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Key themes / Debates

PLENARY SESSION ON POVERTY

HAVE WE LOST THE BATTLE AGAINST POVERTY?

Nearly 2 million Africans die each year because they are too poor to stay alive. What are African leaders doing collectively and individually to reverse the devastation that poverty is bringing to millions of people?
Where has the battle to fight poverty gone wrong? What must be done immediately and in the long term?
Have we lost the war against poverty?

PANEL OF EXPERTS

  • Professor Nick Binedell Founder and Director, The Gordon Institute of Business Science
  • Dr Pat Utomi Director, Centre for Applied Economics, Lagos Business School
  • Ms Ntombifuthi Mtoba Chairman of the Board, Deloitte
  • Ms Evelyn Mungai President, All Africa Business Women’s Association, Kenya
  • Dr Yvonne Muthien Group Executive, Corporate Affairs – MTN Group
  • Mr Thulani S. Gcabashe Chief Executive, Eskom Holdings Ltd
  • Mr Malcolm Ray Managing Editor Business in Africa magazine
  • Chaired by Dr Ken Kwaku Special adviser to the President of Tanzania
PLENARY SESSION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

WHO WILL BAIL THE CAT?

Debate on how entrepreneurship can come to the rescue of Africa’s sustainable development. Pressing challenges facing the African continent require the unlocking of entrepreneurship. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs on the continent share their practical experience on growing this important sector.

PANEL OF EXPERTS
  • Mr Herman Mashaba Founder, Black Like Me and Chairman, Leswikeng
  • Chief Michael Ade-Ojo Executive Chairman Elizade Group Nigeria
  • Mr Chris Kirubi Chairman, Capital Group, Kenya
  • Mr Brian Hattingh Chief Executive, Cycan Group, SA
  • Mr Paul Harris Chief Executive, First Rand Banking Group
  • Dr Mamphele Ramphele Chair of Circle Capital Ventures
  • Chaired by Dr Pat Utomi Director, Lagos Business School
PLENARY SESSION ON WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT

African women are largely unheard but nevertheless powerful force and an insufficiently tapped engine of development. In the last 20 years, the changing fortunes of Africa have produced new challenges and opportunities. In many sectors, these opportunities have not been translated into tangible gains for women. How can the focus be changed? This high level session hosted by African women achievers will distill and outline the way forward to include women in the mainstream of our development efforts.

PANEL OF EXPERTS

  • Ms Joyce Aryee Ghana Chamber of Mines
  • Mrs Helen Nicholson HIRS Consultancy
  • Dr Yvonne Muthien MTN Group
  • Dr Kedibone Rennart Phambili Strategies
  • Ms Evelyn Mungai All Africa Business Women’s Association
  • Ms Ntombifuthi Mtoba Deloitte
  • Chaired by: Ms Mpho Letlape Eskom Holdings
PLENARY SESSION ON GOVERNANCE

The first major continent-wide study to measure and monitor “Progress towards good governance in Africa” undertaken by the United Nations say bluntly that much more has to be achieved before we can say that the capapble state is the norm in Africa. The report by the ECA identifies 10 priority areas for action in buiding capable and accountable states. Our panel of experts will debate the challenges of governance on the continent.

Panel members

  • Ms Ntombifuthi Mtoba Chairman of the Board, Deloitte
  • Mr Koffi Kouakou Programme Manager and Lecturer Graduate School of Public and Development Management Wits University
  • Mr Mohamed Adam Company Secretary and Legal Counsel – Eskom Holdings
  • Dr Ken Kwaku Special Adviser to the President of Tanzania
  • Mr Peter Bruce Editor Business Day, South Africa
  • Ms Nozipho Sithole National Ports Authority of South Africa
  • Chaired by Mr Paul Harris – CEO First Rand Banking Group
  • Moderator: Vuyo Mbuli