9th Pan African Humanitarian and Investment Summit Welcomes Maryland Secretary of State, Ms. Susan C. Lee, as Keynote Speaker


The 9th Pan African Humanitarian and Investment Summit is poised to convene in Maryland, USA, under the theme “Global Partnerships for African Progress: Fostering Collaboration Across Continents.” This prestigious event, scheduled for September 20th, 2024, will proudly showcase Maryland Secretary of State Susan C. Lee as one of its distinguished Keynote Speakers. The summit, known for its legacy of uniting influential leaders and visionaries from across the globe, has historically served as a platform for fostering meaningful dialogues and forging impactful collaborations. 

With Ms. Lee’s esteemed presence, the 9th edition promises to continue this tradition of excellence, offering invaluable insights and perspectives on critical issues shaping African progress and global cooperation. Susan Clair Lee, a trailblazing American politician, assumed office as the 72nd Maryland Secretary of State in 2023, marking a significant milestone in her illustrious career. Prior to this, she served with distinction as a member of the Maryland State Senate from 2015 to 2023, and as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 2002 to 2015. Notably, Ms. Lee represented District 16, situated in Montgomery County, and earned the distinction of being the first Asian American elected to the Maryland State Senate. 

Furthermore, she holds the honor of being the first Asian American woman and first Chinese American elected to the Maryland legislature, underscoring her trailblazing spirit and commitment to breaking barriers.

As a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Secretary Lee’s participation in the 9th Pan African Humanitarian and Investment Summit signifies a shared commitment to advancing collaboration and driving positive change on a global scale. Her wealth of experience, coupled with her unwavering dedication to public service, makes her an invaluable asset to the summit’s mission of promoting African progress and fostering cross-continental partnerships. 

The summit, renowned for its esteemed roster of speakers and its history of convening in various international cities, including Accra, Ghana; Dubai, UAE; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Rabat, Morocco; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Istanbul, Turkey; Zanzibar, Tanzania; and Senegal, has consistently attracted prominent figures from diverse backgrounds. Past editions have featured esteemed speakers such as H.E. Danny Faure, former President of Seychelles; Paulo Gomes, Former Executive Director of the World Bank; H.E. Hussein Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar; Soumeylou B. Maïga, Former Prime Minister of Mali; and Dr. Dauda Lawal, Executive Governor of Zamfara State in Nigeria, among others.


The 9th Pan African Humanitarian and Investment Summit represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue, explore innovative solutions, and strengthen partnerships for the collective advancement of Africa and its people. With Secretary Susan C. Lee’s invaluable contributions, the summit is poised to make a lasting impact, shaping the narrative of African progress and fostering collaboration across continents. 

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