Managing Beyond Borders: Expanding your Business across Africa

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​The ambition of any business is to grow. Given the complex nature of the African business environment, expanding a business across the continent can be both challenging and daunting. How do companies move from local to regional, and how do regional players become Pan-African giants? 

Join GIBS and the Djondo Fellowship for a high impact, half day seminar on how to successfully expand your business across Africa.


Speakers and topics include:


  • Building an African multinational: The case of Ecobank

          Arnold Ekpe, former CEO of the Ecobank Group & Board Member of Djondo Fellowship

  • Is strategy relevant, and does it still apply, in the African context? 

          Prof. Nick Binedell, Founding Director & Sasol Chair of Strategic Management at GIBS

  •  Understanding the complexities of the African business environment

           Prof. Lyal White, Senior Director of Johannesburg Business School


Speaker Profiles:


Arnold Ekpe

Arnold Ekpe was Chief Executive Officer of the Ecobank Group where he led most of the bank's expansion across Africa from 1996 to 2001 and then from 2005 to 2012. He was CEO of United Bank for Africa (UBA) between 2002 and 2004. Arnold is a board member of the Djondo Fellowship.

Professor Nick Binedell

Nick Binedell is the Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a Business School situated in Illovo, Johannesburg and established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria. His 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.

Professor Lyal White

Prof. White has a vast experience in 'on-the-ground' research and advices on strategy, political economy, policy and general business practice in new markets – especially in Africa and Latin America. To this end, he has championed a diversity of initiatives and publications, and worked with a wide range of clients in various countries seeking fresh opportunities, requiring him to manage complex administrative and cultural issues, deeply conscious of the social and political dimensions (and implications) in the execution of the many projects and tasks he oversees.

About the Djondo Fellowship

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the Djondo Fellowship is a Management Fellowship set up to support African companies to profitably expand beyond their domestic economies and become multinational champions of African integration. This Pan-African seminar - which is being hosted in Lagos, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Abidjan, Accra and Casablanca - is part of the Djondo Fellowship’s mission to support more African companies to deepen their presence in Africa.

Who should attend?
Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Head of Strategy and Implementation, Senior Management in Human Resources, Marketing and other Senior Executives.

How you will benefit
This seminar is designed to assist companies in forumulating a successful Africa expansion strategy. 
Additional information
The seminar will take place on the GIBS campus. A networking lunch will take place straight after the seminar concludes at 12.00. 
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