April 20 - 24 - 2020


Washington, D.C.


24+ Professional Speakers

Webinar - Investing In Romania

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F3 Global Advisory Group LLC is a strategic planning, capacity building, and market entry advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. focused on the U.S. and emerging markets, primarily Africa, Central Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Oman. F3 Global’s clients have included the U.S. Agency for Global Media, D.C. Government (D.O.E.S. and D.Y.R.S.), the Embassy of the Philippines, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Health-St. Maartin, University of Dar es Salaam, Business School, Association of Women in Business Ethiopia, Hive Uganda, and a variety of SMEs and Non-profits from across the emerging markets. Learn more at

Word from the CEO


CEO/Managing Director

“Established universities with strong S.T.E.M. programs, especially across Emerging Markets and within the U.S. HBCUs systems can become the next space to lead education and redefine relationship with industry. This relationship is yet to be fully invested into holistically. This week and conference is the platform set to gather markets that rarely engage each other such as Ethiopia-Bulgaria-US in order to leverage and collaborate to solve individual market needs as it relates specifically to leveraging workforce development across STEM and further tapping into new and existing STEM R&D to monetize and expand reach.”

Signature Event

April 23, 2020 | Washington, D.C

Learn. Exchange. Collaborate

GMI Week will serve as a convening forum for Emerging Market leaders from multiple S.T.E.M. industries and institutions to gain inspiration, knowledge, resources, and connections to grow their businesses. Participants will discuss and share best practices on how to build robust academic exchange programs, develop collaborative partnerships, learn best practices in tech transfer and commercialization, and build strategies to grow and market their businesses globally. The momentum from GMI Week will encourage improvements to the business and academic environment and unleash a new web of connections across and between global partners who traditionally do not engage each other.

The STEM R&D: Growing Markets, Growing Opportunities Conference is held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Washington, D.C. It is focused on producing the knowledge, partners, and tools necessary to encourage economic development stimulated by Research and Development innovations from across STEM industries.

Leverage the lessons learned to provide bridge building solutions to pressing challenges by learning from experts across the following topics.

Topic I:
Global Academia-Industry Collaborations
Topic II:
Educational Models and Curriculums of the Future
Topic III:
Tech Transfer, Commercialization & Policies Best Practices
Topic IV:
Economic Development driven by S.T.E.M. innovations
Topic V:
International R&D Funding Opportunities across Markets

What Attendees Can Expect?

  • Networking events with guests from industry multipliers including Chambers of Commerce, associations and business councils that are influential in the business community.
  • Panels and roundtables with the legal and business community to understand local and international business practices and opportunities.
  • Deal-making opportunities between businesses and investors.
  • One-on-One meetings for VIP ticket holders with future clients, partners, and funding collaborators
  • Access to new markets to increase competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of African, CEE and their U.S. counterparts.
  • Networking with a diverse audience of leaders, specifically the entirety of the educational supply chain of decision makers, political and economic leaders, to the youth innovators and investors from Africa, CEE as well as counterparts in the U.S.
  • Procurement and sales opportunities from international business leaders and governments.
Attendee PacketConference Program

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Embassy Hosts

Embassy of Bulgaria​

Embassy of Romania

Embassy of Ethiopia

Media Partner

GMI Week Calendar / dont forget it


Best Practices from Israel and the U.S. for Tech Transfer and Commercialization–partially funded by a grant from AJC

Network Reception

Best Practices from Israel and the U.S. for Tech Transfer and Commercialization–partially funded by a grant from AJC

Panels & Presentations

Opportunities across CEE and Highlights on Romania and Bulgaria hosted by the Embassy of Romania and the Romanian AmericanChamber of Commerce

Network Reception

Network ReceptionHosted at the Embassy of Bulgaria


OGA Breakfast(invite ONLY)

Fire-side Chat

Africa Got Next + Innovation Showcase


Ambassador Fitsum Arega

Ethiopian Ambassador to the USA

Dr. Yacob Astatke

Morgan State University

Nnedinma C. Ifudu Nweke

Akin Gump / Partner

Matei Balaita

Embassy of Romania

Dr. Fred Snowden

Chief Academic Officer

Global Cultiva

Ivo Konstantinov

Head of Economic Section and Trade Attache

Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States

Conference Price list

Full Day Pass


*Early Bird Special till March 23, 2020: $475 USD

Pass allows you to attend the 1 day conference and access to the exhibitor hall.
The Conference + Networking reception includes breakfast, lunch, and light meal refreshments for the evening.
Access to All events from April 20 - April 24, 2020 during GMI Week (includes all workshops, panels, network receptions, and briefings)
Name and company name listed in Guidebook


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The coronavirus (COVID 19)

The coronavirus (COVID 19) has rapidly spread around the world and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to global health concerns and the evolving circumstances regarding COVID 19, the GMI Week series of events and STEM R&D: Growing Markets, Growing Opportunities conference in following federal and local government guidelines must post-pone till further notice. To continue to forge ahead with our collective efforts for future GMI Week initiatives and programs, we will be hosting a series of webinars focused on market opportunities, tech transfer topics, and other relevant information. If you have any questions, please email When responding, please include your organization's name and country. As the situation regarding COVID 19 continues to unfold, it is important to understand the facts regarding this virus and to depend on credible sources of information on the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are both helpful resources for updates and answers to many of the questions you may have. During these very challenging times, we trust that you will stay safe by taking all necessary precautions, and we look forward to hosting you on future webinars and conferences.

Hellen Fissihaie, CEO/Managing Director