 2006 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the Pulitzer Center, he produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report on the relationship between the Congo conflict and the scramble for mineral resources. He served as an election monitor with the Carter Center in Congo in 2006 and 2011. He was also embedded with United Nations peacekeepers in Congo’s Ituri district and South Kivu province as a reporter. Mr. Dizolele is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds an International Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Southern Utah University. He is fluent in French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swahili, Kikongo and Lingala, and is proficient in Danish and Swedish.

Paul Nugent

Paul Nugent is Professor of Comparative African History straddling the Schools of History, Classics and Archaeology and Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, working on a comparison of borders and state-making in Ghana and Uganda. He was Director of the Centre of African Studies for ten years and for a further seven years he served as the President of AEGIS, the Centre-based African Studies association in Europe. As such, he intimately involved in the European African Studies scene. In 2014-15, he was a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS) working on a project on South African wine and global connectivity. Paul Nugent is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and holds a Masters and a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Paul is currently the holder of the most prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant for a multi-regional comparative project entitled African Governance and Space: Transport Corridors, Border Towns and Port Cities in Transition (AFRIGOS). The project began in January 2016. 

Kingsley Moghalu

Mr. Kingsley Moghalu

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014, and led the implementation of far-reaching reforms in the Nigerian banking sector after the global financial crisis. He is the Founder and Chairman of Sogato Strategies, a global strategy, risk and macroeconomic advisory firm in Washington DC, Geneva and Lagos, and a member of the Advisory Board of the London based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Professor Moghalu previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years in legal affairs, strategic planning and executive management roles in New York, Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania and Switzerland, rising to the rank of Director. Moghalu is the author of three books including Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter (Penguin Books, 2014). He obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics, the MA from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, the LL.B. from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the International Certificate in Risk Management from the UK Institute of Risk Management in London. He is a frequent international keynote speaker at global forums and a commentator on global television including CNN Television, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and CNBC. His opinion commentaries have appeared in the London Financial Times, USA Today and other newspapers.

Mr. Ali Mufuruki

Mr. Ali A. Mufuruki is a Tanzanian entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker and leadership coach. A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute Class of 2001, Ali Mufuruki co-founded the Africa Leadership Initiative in 2002 whose mission is to engage the energy and talent of emerging leaders in Africa in order to release their potential to build a good society for their nations. He is co-founder and chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania, a policy dialogue forum that brings together more than 100 CEOs of leading companies in Tanzania. This group engages regularly with the senior government leadership of Tanzania to find solutions for the country’s economy. He is also owner, Chairman & CEO of Infotech Investment Group LTD, a family business that has interests in ICT, media, telecoms, private equity, retail and real estate across a number of countries in Africa and beyond. Ali Mufuruki is currently Chairman of the Boards of Msingi LTD (Kenya), Legacy Capital Partners Ltd (Tanzania); Trademark East Africa (Kenya) and Chai Bora Ltd (Tanzania). He serves as Director on the boards of BlueTown Holdings Ltd (Denmark) and AMSCO (Netherlands). He previously sat on the Board of the Tanzania Central Bank where he was elected the first ever independent chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC and Nation Media Group of Kenya. Mr. Mufuruki holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Design Engineering from Reutlingen University, Germany and lives in Dar-es-Salaam with and his wife and four children.


Ms. Kah Walla

Ms. Kah Walla is one of a new generation of African leaders, an entrepreneur, and a grassroots activist in Cameroon.  In 2011 she was a candidate for President of Cameroon, challenging a political structure that has seen only two presidents in the last 50 years.  She continues to be outspoken on political and social issues – especially governance and corruption, the role of women in the economy and politics, and youth and employment.  She founded a consulting firm – STRATEGIES! – in Douala, Cameroon, and now  works with civil society groups throughout Africa, advocating for policies and projects that serve a wide variety of groups: farmers, traders, motorbike drivers, persons with disabilities, fishermen, student associations and governments.  In 2015, she was honored by Vital Voices Global Partnership Forum as one of five women igniting change in the world.


Pamela A. White

Pamela A. White has served two recent terms as ambassador to the Republic of Haiti and one to The Gambia from 2010-2012.  Before becoming an ambassador, she served as Mission Director for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Liberia where she managed USAID’s second largest development budget in Africa. White holds the rank of Career Minister.  She has over 35 years of experience serving mostly in Africa where she began her public service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.  At USAID White has served as Mission Director in Mali and Tanzania, Community Liaison Officer in Burkina Faso, Deputy Director Executive Officer in Senegal and Haiti and Executive Officer in Haitian, Egyptian, and South African missions.  Among other accomplishments, she has coordinated food deliveries, developed strategies, and increased opportunities for women and children. For her work she was awarded the highest decoration given to foreigners, the Knight of the National Order of Merit (Ordre national du Mali) and she received the Medal of Honor from The Gambia, one of the only foreigners ever to receive this award. White is a native of Auburn, Maine, studied at the University of Maine and the School for International Training where she earned a Master’s Degree in International Development. She graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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Community Events are intended to provide background on the yearly topic and to touch on areas related to the February Conference that may not be covered in its three-day program. The views of our presenters are their own and may not represent those of the Camden Conference.




In preparation for our 29th Annual Camden Conference, The New Africa, the Program Committee recommends the following books, films, websites and readings. An asterisk* denotes that the author is a confirmed speaker at this year’s Conference.


Acknowledgements: The Camden Conference wishes to acknowledge long time member, Bob Sargent and librarian, Charlotte Cushman for their material contributions in the development of these resource materials.





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