We curate our speakers bearing in mind the African narrative. Our speakers are thinkers, builders and innovators that are Africans by origin, working on African solutions or Africans in the diaspora making a difference in the societies they find themselves.

Million
Belay

Founder of MELCA

Million Belay is the founder of MELCA – Ethiopia, an indigenous NGO working on issues of agro-ecology, intergenerational learning, advocacy and livelihood improvement of local and indigenous peoples. He is also a researcher in food systems transformation at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, coordinates the Alliance for Food Sovereignty for Africa, a network of networks of major networks in Africa and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on the Sustainable of Food Systems (IPES-Food). Million has been working for over two decades on the issues of intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, the right of local communities for seed and food sovereignty and forest issues. His main interest is now advocacy on food sovereignty, learning among generations, knowledge dialogues and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilization of memory for resilience.