What really matters for African business: A pressing new focus

The Dunning Africa Centre (DAC) at Henley Business School Africa has launched a new webinar series for leaders in Africa, which will tap the continent into an international research agenda and aims to unlock more global opportunities for African business.

Our ninth virtual event seeks to answer the question; What does 2023 hold for Africa?

Join our monthly event, which will take place every month on the first Thursday.

What does 2023 hold for Africa?
A business perspective

Thursday 2 February 2023

17h30 to 19h00 SAST (GMT+2/ EST+7)

The Dunning Africa Webinar Series

The DAC isn’t a place, it’s a continent-wide conversation for leaders. This series allows Africa’s top business minds and global experts to debate and discuss contemporary issues affecting African business. More than this, it allows you to join-in the conversation.

The Dunning Africa Centre, which is affiliated to the prestigious John H. Dunning Centre for International Business in the UK, will energise collaboration between top African scholars, business leaders and other experts. Together, this will drive enquiry into the impact of globalisation on international business from an African perspective. It will also seek to reposition African business as a significant and dynamic global player.

It is time for Africa to reclaim its identity and make authentic, assertive inroads into the global business market. Africans do business like no-one else. We have a unique outlook and hard-won experience in one of the most challenging and complex business environments on the planet.

Our topics have been sourced from African business people across the continent, and cover the pressing questions facing African businesses today:

● How should African businesses establish their identity in international markets?
● What are the challenges and opportunities we face when securing investments overseas?
● How should African businesses engage with large, inward investors?

An essential element of the DAC webinar is that business people from across Africa can offer their unique insights and perspectives. We have designed the platform so that the conversation can expand across industries and provide a unified path forward. Every voice counts.

Africa is in your hands. Listen or
participate from anywhere.

The ninth of many good debates

Thursday, 2 February | 17:30 - 19:00 SAST (GMT+2/ EST+7)

What does 2023 hold for Africa? A business perspective

It is customary to begin a new year with optimism about the business prospects and opportunities ahead. However, in Africa, we begin a new year with the spectre of rising inflation, political uncertainty, and volatile markets. We ask our invited experts to comment on the key issues facing businesses in Africa amidst rapidly evolving sociopolitical and economic circumstances.

Co-Chairs & Hosts - 02 February

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Prof. Rajneesh Narula, OBE

Chair, Director, Dunning Africa Centre Professor of International Business Regulation Henley Business School, University of Reading

Rajneesh Narula OBE, is the director of both the Dunning Africa Centre and the John Dunning Centre for international business. He is Professor of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School. He has published over 100 articles and chapters, and is considered be one of the world’s leading experts in international Business. Raised and educated in Nigeria, he is passionate about improving the development outcomes from foreign investment across Africa, and is currently an advisor to the Nigerian government in this area. He also regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, governments, and consulting firms. He holds honorary appointments at United Nations University-MERIT, Norwegian School of Business, Oxford University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Urbino. In 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his Services to Business Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) in 2015. He is a regular commentator on business and economics issues on BBC World News, Sky News, TRT World, CGTN, as well as a variety of print and online publications.

Jon Foster-Pedley

Co-chair, Director and Dean of Henley Business School Africa

Jon is an innovative businessperson, academic and expert in curriculum design who has built and directs the only quadruple-internationally-accredited business school in Africa, Henley Africa. Dean and director Jonathan Foster-Pedley has worked in six continents and has over forty years of international working experience. He is a former airline pilot and senior executive in the European aerospace industry. He has been an academic or leader in business schools, specialising in strategy and learning, for nearly thirty years. He has guided and facilitated international and local multicultural sales, marketing and management teams. He is also a consultant, coach (working as a visiting professor in Strategy, Creativity and Innovation), and a writer and speaker. He’s the former Vice Chair for the South Africa Business Schools Association and a board member for the Association of African Business Schools. He is currently the Chairman of the British Chamber of Business for Southern Africa.

