Diversity Resource International Holds a Gathering in London UK

On Saturday 3rd of June 2017 DRI held a gathering at the St Ethelburga’s centre in the City of London under the theme “Leadership in Action”, a thought-leader gathering to inspire the generation of effective leaders in Africa with the spotlight on Eritrea.

Makeda Coaston, a change maker, facilitator and senior cultural strategies coordinator gave a brief speech focusing of African civilization and knowledge linking it to systematic enslavement of Africa, and how colonialism of 400 years has hindered the continents success. She also emphasized on the need of leadership, which can change Africa from a victim to front-runner.

Charles Walker, from Brand Communications, spoke at length explaining how branding is a good barometer of human behaviour, he also added how branding plays an important role in the information age and how channels and media communications have changed.

Martin, a consultant in organisation and leadership development, explained how the diaspora could play an efficient role by being a listener and observer as we go back home to assist and learn from our experiences to lead by example. If we want to help Africa it should be through education and shouldn’t turn to materialism.

Dr Yaa Asare spoke about her experiences when she visited Eritrea last June, and spoke about her research and ways of engaging with the young people and their perceptions to the West, and also studies of how and if their perceptions were met after migrating. She also spoke about how the education system can impact on immigration to override the perception of West.

Grace Owen spoke about when DRI started and where it is now. She explained how there are fewer leadership establishments in Africa, but how they can be found in abundance in the West. She also spoke about the 5 domains of leadership.

Mebrak Ghebreweldi, founder of Diversity Resource International spoke about the reasons why she joined the EPLF and communicating its vision and how people embraced the vision to become effective leaders. She spoke about the collaboration work with the College of Business and Economics in Eritrea and the National Union of Eritrean Women and how they are working to build three MBA programs in Public Admin, Corporate Finance, and General MBA with Sussex University and the University of Brighton.

Michael Sebhatu the pioneering creator of Quadsaw spoke about his background growing up and how that has given him confidence and leadership skills, he also spoke about his technical and educational level and how the spark came about which led him to the creation of the ground breaking Quadsaw. It was clear that the invention was not a creation of a single night but rather of a combination of perseverance, education and observing through the period of seven years.

Questions and answers with the speakers gave the opportunity to expand on various points raised which added more value to the presentations. A networking dinner was also served by award winning Eritrean restaurant, Adulis.

Asmara’s architectural Exhibition was also staged at the DRI event. H.E. Estifanos Habtemariam, Eritrean Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to UK & Ireland visited the exhibition. The Eritrean Embassy in the UK indicated that the exhibition is being staged under the theme “Asmara: City of Dreams”. It is part of the current campaign to place Asmara in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The goal of the exhibition is to support this application. “This exhibition is being used to draw international attention to this cultural heritage” says Weini Desalgn, during the opening briefing. It will attract cultural people from all over the world to visit the city and thereby help them preserve our heritage. The exhibition wants to contribute to the debate about evaluation of classical modernism, the globalisation of modern architecture, its historic value, and also effects in terms of urban planning.

Asmara’s nomination was examined by the Committee at its 41st session that was held from 2-12 July 2017 in Krakow, Poland.

Asmara has successfully made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Eritrea Embassy Media
London United Kingdom