Oxford Business Forum Africa 2016: 'Unreasonable Africa'

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School is a strong and proud advocate for greater levels of investment into talent from across Africa. In May 2014, at the World Economic Forum on Africa, Oxford Saïd’s Dean, Professor Peter Tufano, pledged for 10% of MBA students to come from the African continent, by 2018.
Marking their commitment to Africa, this year the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School is partnering with Oxford Business Network for Africa for the Oxford Business Forum Africa 2016. The Forum will explore the reality of business in Africa with the aim of increasing awareness of the opportunities on the continent, creating meaningful connections, generating actionable insights, and informing peoples decision making processes in relation to Africa.

The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Unreasonable Africa’, focusing on celebrating and understanding the bold visions, decisions, and successes of business people on the continent. The Forum will feature keynote addresses, focused panel discussions, and networking and career opportunities. Distinguished leaders from top companies, innovative start-ups, government and civil society from across Africa will combine with around 300 delegates to discuss business in Africa and offer unrivalled insight into business on the continent.
The programme of the Oxford Business Forum will be split into three core areas:

  1. Finding ways to enable visionaries and business people to understand and access the opportunities in Africa;
  2. Aiding existing businesses to navigate the complex landscape; and
  3. Exploring building capability to scale across the continent and beyond.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Trevor Manuel – Deputy Chairman, Rothschild in South Africa, and former South African Cabinet Minister (1994-2014)
  • Colin Coleman – Head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa and Head of the South African Office, Goldman Sachs
  • Akinwole Omoboriowo II – Chairman and CEO, Genesis Electricity
  • Tara Fela-Durotoye – CEO and Founder, House of Tara International
  • Ladi Delano – Founder, Grace Lake Partners (Nigeria’s youngest billionaire)
  • Kenny Ewan – CEO and Founder, WeFarm
  • Sandrine Henton – CEO and Founder, Educate Global Fund (EGF)
  • Andrew Hunt – Co-Founder & CEO, Aduna
  • Doug de Villiers – CEO of Interbrand Africa and Chairman, Intergroup Holdings Africa
  • Joshua Rugema – Managing Director, H2O Venture Partners

See the full list of speakers here
Date: The All-Day Forum will be held on Saturday 12th March 2016, with a Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner being held the evening before, Friday 11th March, for Premium Ticketholders.
Time: Friday, 17:30 onwards. Saturday, 09:00 – 22:00.
Location: Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP
The School is located opposite the train station in Oxford.
Buy your premium or all-day forum tickets here!
The 2016 Oxford Business Forum Africa is hosted by Saïd Business School and 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.

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