The MasterCard Foundation Presents

The Walrus Talks Africa's Next Generation (Ottawa)

Ottawa 7:00 p.m., Tuesday September 26, 2017

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.

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General admission: $20
Students: $12

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON

The next generation of African leaders, education access and equality, youth, gender equality, social justice, and more.


  • Osaa Ahmed, former business owner, administrator and asylum-seeker, new refugee claimant, Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute volunteer
  • Miguel Orlando Chiau, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Quest University
  • Marie Merci Ishimwe, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, University of Toronto
  • Luizer Njoki Mburu, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, UBC
  • Amos Odero, Associate Program Manager for Financial Inclusion, The MasterCard Foundation
  • Chidi Oguamanam, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Violette Uwamutara, Country Director, DOT Rwanda

…And more.

Osaa Ahmed

Osaa Ahmed is a former business owner and administrator from Ghana and a new refugee claimant in Canada. He lives in Winnipeg and volunteers with the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute.

Miguel Chau

Miguel Orlando Chiau is a second-year undergraduate student from Mozambique studying computer science at Quest University Canada. Miguel is passionate about Africa and social inclusion. He envisions himself bringing change to his continent and believes that higher education is a prerequisite for achieving this goal.

Marie Merci Ishimwe

Marie Merci Ishimwe is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar from Rwanda studying computer science, statistics, and women and gender studies at the University of Toronto. She wants to use technology to empower women as activists and policymakers.

Luizer Njoki Mburu

Luizer Njoki Mburu is a MasterCard Foundation scholar studying sustainable development at the University of British Columbia. Njoki gained an appreciation for nature while growing up on a farm in Nakuru, Kenya. Because of an immersive ecology-based program in her high school in Freiburg, Germany, Njoki came to value development and sustainability.

Amos Odero

Amos Odero is an associate program manager for financial inclusion at the MasterCard Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Amos was Program Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at World Renew Canada where he led a mid-term evaluation of a five-country Government of Canada funded sustainable livelihoods program. Prior to that, he was Research Associate at Financial Sector Deepening Trust Kenya, where he contributed to the design, implementation and data analysis of FinAccess, a nationally representative household survey studying the drivers and barriers to financial access in Kenya. Amos holds a bachelor of science degree from McGill University. His twitter handle is @OderoGogni.

Chidi Oguamanam

Chidi Oguamanam is a full professor affiliated with the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society, and the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. He is a cofounder of the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network, and belongs to international research and professional networks committed to building bridges and influencing policies across the south-south and north-south geopolitical spheres. His diverse interdisciplinary research examines the link between law and policy in biodiversity conservation; intellectual property in genetic resources for food, agriculture, and medicines; therapeutic interventions in traditional knowledge and Western science; and Indigenous knowledge.

Violette Uwamutara

Violette Uwamutara has shaped Rwanda’s national discussion around youth leadership. As the country director of DOT Rwanda, she gave 62,000 youth the tools, knowledge, and networks to create opportunities and transform their communities. As a community organizer, Violette works with government ministries, the private sector, and international institutions like the World Economic Forum. She was recently named on of Africa’s Most Influential Women in the Business and Government and is a recipient of the Change Agent ABIE Award. Prior to joining DOT, Violette served as a Rwandan diplomat in Washington, DC. She holds an M.A. in international development from Carleton University.

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