Forum to focus on doing business in Africa


On March 12, 2016 at the Said Business School, Oxford, London, the Oxford Business Forum Africa will explore the reality of business in Africa with the aim of increasing awareness of the opportunities on the continent, creating meaningful connections, and generating actionable insights. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Unreasonable Africa’, which focuses on celebrating and understanding the bold visions, decisions and successes of business people on the continent.

The Oxford Business Forum Africa brings together distinguished leaders from top companies, innovative startups, government, and civil society from across Africa with thought leaders, students and alumni from Oxford University to discuss business in Africa. This year’s speakers include Trevor Manuel, former South African Cabinet Minister; Ladi Delano, founder of Grace Lake Partners; Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO and founder of House of Tara; Colin Coleman, head of Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa; Kenny Ewan, CEO and founder of WeFarm; and Doug de Villiers, CEO of Interbrand Africa and chairman of Interbrand Holdings Group Africa.

Continuing the long-standing tradition of the Oxford Business Network for Africa’s annual event, this year’s forum will be held in close partnership with Said Business School. With a burgeoning youth population, stabilising political landscape, and an abundance of natural resources, Africa is often hailed as the next global economic powerhouse. By learning directly from leading business people working in Africa, the forum focuses on understanding the interconnected nature of business, the diversity of markets and consumers in African countries, and the innovative approaches business adopt to maximise their impact.

Source: Said Business School.


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