Media Invitation- Oxford Africa Business Conference Leading from the Frontier

The student-led Oxford Africa Business Conference at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, will bring together influential business and community leaders, leading academics, industry experts and MBA students, from around the world to explore significant business issues on the theme of Leading from the Frontier. They will discuss the rapidly increasing levels of intra-African trade, and discuss a range of topics from the tech revolution to frontier investing and the role private equity is playing in unlocking value on the continent.

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Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

(PRWEB UK) 26 April 2013

Africa’s growth story is well publicised. The World Bank predicts that the continent’s combined economies will grow at an average rate of over 5%, which is more than the global average, and the rate of return on foreign investment is greater than in any other developing region. But where exactly are the opportunities and what is driving this growth?

The student-led Oxford Africa Business Conference at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, will bring together influential business and community leaders, leading academics, industry experts and MBA students, from around the world to explore significant business issues on the theme of Leading from the Frontier. They will discuss the rapidly increasing levels of intra-African trade, and discuss a range of topics from the tech revolution to frontier investing and the role private equity is playing in unlocking value on the continent.

You are invited to join this event.

Key speakers include:

  •     Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airways
  •     Mthuli Ncube, Vice President, African Development Bank
  •     Dr. Julie Taylor, Head of Communications, Google Africa
  •     Soleymane Ba, Vice President, Helios
  •     Henry Rudd, Investor Relations Africa, SABMiller
  •     John Mathwasa, Co-Founder, SEACOM
  •     Andrew Brown, Chief Investment Officer, Emerging Capital Partners
  •     Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi, Senior Strategist, Industrial Development Corporation
  •     Abdirashid Duale, CEO, Dahabshiil
  •     Dr. Felix Olale, Executive Chairman, Excelsior Group
  •     Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Saїd Business School, University of Oxford
  •     Professor Tim Jenkinson, Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  •     Lloyd West, Vice President, Abraaj Group
  •     Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service
  •     Lanre Akinola, This Is Africa Editor, Financial Times

The full speaker list can be viewed at http://www.oxfordafricanetwork.org/speakers.htm

H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda will deliver the keynote at the Saturday afternoon plenary.

Programme
Saturday 18th May

08:30 – 09:30 AM    Registration and Coffee (Main Foyer)
09:30 – 10:30 AM    Welcome and Opening Keynote: Professor Mthuli Ncube
10:45 – 12:00 PM    Panel A: Capturing African Growth
                                Panel B: Frontier Investing: the role of private equity
                                Panel C: Igniting Africa’s Tech Revolution
12:00 – 1:00 PM    Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM            Plenary: President Paul Kagame of Rwanda
2:00 – 2:30 PM             Coffee Break
2:30 – 3:45 PM            Panel D: Sustaining Social Impact and Innovation
                                Panel E: Infrastructure and the BRIC Approach
                                Panel F:Inside Out: African roots, global impact
4:00 – 5:30 PM            Closing Panel: The Looking Forward Forum

For more information see here.

The conference is organised by the Oxford Business Network for Africa, a student-led group created to organise and channel the substantial interest in business in Africa amongst Oxford students, alumni and faculty. The group is run by current MBA students at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

For more information, to attend the conference or to request an interview with any of the speakers, please contact the Press Office:

Clare Fisher, Head of Public Relations, Saїd Business School
Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090; Tel: 01865 288968
Email: clare.fisher(at)sbs(dot)ox.ac.uk
Josie Powell, PR Coordinator,

Mobile +44 (0)7711 387215; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: josie.powell(at)sbs(dot)ox.ac.uk or pressoffice(at)sbs(dot)ox.ac.uk

Notes to editors

About Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked number one in the UK (7th worldwide) in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2012) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times. For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/.

About The Oxford Business Network for Africa
The Oxford Business Network for Africa is a student led group created to organise and channel the substantial interest in business in Africa amongst Oxford students, alumni and faculty. The group is run by current MBA students at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Every year, a number of engagements are organised including speaker events, an Africa trek and Strategic Consulting Projects. These projects can be located anywhere in Africa and usually take place over eight weeks during July and August. Projects focus on issues of major importance to the future strategic direction of organisations and benefit from the combined multi-functional skills a truly global MBA class can offer.

Our flagship event for the year is the Oxford Africa Business Conference which brings together business leaders, academics and MBA students from around the world to discuss significant business issues in Africa.

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