PNG and Vanuatu entrepreneurs to attend 2016 global summit

The U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has announced four young entrepreneurs who will be attending the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Vavine Nadesalingam and Hubert Namani from Papua New Guinea, including Dawna Horton from Vanuatu and the United States and Haroun Rashid, will attend the event, which will take place from June 22-24 in Silicon Valley, California.

Nadesalingam with Emstret Training & Consultancy, Namani with Trident, Rashid of Emstret Holdings Limited, and Horton, a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu and an advisor for the Vanuatu Mama’s English Class, will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world, along with investors, speakers and leaders in the entrepreneurship space.

These innovative entrepreneurs will be joined by high-level U.S. Government officials, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Gayle Smith, Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

GES 2016 will connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create, innovate, and unleash their power to change the world.

Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA, is a perfect example of this approach where thousands of firms have achieved success and it’s a great place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 GES.

This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco and Kenya. In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.

GES 2016 will showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as a means to address some of the most intractable global challenges. Hosting GES in Silicon Valley will highlight America’s entrepreneurial spirit and allow American investors and entrepreneurs to see the talent, solutions, and opportunities that exist globally.

The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aimed to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skill and relationships that will help their ventures grow.  Within the Summit there will also be demonstration areas, experiential learning exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with industry experts.

Discover blogs from participants and thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship at GES 2016 by going to, by liking the U.S. Embassy Port Moresby’s Facebook page,, or by following @USEmbassyPOM on Twitter. Use the hashtag #GES2016 for the latest updates.




(GES 2016 participants: Above: U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray with Haroun Rashid and Vavine Nadesalingam.)


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