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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 the GIBS Centre for African Management and Markets; and
  • Jesmane Boggenpoel, businesswoman, former Head of Business Africa for WEF and author of My Blood Divides and Unites.

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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