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Reflections from Davos for Business in Africa

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Registration: 17h45 - 18h00

Forum Start Time: 18h00​​​​​​​​

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cocktails will be served after the event

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Join GIBS experts Prof.Lyal White, Matthew Birtch, Abdullah Verachia, Professor Nick Binedell and Adrian Kitimbo as they reflect on key lessons from Davos and how these will impact on business in Africa and the BRICS countries. 2016 has got off to a bumpy start with a resurgence of geopolitical turmoil and increasing volatility in stock markets across the global and especially in key emerging markets. Is China's slow down as bad as some suggest? Will there be an upturn in the oil price and how will a recovery in the oil market impact us here in South Africa? How can we learn from countries like India which seem to be fairing far better? What is the role of innovate and technology in all of this? We will examine the key themes from Davos, and assess how business can remain relevant in a climate of change and uncertainty.  ​​

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  • Prof Nick Binedell is the Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria. After an initial career in the industry in the Mining and Manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Prof Binedell has focused his career for the past 20 years in business education.

    In 1998 Prof Binedell was invited to establish a new business school focused on meeting the individual and corporate needs of business in South Africa. The school has rapidly established itself as a leading business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. It was previously ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.

    Prof Binedell is a determined traveller and explorer. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was ten he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa, and Britain. He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has travelled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, Lagos as well as European and American cities. 

    Prof Binedell’s area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe, and Australia. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was ten he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa, and Britain.

    He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has travelled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, Lagos as well as European and American cities. 

    Qualifications

    • PhD (UW)
    • MBA (UCT)
    • BCom (RU)
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