Special Guests - 02 February

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MD Ramesh

Group CEO – TGI Agribusiness Lagos, Nigeria

M. D. Ramesh is the group chief executive officer of TGI Agribusiness, which has a footprint across eight countries with a mix of food processing and soft commodity value chains in the portfolio. Prior to 2020, Ramesh was president of Olam International, one of the largest agro-food processing firms in the world. In his 28 years at Olam, Ramesh managed diverse businesses across Africa, India, and Europe, including supply chains, farms, processing factories, mergers and acquisitions, and trend-setting sustainability and governance standards. An Africa specialist, Ramesh is known in the industry for thought leadership as well as managing corporate and policy-making relationships at the highest levels.

Ebun Jackson-Adekola

CEO, Anglophone West Africa for Marsh

Ebun Jackson-Adekola was appointed as CEO, Anglophone West Africa for Marsh in April 2021. She started her career at Munich Reinsurance Company (U.K.), holding several roles across Financial Reporting, New Business Solutions and Client Business Management. She subsequently held leadership roles in several local and international insurance companies, including Liberty Holdco, Nigeria, where she served as the Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the Marsh team, Ebun was the Executive Director (Technical & Operations) at Tangerine Africa, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of technical and operational strategy for the start-up Financial Services group.

Elena Williams MIEx

Trade, Economic Resilience & Urban Development

Elena Williams MIEx is an expert in global trade as well as economic resilience and development. She is the head of Regional Programmes at the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Connected Places Catapult, leading the strategy for the Catapult’s programmes in international markets. She has extensive experience of working globally, including delivering Prosperity and Department for International Development projects in Africa and Latin America as the head of financial and professional services in the UK’s Department for International Trade and as a diplomat responsible for the UK’s trade relationship with Southern Africa, during which time she established the UK’s first trade team in Zimbabwe to support the country’s agricultural export focus. She is the founder of the UK government’s annual UK-Africa Investment Summit and has served on the boards and executive committees of bilateral business chambers. Prior to leaving the UK civil service in 2022, Elena was responsible for setting the UK’s global supply chain resilience policies and strategy in response to the global pandemic and led cross-Whitehall work to develop the UK’s first critical minerals strategy. In 2020, Elena was awarded the Spirit of Ubuntu Commendation by the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK for her voluntary COVID-19 work.

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Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare

Presidential Advisor on Health at the Office of the President of Ghana

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare is the Presidential Advisor on Health at the Office of the President of Ghana. His leadership roles include that of Medical Superintendent at the District hospital, Medical Director at the Regional Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at the Teaching Hospital, Ghana and Director General of Ghana Health Service, all positions where his strategic, operational, business, clinical and health-system reform expertise are highly valued. A graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Dr Nsiah-Asare is also an alumnus of the Boston University School of Public Health in the USA, where he obtained a Certificate in Management Methods in International Health. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS), a Fellow of the Ghana College of Surgeons (FGCS), a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS) and a Fellow of the Ghana Medical Association. Dr Nsiah-Asare serves as a Member of the Ghana Covid-19 Taskforce, he is a Member of Ghana’s Vaccine Production Committee, Chairman of Health-GIIF for the implementation of Agenda 111, the Ghanian government’s health infrastructural development project, a Member of City University College Council, and Chairman of the Cosmopolitan Health Insurance Board. He served on the Ghana Health Service Council, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons Council, National Health Insurance Board and the Ghana AIDS Commission.

Prof Flavia Senkubuge

Specialist in Public Health Medicine

Prof Flavia Senkubuge is a Specialist in Public Health Medicine with a PhD in Public Health and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the UK. She is the Deputy Dean Stakeholders at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Colleges of Medicine South Africa (CMSA), the apex body of medicine in South Africa. The current Chair of the WHO/Afro region African Advisory Council on Research and Development (AACHRD), Prof Senkubuge is also President of Women in Global Health (WGH) South Africa and Vice President of the African Federation of Public Health Association (AFPHA). Prof Senkubuge was recognised as one of 50 powerful women in South Africa in the Mail & Guardian Power of Women awards in 2021, and was recently selected as a Fellow of the prestigious Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship.

