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Inaugural Oxford Business Forum Africa focuses on the theme ‘Unreasonable Africa’

With a burgeoning youth population, stabilising political landscape, and an abundance of natural resources, Africa is often hailed as the next global economic powerhouse. While Africa’s potential is widely discussed, preconceived notions of Africa are still prevailing over open discussion of the realities of the continent.

The Oxford Business Forum Africa, held on Saturday 12 March 2106, will explore the reality of business in Africa and the true opportunities and challenges to starting, consolidating, and scaling businesses there. By learning directly from leading business people working in Africa, the Forum focuses on understanding the interconnected nature of business, the diversity of markets and consumers in African countries, and the innovative approaches business adopt to maximise their impact.  The theme ‘Unreasonable Africa’ celebrates individuals who are finding solutions and opportunities beyond the expected, who are challenging the status quo, and whose bold visions and decisions have led to exceptional successes.

Hosted jointly by Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and the Oxford Business Network for Africa, led by current Oxford MBA students, the Forum will convene over 30 speakers from pioneering start-ups, leading financial institutions and corporate companies, NGOs, and government.

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Speakers include:
– Trevor Manuel, Former Finance Minister of South Africa
– Dolika Banda, Independent Consultant, and former Managing Director of the CDC Group
– Tara Fela-Durotoye, Founder and CEO of House of Tara
– Ladi Delano, Founder of Grace Lakes Partners
– Colin Coleman, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs
– Katlego Maphai, Managing Director of Yoco
– Doug de Villiers, CEO of Interbrand Africa
– Carljin Nouwen, Partner at Dalberg
– Akinwole Omoboriowo, CEO of Genesis Electricity
– Martin Bratt, Partner at McKinsey & Company
– Joshua Rugema, Managing Director of H20 Venture Partners
– Kenny Ewan, Founder of WeFarm

The Forum’s programme is designed around three core areas: enabling, navigating, and scaling. These areas focus on finding ways to enable visionaries and business people to understand and access the opportunities in Africa; developing  an understanding of the key influences beyond the remit of business; and building capability to scale across the continent and globally.

The programme and full list of speaker is available here.

Oxford Saïd is proudly at the forefront of promoting the African growth story, and continues to be an advocate for greater levels of investment into talent from across Africa. The School has committed for at least 10% of the MBA class to come from Africa and is on target to reach this goal. The Oxford Business Forum Africa is one of a multitude of ways Oxford Saïd highlights African business, for more information see here.

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