Africa’s Overlooked Business Revolution

For global and Africa-based companies looking to access new growth markets, Africa offers exciting opportunities to build large, profitable businesses. 

Its population is young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanised, while rapid technology adoption makes the continent a fertile arena for innovation. But Africa's business environment remains poorly understood; it's known to many executives in the West only by its reputation for complexity, conflict, and corruption.

Africa's Business Revolution provides the inside story on business in Africa and its future growth prospects and helps executives understand and seize the opportunities for building profitable and sustainable enterprises. From senior leaders in McKinsey's African offices and a leading executive on the continent, this book draws on in-depth proprietary research by the McKinsey Global Institute as well as McKinsey's extensive experience in advising corporate and government leaders across Africa. Brimming with company case studies and exclusive interviews with some of Africa's most prominent executives, this book comes to life with the vibrant stories of those who have navigated the many twists and turns on the road to building successful businesses on the continent. Combining an unrivalled fact base with expert advice on shaping and executing an Africa growth strategy, this book is required reading for global business executives looking to expand their existing operations in Africa - and for those seeking a roadmap to access this vast, untapped market for the first time.

Speakers:

Acha Leke, co-author, chairman of McKinsey & Company's Africa practice;

Mutsa Chironga, co-author, executive at Nedbank

Prof Adrian Saville, director of (Centre of African Management and Markets) CAMM

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, CEO of the African Leadership Institute (AFLI)

Jesmane Boggenpoel, co-founder of the African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holdings (AWCA)

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45-18:00

Starts: 18:00

Ends: 19:30 

A light supper will be served after the event.

Please note that GIBS forums are filmed for City Press and BDTV.

Want to attend but can't afford to? email nkawus@gibs.co.za for one of the limited free seats available.

 




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  • Professor Adrian Saville
    Adrian Saville’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude), M.Com (cum laude) and PhD (Economics), which he completed at the University of Natal in 1997 and for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal.  He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford).  He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York’s Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.

    In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to Cannon Asset Managers which he founded in 1998.  In 2017 Bidvest Financial Services acquired Cannon Asset Managers. Today Adrian serves as Chief Executive at Cannon Asset Managers.

    Adrian has experience in managing all the major asset classes and has successfully combined teaching and business, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria, London School of Business, Kelley School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management and the Estonian Business School.  He has held a Professorship of Economics, Finance & Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since 2003, where he teaches in the fields of macroeconomics, investment finance and strategy.  Adrian has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS one ten occasions since 2007.  In 2012 he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award and in 2014 he received the Central and East European Management Development Association award in teaching excellence.  Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world, including serving as an economic consultant to Visa South Africa. He has presented to global audiences in many destinations, including Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, France, India, Japan, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, United Kington, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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