Working, Studying, and Networking in a Pandemic
Event by Ashinaga

Jan 27, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (JST)
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Event Description:
2020 was not the year we expected it to be. Internships were cancelled, international students were unable to reach their institutions, travel plans were put on hold, and many expats were unable to return to their home country. How can we leverage the current world situation to our advantage? How can we work, study, and grow our networks during this time? These are some themes we will discuss.
This event is a collaboration between the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) and Jaspora, a networking and friendship platform for the African Diaspora and its friends residing in Japan). The AAI is Ashinaga’s flagship program. The mission of the AAI is to contribute to sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development by increasing access to international higher education abroad. Building on the two organizations’ shared values, we want to bring our communities together for this event. We will be joined by guest speakers Yan Fan, Co-Founder & CTO of Code Chrysalis, and Sena Voncujovi, Co-Founder of Jaspora, Yenching Scholar at Peking University & Editor In Chief at Peking University Africa Think Tank.
With all these hurdles in place, how can we leverage international academic and professional experiences? How do we take advantage of "virtual" networks to adapt to the “new normal”? If you have asked yourself these questions, please join us for an interactive discussion on January 27.

About the Speakers

Yan started Code Chrysalis, a software engineering bootcamp, in 2017 with the mission of changing the way software engineers are being trained in Asia and advocating for innovation through diversity and inclusion. Since its founding, Code Chrysalis has helped hundreds of individuals gain coding skills and make career changes and has worked with large enterprises like Mercari and NRI to upskill their teams. Prior to Code Chrysalis, Yan worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. She holds degrees she does not use from Dartmouth College.

Code Chrysalis is Yan's second coding bootcamp; she co-founded and served as CTO of a coding school in Jordan helping refugees in 2016.

Sena is currently a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and the Chief Editor of Peking University's African Think Tank. He graduated from Middlebury College where he studied International Politics & Economics and African Studies as a Davis United World College Scholar. Post-graduation, he worked at the Ashinaga Foundation in Tokyo, providing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career development training to students from 49 sub-Saharan African countries. He co-founded Jaspora, a community of hundreds of African and Japanese business specialists, diplomats, scholars, and change-makers that meet monthly to discuss issues related to African development. A proud African traditionalist, Sena also founded ReVodution to digitally preserve and educate people about the West African spiritual and herbal traditions of Vodu. In 2018, he served as an adviser to the Ghanaian government for TICAD 7 and aspires to economically and culturally bridge Asia and Africa.