AFRICA 2017 GEEKS

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Danielle Cass

SV / SF Tech Sector Liaison
USAID
Africa Geek

Danielle Cass is the Silicon Valley-based Technology Sector Liaison for USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, where she develops partnerships with the technology, innovation, entrepreneur and investment community.
This Devex article describes her recent work at USAID engaging Silicon Valley:
https://www.devex.com/news/why-usaid-is-looking-to-silicon-valley-for-food-security-partners-88581

She was on the four-person Core Planning team with The White House National Security Council and State Department that organized President Obama’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University in June, and led the effort that mobilized at GES $315 million dollars in capital from the private sector to support global entrepreneurs and fund managers in emerging markets.

Moving forward, she is leading USAID’s role partnering with 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley global venture capital fund and accelerator, to bring the Geeks on a Plane (GOAP) tour to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. The 14-day trip in March 2017 to Accra, Lagos, Cape Town and Johannesburg will bring investors, founders, tech leaders and innovators from around the world to engage with African entrepreneurs and innovators and explore partnerships, mentorships, and investment opportunities.

Previously, Danielle was an Innovation Evangelist at Kaiser Permanente, where she helped spread technology innovation and health sciences research through stakeholder engagement, networking, events and creative multi-media communications.

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