Making Africa Work


Join the CDM for a special session with former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Greg Mills who will share their personal experiences and insights into 'Making Africa Work.'

Sub-Saharan Africa faces three big inter-related challenges over the next generation. It will double its population to two billion by 2045. By then more than half of Africans will be living in cities. And this group of mostly young people will be connected with each other and the world through mobile devices. Properly harnessed and planned for, this is a tremendously positive force for change. Without economic growth and jobs, it could prove a political and social catastrophe. Old systems of patronage and of muddling through will no longer work because of these population increases. Instead, if leaders want to continue in power, they will have to promote economic growth in a more dynamic manner.

Obasanjo and Mills will be launching their book "Making Africa Work", which offers a first-hand account of how to ensure growth beyond commodities and create jobs on the continent. Copies will be available to purchase.

Additional Info

Breakfast and registration: 07:30-08:15

Starts: 8:15

Ends: 9:45

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  • Professor Lyal White

    Prof. Lyal White is the founding director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets (CDM) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, where he is an Associate Professor in International Business focusing on political economy and strategy in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Prof. White is widely published in news media, academic journals and books, most recently as co-editor of "The Changing Dynamics of International Business in Africa" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), "Africa-to-Africa Internationalisation" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) and chapter contributor of "Africans Investing in Africa" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has worked in a range of sectors covering themes from investment rationale, strategy, competitiveness and general management in Dynamic Markets to reform, growth and development, and comparative politics in Africa and Latin America. He is also coordinating research and dialogue geared toward improving Africa's political and commercial relations with Latin America and understanding the role of new players in Africa and the world.


    Comparative political economy and strategic thinking in the context of International Business in Africa and Latin America are his principal areas of focus. Related to this, a key area of interest lies in understanding the exciting but complex environment of business in Dynamic Markets, and what is required by firms and individuals to improve their competitive performance in new markets. Through the lens of institutions and how institutional evolution underpins economic performance, Prof. White has developed the Dynamic Market Index (DMI), which measures and compares institutional progress and performance in markets across the globe. His research and writing emphasises contextually-driven strategy, which is evident in the many academic and executive programmes he runs, not to mention his advisory work.

    Prof. White has lived and worked in South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and the US, and is associated with a number of institutions across the globe. He has also taught at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, Science Po – Bordeaux, France, and at the Kelly School of Business - Indiana University. Prof. White lectures regularly at CEDEP in Fontainebleau, France, Strathmore Business School in Kenya, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American studies (CLAS) at UC Berkeley in the US.

    Prof. White is committed to enhancing cultural understanding between countries and building commercial and political ties between Africa and the world. He is of the firm belief that strong institutional and cultural understanding will help harness development and long-term prosperity for the masses in these dynamic regions.

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