Born in ETHIOPIA, is an couture fashion designer and entrepreneur whose store is located in toney Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City and her gowns carried in such marquee stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nieman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Her gowns range in price from $3000 and $12000 in price.
In 2007, ABC purchased an Aberra wedding dress for use in the season final episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Also that year, Ford hired Aberra to produce a television commercial for their MKX model. Along with the Grey’s Anatomy gowns, Amsale’s dresses have been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, American Wedding, and 27 Dresses. While her gowns have been featured on television as well as in films, celebrities are also a fan of Amsale gowns. Aberra has dressed such celebrities as Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Selma Blair, Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Katherine Heigl, Kim Basinger, Heidi Klum, and many others.
Producers turn to Amsale when they need beautiful designs for films and television programs; her gowns have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “27 Dresses.”
Amsale’s love of fashion began as a young girl growing up in Ethiopia. However, Amsale never considered becoming a designer: “In Ethiopia there were no fashion designers. I never knew that designing beautiful clothes was a profession to which one could aspire.”
She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) and a Trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Born in Nigeria, is the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and formerly the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Achebe is known the world over for having played a seminal role in the founding and development of African literature. He continues to be considered among the most significant world writers. He is most well known for the groundbreaking 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, a novel still considered to be required reading the world over. It has sold over twelve million copies and has been translated into more than fifty languages.
Achebe’s global significance lies not only in his talent and recognition as a writer, but also as a critical thinker and essayist who has written extensively on questions of the role of culture in Africa and the social and political significance of aesthetics and analysis of the postcolonial state in Africa. He is renowned, for example, for “An Image of Africa,” his trenchant and famous critique of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Today, this critique is recognized as one of the most generative interventions on Conrad; and one that opened the social study of literary texts, particularly the impact of power relations on 20th century literary imagination.
In addition, Achebe is distinguished in his substantial and weighty investment in the building of literary arts institutions. His work as the founding editor of the Heinemann African Writers Series led to his editing over one hundred titles in it. Achebe also edited the University of Nsukka journal Nsukkascope, founded Okike: A Nigerian Journal of New Writing and assisted in the founding of a publishing house, Nwamife Books–an organization responsible for publishing other groundbreaking work by award-winning writers. He continues his long-standing work on the development of institutional spaces where writers can be published and develop creative and intellectual community.
Some of his honors and awards include, · The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, 2010; Man Booker International Award, 2007; 1st Living Author presented in the Everyman’s Library collection by Alfred A. Knopf, 1992; Rockefeller Fellowship, 1960; UNESCO Fellowship for Creative Artists, 1960; Margaret Wrong Prize; The New Statesman Jock Campbell Prize; and The Commonwealth Poetry Prize. He turned down two National Honors from two Nigerian Presidents.
Some of his other books include, Anthills of the Savanna (Anchor Press, 1987); A Man of the People (Anchor Press, 1966); Arrow of God (Anchor Press, 1964); No Longer At Ease (Anchor Press, 1960)
(Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam): Born in SENEGAL, is a successful hip-hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer and businessman. In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Akon 80th in Forbes Celebrity 100 and in 2011, ranked him 5th in Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. He became a musical phenomenon in 2004 with the release of his single debut album “Locked Up.”
He has achieved more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs, and has worked with other great performers like Michael Jackson, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Whitney Houston and others.
He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts “twice“. Akon has had four songs certified as 3x platinum, three songs certified as 2x platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1x platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales. Akon has sung songs in many other languages like Spanish, Hindi etc. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artists for master ringtones in the world.
Born in MOROCCO, is the world’s top community builder for the “thinking elite”. Over the last two decades, he has built a matchless reputation for helping nations, organizations and corporations catalyze the global exchange of ideas.
This talent for anticipating the most pressing issues of our time, activating global networks of thought leaders, and inspiring innovation is based on his unique experience developing some of the most influential gatherings of global leaders in the last 20 years including the World Economic Forum in Davos; the Clinton Global Initiative; the Middle East Peace Summit in Jordan; the Dalian Economic Summit in China; and the signature of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Marrakech, and most recently the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii in November, 2011.
Attias is also the founder and chairman of The New York Forum, an annual invitation-only forum for global CEOs, economists and business leaders to share ideas and provide recommendations for new business models in a post-crisis world. He is also the Chairman of Columbia University’s Center on Capitalism and Society; formed in 2002 to study the workings of well-functioning modern economies, understand how these economies got their dynamism, and how this dynamism impacts employment, among other topics. He is also the founder of the New York Africa, and organized 600-delegate business summit in Gabon, in 2012.
Prior to establishing his base in New York, Attias served as a special advisor in 2008 to the Emirate of Dubai to devise a comprehensive strategy to make the city a destination for major conferences and cultural and sporting events. This role followed nearly a decade at Publicis Groupe, where he is credited with creating the first worldwide events network Publicis Events Worldwide in 2004, before ultimately being named Chairman of PublicisLive in 2007. With a staff of more than 600 employees, Attias specialized in the conception and production of international conferences and high-profile events.
Richard Attias is a global citizen. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French and, although he is currently based in New York, he travels regularly across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He is the founder of the New York Forum Africa and in 2012 convened a high-powered delegates conference of 600 in Gabon.
He sits on the board of several corporations and organizations, and in 2010, Columbia Univesity’s Center on Capitalism and Society Advisory Board appointed him its Chair. Recently, the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School named its Business and Economics Scholarship in honor of The Richard Attias Scholarship.