Dr Mark Attah

Senior Partner and Clinical Director at Bretton Park Health Care, UK

Dr Mark Attah is Senior Partner and Clinical Director at Bretton Park Health Care in the UK. He is also Senior Clinical Tutor and examiner for the University of Cambridge School of Medicine and visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Postgraduate Medicine. The founder of BE-iT Africa, a business and entrepreneurship development programme for Africa, Mark qualified from the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria before travelling to the UK to undertake further postgraduate speciality training in neurosurgery. Dr Attah is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Nigeria (FMCS), a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS), a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP), a Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (MFMLM), and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). He has an Executive MBA from Loughborough University Business School, a Certificate in Clinical Leadership and Management from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and a Certificate in Strategic Systems Leadership from Yale University in the USA. Various prior roles include serving as Executive Director and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund Programme Board where he successfully developed extended access in primary care and pioneered the introduction of digital consultations. He served as a consultant for the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement and worked with McKinsey and Company as a medical consultant. He continues to work privately as a consultant and has been involved in projects in Malawi, Republic of Niger and Nigeria.

Prof Aliko Ahmed

Regional Director of Public Health for the East of England region

A public health physician and global health diplomat with three decades of experience in clinical medicine, academia and public health practice in low- and high-income countries, Prof Aliko Ahmed is the Regional Director of Public Health for the East of England region. Prof Ahmed’s global health interest is in sustainable health solutions, especially in the translation of evidence into public health policy development and implementation in Africa. He is a Senior Fellow and Convenor of the Public Health Africa Policy Forum at Chatham House – a forum that facilitate debates and dialogue by African leaders and supports development and implementation of effective health policies in Africa. He is a Commissioner in the recently launched global initiative on Universal Health Coverage – the Chatham House Commission for Universal Health. An Associate Director at Cambridge Public Health and a Fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge University, Prof Ahmed chairs the UK Faculty of Public Health – Africa Group, and holds Honorary Professorships in Public Health at Staffordshire University in the UK and at Bayero University Kano in Nigeria.

Dr Francis Mangeni

Senior Fellow with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town

Dr Francis Mangeni has been Senior Fellow with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, Head of Trade Promotion and Programs with the African Continental Free Trade Area, and Director of Trade Customs and Monetary Affairs with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. He was Advisor to the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Government of Malawi; Diplomat and Senior Economist at the Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the United Nations and other International Organization based at Geneva; and Regional Trade Policy Advisor at the Commission of the African Union. He has taught on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in Uganda and in the United Kingdom. His work has contributed to economic reforms across Africa and assisted Africa’s diplomatic agency across the world. Dr Mangeni has a doctorate in International Economic Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Andrew Mold

Chief, Cluster for Regional Integration, for the office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Kigali

Andrew Mold is Chief, Cluster for Regional Integration, for the office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Kigali. He has a Masters in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. His Ph.D. thesis was on the role of American multinationals in processes of regional integration. He has previously worked for the UN Secretariat in Chile and in Addis Ababa and also for UNICEF in Costa Rica. He worked from 2008-2011 at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he was a Senior Economist and in charge of their flagship publication ‘Perspectives on Global Development: Shifting Wealth’. From 2004-2009 he was editor of the European Journal of Development Research. Andrew has published in a wide-number of journals, including the Journal of African Trade, Journal of International Development, the CEPAL Review, the African Development Review, Development, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Ziad Hamoui

Chartered logistician, Regional integration advocate & pan-Africanist

Ziad Hamoui is a chartered logistician, regional integration advocate, and passionate pan-Africanist with two decades of private-sector experience in logistics and transport in Ghana, as well as a decade of development expertise across West Africa. He is a founding member and the current Ghanaian National President of Borderless Alliance, a multi-stakeholder advocacy group that promotes regional economic integration in West Africa and tackles barriers to regional trade and transport. Ziad is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ghana and a founding member of the Trade Facilitation Coalition for Ghana.

