Lagos Business School hosted the 5th edition of the LBS Africa Business Conference (ABC), an event facilitated by its MBA students on Friday, March 3, 2017. The ABC was envisioned from the need to build a credible platform to facilitate deliberate initiatives for business and economic growth in Africa.
ABC 2017 featured a mix of high-impact keynote addresses, interactive panel sessions and professional networking opportunities among other activities. The theme for the conference “Rethink Africa: Radical Business Models for Volatile Economies” focused on challenging business paradigms and harnessing disruptive thinking to create successful business ecosystems across the continent.
In the opening keynote address by Mr Andrew Alli, President and CEO of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), who was represented by Mr Oliver Andrews, established that businesses need to integrate technology across the breadth of their value chain.
Further to the opening keynote, six panel sessions held concurrently. The panels spanned across various sectors of the economy and included: Agriculture, Corporate Finance and Investments, Creative and Media, Manufacturing and Distribution, SMEs and Entrepreneurship, and Technology.
The closing keynote was delivered by Yaw Nsarkoh, the executive vice-president of Unilever Ghana-Nigeria. He made a remarkable presentation which highlighted six major pillars for conceiving a business model that is fit for an emerging economy. These pillars include: diversity and inclusion, digital disruption, structure for agility, operational intensity, eco-system thinking and leadership.
The next Africa Business Conference will hold in 2018 and interest can be indicated by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org