Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series: Youth & Closing the Innovation Gap


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual Event - Details Below

December 9th - Youth & Closing the Innovation Gap

Despite the healthcare and economic challenges of COVID-19, opportunities exist for new and innovative ways of thinking about production and manufacturing. Many of the most creative responses are driven by youth. The pressure on the global supply chain forced countries and local producers to rethink production of PPE, use 3-D printing and other means of in-country manufacturing for affordable ventilators, and ramp up production of generic pharmaceuticals. The panel will explore the innovative technology coming out of Africa during the pandemic, ways in which business agility has contributed to rethinking global supply chains, and the role of youth in the pandemic response.


Register for the webinar:

This webinar will be livestreamed on Facebook:


  • Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board & CAS Leadership Council
  • Seyram Avle, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Okendo Lewis Gayle, Founder & Chairman, Harambeans
  • Moderated by Professor Demba Ba, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, Harvard University


The Harvard University Center for African Studies in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of COVID-19 and Africa. Held each Wednesday for one hour from 10am EST, CAS’ Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series will bring together the private sector, policy makers, academics, and practitioners for a series of conversations across health, technology, and economy, among others. Please check  our COVID-19 Resources page for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars. Join our weekly newsletter to receive updated information.


7:00AM PDT 
10:00AM EDT 
4:00PM WAT
5:00PM CAT 
6:00PM EAT 

ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies & Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

CO-SPONSOR: Organisation for Global Africa Cooperation (OGAC)