Obi Asika

Founder, Iba Ajie, Founder Cabal Entertainment Co-Founder, SocialMediaWeek Lagos, Co-founder, Africa Soft Power Project

Obi Asika is a soft power advocate and creative industries leader focused on the possibilities that the creative and cultural industries offer for Nigeria, Africa and the global black Diaspora. He is acknowledged as one of the pioneers who has led the globalisation of the Nigerian music and entertainment industries. Obi Asika is the co-founder of Social Media Week Lagos, one of the largest new media and technology conferences in Africa. Obi has been involved in promoting and enabling opportunities in the technology, sports, media and entertainment industries in Nigeria and beyond for decades. He has been an Executive Producer for global events, major global tv franchises and festivals including, Fifa U20 World Cup 1999, CAF Nations Cup 2000, Big Brother Nigeria 2006, Dragons Den Nigeria, 2007, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-2012, Calabar Festival 2008 & Calabar Rocks Tv Series 2008, Soccerex West Africa 2012, SMWLagos 2012- 2021 to name a few. He was Vice-Chairman of Kwara Utd, a Nigerian premier league football team in 2003-2005. Obi Asika founded one of the legendary record labels that drove the expansion and explosion of Nigerian music through his company Storm who produced tv shows, released artists and produced iconic events over the decades. Obi Asika is the National Coordinator of the Technical Working Group for the Creative Industries, Tourism, Culture and Hospitality sectors for the 2020-2030 Media and Long term National Development plan for the Nigeria 2050 Agenda. Obi Asika has worked with and advised multilaterals, corporations, governments, brands and agencies on the creative industries, sports, strategic communications, events and more. Obi Asika was educated at Eton College, The University of Warwick and The Nigeria Law School.

Craig McGahey

Owner at Mama Dance ! Music Library

Craig has been actively involved in the South African music business since 1992. He’s played in bands, been an executive music producer, music supervisor and run a successful Record label. He is currently a music publisher with Mama Dance Music Library that specialises in African music which gets used in TV, Film and adverts around the world. The library gets international distribution via Sonoton and Universal Production music. Craig is also a board member at the SA mechanical rights society CAPASSO, and is a long time board member at the Music Publishers Association of South Africa.

Dr Frank Aswani

CEO of Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA)

Dr Frank Aswani, is the CEO of Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), a network of social investors who are collaborating to increase the flow of capital into social investors across Africa and ensure that the capital is deployed for maximum social Impact. He’s Kenyan, living in Johannesburg and holds a Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Studies), University of Pretoria, South Africa. He presents extensive Private and Social sector experience. His previous roles including 14 years with Eli Lilly where he worked in Kenya, England, Switzerland and South Africa. His last role at Lilly was the Sales Director for South Africa and Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa where he managed over 25 countries in Anglo Phone and Luso-phone Sub Sahara Africa. His other stints included being the VP and Director of Strategic Relations at African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg where he led ALA’s corporate partnerships, Business development and Fundraising across Africa, Europe, Middle East and the US, African Regional Director with ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and time running his own consultancy in Innovation. Frank is a passionate pan-African who believes that Africans should be at the forefront of solving our own problems.

Nosa Igbinadolor

Journalist and Political Economist, Nigeria

Nosa Igbinadolor is a Nigerian journalist and political economist based in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. He works with West Africa’s biggest financial daily, BusinessDay. Nosa’s interests include current discourses around African political economy, African economic history, and violent conflicts and counterterrorism operations in the Lake Chad region.

Marcus M. Larsen

Professor of Strategic and International Management, Copenhagen Business School & Adjunct Professor, BI Norwegian Business School

Marcus M. Larsen is a professor of Strategic and International Management at Copenhagen Business School and an adjunct professor at BI Norwegian Business School. His research interests include international business, strategy, and organisational design. His work has appeared in leading outlets, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organization Science. Marcus is currently leading research projects titled ‘The firm in the informal economy’ and ‘Firm formalization and sustainable development’. He is an associate editor of Global Strategy Journal and sits on the editorial board of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Management, and Management and Organization Review.

Jean-Pierre Choulet

Vice Dean Africa, Henley Business School

Jean-Pierre Choulet is Vice Dean Africa, Henley Business School where he is also the Director of Development and Alumni and the Executive Director of the Reading Real Estate Foundation. He has over 25 years of International experience at the executive level in Higher Education. For the past 15 years, Jean-Pierre has been delivering programmes to mentor and support entrepreneurs to lead them to investment readiness and sustainable development.

