​​"How to Build an Oasis in the Desert"​

​​​​​Coronavirus Update: Event canceled.

The University of Findlay has been in close contact with Governor DeWine’s Office regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in order to ensure that we have the most current information about the evolving situation. Even though there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we will be proactive in our effort to prevent illness and promote a healthful campus environment.


With these proactive measures in mind, we are canceling this event. 


The University of Findlay has established a Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information web page to provide specific guidance for the University community along with up-to-date information.​​

​University of Findlay's College of Business is hosting Kader Kaneye, founder and president of African Development University (ADU) in Niger, for a presentation on "How to Build an Oasis in the Desert." Kaneye will share the lessons he learned throughout his experience starting ADU for his home community. Findlay students and community members will leave the presentation more aware of the opportunities available to them in the United States and with an understanding of the importance of education. 

"I hope the community of Findlay will see the power of collaboration after my presentation," Kaneye said. "We created a university with virtually no resources. Nothing is impossible; you just need to start where you are."

For more information about Kaneye's presentation, contact Louann Cummings at [email protected].

​About the Speaker:


​​​​​Kader Kaneye

Founder and​ president of African Development University in Niger

​An experienced social entrepreneur and change leader, passionate about empowering youth, women, and fostering community development through entrepreneurship and startup ventures, Kader Kaneye is also a CPA with 15 years of experience in auditing and consulting for complex international development organizations, governments (highest level), banking, and services challenges in more than 15 countries in the Francophone Africa. After graduating from Harvard University, he has focused his energy on​ the African Development University in his home country of Niger.

African Development University 

​​​​The mission of African Development University (ADU) is to prepare the most talented young people in the Sahel Region and Africa to design and drive the development of their nations as effective, ethical leaders in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. The regions biggest challenges - migration, Boko Haram - are rooted in the lack of economic opportunities. ADU students find internships and start careers, create startups, generate jobs, and help solve challenges in their communities. 

​​​This event is sponsored through a grant provided by the University of Findlay's Con​​vocation Committee.​