MEDA Convention 2024

Registration opens July 1st!

Join us Oct 31 - Nov 3, Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

Reaching New Horizons

At MEDA, we have been investing in entrepreneurs for over 70 years. Guided by our values, we support entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to poverty. Our world faces more challenges every day – ones that our founders couldn’t even imagine in 1953.

To address climate change, political instability, and economic inequalities, we must continue building connections to reach new horizons of impact.

Join us for MEDA Convention 2024 to discover the power of partnerships to propel systemic change, amplify collective impact, and drive sustainable economic development forward.

Introducing Our Keynote Speakers

Magatte Wade

Director of the Center for African Prosperity, Atlas Network

María Pacheco

Co-founder & President of Wakami Global

Evan & Melissa Funk

Co-Founders, Lynn & Liana Designs

David Boshart, PhD

President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Magatte Wade Photo Credit: Carla Taylor Photographer

Atlanta, Georgia

Reaching New Horizons: Discover the Best of Atlanta from our downtown Buckhead Convention location!

The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead places you in the center of this iconic neighborhood – home to remarkable architecture, exceptional restaurants, multiple shopping centers and the financial district. At Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, you will enjoy luxury guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, two fine dining restaurants, a coffee bar, elegant event space and flexible meeting rooms.

Speaker Bio

Magatte Wade

Director of the Center for African Prosperity, Atlas Network

Magatte Wade is the Director of the Center for African Prosperity at Atlas Network, the leading organization of African free-market think tanks. She was listed as a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa,” a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and a TED Global Africa Fellow.

Magatte is the bestselling author of The Heart of A Cheetah, and the host of The Magatte Wade Show. She’s spoken at the United Nations, Aspen Institute, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, MIT, and the TED mainstage. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN, Fast Company, Fortune, and the Huffington Post.

Magatte’s passion for the role of free markets in overcoming poverty and the power of enterprise to tackle social issues and promote entrepreneurial education make her a sought-after speaker and thought leader at major conferences, events, and universities around the world.

Speaker Bios

María Pacheco

Co-founder and President of Wakami Global

In 2006 María Pacheco and her partners established the Wakami Global Value Chain with the mission of “seeing the beauty in the world now!” The business model of Wakami Global is to create a network of rural communities where the fashion products of local women can be sold through an international export chain.

Today, Wakami Global is exporting fashion accessories to more than fifteen countries, including Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Wakami Global products are sold by such outlets as Club Monaco, Brandy Melville, Ralph Lauren, and Natura. María believes that a few simple acts of entrepreneurship can create prosperity chains that can lift the very poor out of poverty.

Like an ancient Mayan fable full of mysteries and surprises, María’s life work evolved in partnership with the people she loves and serves.

Speaker Bios

Evan & Melissa Funk

Co-Founders, Lynn & Liana Designs

Evan & Melissa Funk are two of the Co-Founders of Lynn & Liana Designs, the largest resin accented serveware company in the world.

Lynn & Liana started as a small family project with their parents five years ago right from their home and has since grown to an incredible team of 15 staff headquartered in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. The team designs and hand-makes thousands of beautiful and eco-friendly pieces every week. They deliver their stunning products around the world to more than 2,000 stores ranging from large department stores to small independent gift boutiques. You can find them as far away as Dubai, South America, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Africa, Europe, and all across the United States and Canada.

Melissa oversees leadership, vision, and direction of the company while Evan oversees all the financial aspects of the company.

As seen on Good Morning America, The View, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, Buzzfeed, Golden Globes and Grammy’s Gift Bags and so much more.

Melissa and her husband Evan have been married 9 years and reside in Steinbach with their two young daughters, Adalyn and Raya.

Speaker Bio

David Boshart

David Boshart, PhD, President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

David Boshart was appointed President of AMBS August 1, 2019. He has been a Mennonite pastor for over 30 years. Prior to his appointment to AMBS, David served as Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference for 9 years and a local congregational pastor for 25 years. David was a member of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA for 12 years, serving as Moderator of Mennonite Church USA from 2017-2019.

David holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Andrews University with an emphasis in missional ecclesiology. He is the author of the book Becoming Missional: Denominations and New Church Development in Complex Social Contexts. David has taught classes at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Andrews University.

David is married to Shana, a former Denominational Minister for Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. They have three adult sons, Tony (married to Tanna and parents of Marryn, Brynna, Kinsley, and Raelyn), Aaron, and Corben (married to Mara).

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