Professor Bernard Tossou Atchrimi

Université de Lomé

Professor Bernard Tossou Atchrimi is a full professor of sociology at the University of Lomé. He defended a thesis on the problem of public action in Togo in 2008 at the University of Franche-Comté in France, after a master's degree in Social Problems and Education at the University of Bordeaux. Professor Atchrimi is the Director of the Institut Afrique Europe de l'Innovation et des Métiers (IAEIM), a partner institute of Henley Business Scholl. He is an associate member of the C3S laboratory (Culture, Health, Sports and Societies) at the University of Franche-Comté in France and a member of the Sport-Health-Development (2SD) research team at the University of Lomé and scientific leader of the Master's degree in Social Practices and Public Actions. Research areas: Public policy, Innovation policies, Organizations, Entrepreneurship, Health systems, Social and solidarity economy, Sports

Professor Hermann Mawusse K. AKUE ADOTEVI

Université de Lomé

Professor Hermann Mawusse K. AKUE ADOTEVI is a Togolese philosopher and a full professor at the University of Lomé. Professor in Logic, Epistemology and Philosophy of language, his research focuses on logic, argumentation and the functions of the game in the process of creating the historical memory of the oral societies in Africa. He is the editor-in-chief of Les Cahiers du CELHTO, the journal of the Centre d’études linguistique et historique par la tradition orale (CELHTO-UA-Niamey) and a member of the Réseau Afrique Interdisciplinaire Langage, Argumentation et Cognition dans les Traditions Orales (LACTO). He is an associate member of Résurgences – Recherche et action en sciences sociales (Marseille) and a member of history of science and technology research team at the University of Lomé. Professor Akue Adotevi is the current director of the Institut des sciences de l’information, de la communication et des arts (ISICA) and a member of Scientific and pedagogical commission at the University of Lomé. Research Areas: Logic and Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, History of Science and Technology, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Communication, Philosophy of Culture and Social Innovation, American Philosophy (Pragmatism).

Dr Adeyinka Adewale

Henley Business School

Dr. Adeyinka Adewale is a management scholar, consultant and business coach. He holds a doctorate degree in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour from the Henley Business School, United Kingdom where he is also currently associate Professor and the deputy director of studies in the department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour. Adeyinka is an award-winning social innovator with 15 years of experience designing social interventions for different communities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as serving as an advisor to social entrepreneurs around the world. As an educator, he has 10 years of experience designing and delivering high impact face-to-face and virtual training programs on entrepreneurship, leadership and business ethics to multiple private and public stakeholder audiences in Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States of America. His recent works have involved actively coaching and mentoring creative and tech entrepreneurs around Africa in building sustainable businesses of the future.

Biola Alabi

Co-founder & General Partner at Atika Venture Capital

Biola Alabi is a Co-founder & General Partner at Atika Venture Capital, a women-led venture fund providing early-stage capital in Africa. She is also an award-winning executive producer, and founder of Biola Alabi Media – a pan-African media and technology advisory firm that has worked extensively with local and global companies, governments, and development agencies in the Telcom, Media, and Technology (TMT) space. An active angel investor and advisor to African technology and media companies, Biola has been involved in myriad start-ups. True to her reputation as a leader in the community, and fuelled by her passion to support up-and-coming talent, Biola is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness (G4G), a fellowship and mentorship program aimed at cultivating leadership skills in young, aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs. Connect with Biola Alabi on Twitter at @biolaa1 and Instagram at @biolaalabi

