Almaz Negash is the founder of African Diaspora Network. In 2010, Almaz founded the African Diaspora Network (ADN) to inform and engage Africans in the Diaspora in order to facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to invest and improve the lives of everyone on the continent. Since then, ADN has become known as the Market Place for Investors looking to invest in Africa with African entrepreneurs seeking capital.
Almaz also serves as the Sr. Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network and anti-poverty laboratory utilizing disruptive, research-based strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in Silicon Valley. The latest of her contributions to community economic development include her leadership in Step Up Silicon Valley’s exploration and incubation of Pay for Success (a.k.a. Social Impact Bond), a new model of social innovation financing that resulted in a $6 million project to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Almaz is a frequently sought out speaker on regional and global economic and business development. She has authored several articles on global trade, including Empowerment of Women and African Diaspora in Ensuring Renaissance of the Continent. She serves as a board and advisory board at many organizations, and is co-founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2014 African Diaspora Bridge Builders Award. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from University of San Francisco.