Femi Odugbemi

Renowned storyteller, filmmaker and Producer

Femi Odugbemi is a renowned storyteller, filmmaker and Producer. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the jury for the Oscar Awards. He has been a four-time Head Judge of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA), Juror of the Emmy Awards, 3 times Head Jury of the Uganda Film Festival, Juror of the Johannesburg International Film Festival South Africa, and recently appointed a Juror/Mentor of the NETFLIX/UNESCO African Folktales Reimagined project. Femi is also a former President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) and a respected voice across Africa’s creative communities. Deeply passionate about impacting the younger generation of storytellers, Femi facilitates trainings and film courses in various tertiary institutions across the world. He was the pioneer Academy Director of the Multichoice Talent Factory West Africa(2018-2022). Odugbemi is Co-founder of the iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival. The Festival has pursued with vigour its theme of “Africa in self-conversation” by championing films and stories from Africa, about Africa and by Africans. Femi has written and produced many critically acclaimed docufilms including major titles ‘OUI VOODOO’ (2005), ‘IBADAN:Cradle of Literati’ (2006) ‘METAMOPHOSIS’ (2006), ‘ORIKI’ (2008) ‘BARIGA BOY’ (2009) ‘And the Chain was Not’ (2010) ‘FAGUNWA: Literature, Language and Literalism’(2013) ‘MAKOKO:Futures Afloat’, (2016) and the recent ‘UNMASKED: Leadership, Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria’ (2021) . As Executive Producer/CEO of Zuri24 Media Lagos, Femi has brought to screen some of Nigeria’s favourite series including the longest running soap-opera in Nigeria ‘TINSEL’, the telenovella ‘BATTLEGROUND’, the crime series ‘BRETHREN’ and his more recent work on Showmax ‘MOVEMENT: JAPA.’ Femi is currently working on bringing to screen the prison memoirs of a famous literature Nobel laureate.

Barry van Zyl

Chair of the Henley Africa Alumni community

A world-renowned musician with over 30 years experience in the creative sector, from performance and production to education, strategy and business development. Having toured the world for 21 years with South Africa’s most famous export, Johnny Clegg, and while working with artists like Annie Lennox, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter Gabriel and Die Antwoord, Barry completed an MBA at Henley Business School and is now focused on executive education in the areas of personal development, entrepreneurship and innovation. Since 2018 Barry has been growing new business for Henley Business School, starting in Nigeria and then in other areas of west and east Africa, with the aim of ‘building the people, that build the businesses that build Africa’. As the Chair of Henley’s pan-African Alumni community, Barry is leveraging Henley’s network of 80,000 alumni to build the brand in new territories, develop the offer in existing markets, and create innovative new revenue streams. In addition to his Henley work, Barry embraces his passion for the marriage of the creative sector and executive leadership by designing and delivering corporate leadership programmes in creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship, and the business of resonance. His clients include major African and international companies in financial and professional services, telecoms, media, energy, and education. Despite his immense success in the creative industry, Barry’s most important job is being a role model to his teenage daughter.

Rebecca Namatovu

Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy and Innovation, Copenhagen Business School.

Rebecca Namatovu is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. Before joining Copenhagen Business School, she was a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School in Uganda. Rebecca’s research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and development studies. She researches entrepreneurship mechanisms associated with informality, poverty, inequality, post-conflict, and sustainability in Africa. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, and Academy of Management Learning & Education. She serves as an associate editor of the Africa Journal of Management.

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi

Commissioner of Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi popularly known as Dattijo is the Commissioner of Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission with over a decade of experience in development policy formulation, public finance and project implementation. Muhammad is a development economist who before joining Kaduna State Government in 2015, served as a Policy Adviser at the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York. He was a member of the Secretary General’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was first appointed into the Kaduna State Government as Commissioner Planning and Budget Commission where he served from August 2015 to January 2019. In July 2019, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State which he served diligently to October 2021 serving also as Chairman of the State Infrastructure Council, Chairman of the Urban Renewal Team and also Chairman of the Institutional Development Council. Muhammad holds an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester, a second Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and has studied Public Finance at the London School of Economics, Sustainable Development with Columbia University in New York and Advanced Project Management at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He is a UK Chevening Scholar, member of the University of Oxford Business Alumni Network, Fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Institute and most recently a fellow of the Aspen Institute Africa Leadership program- ALIWA.

Who We Are

Dunning Africa Centre

Established in 2021, the Dunning Africa Centre seeks to act as a ‘virtual hub’ to promote collaboration between research institutions, universities, and businesses to study the impact of globalisation and international business. We connect researchers outside the continent interested in engaging with Africa-based actors.

John H Dunning Centre UK

Research in the Centre straddles the fields of international business, strategic management, innovation, development, and human resource management, and balances the necessity of a deep theoretical grounding with the added value of a strong applied focus. With our network of partners, we address both management- and policy-related real-world challenges, working with firms, NGOs, and international organizations. 

The Centre was renamed in honour of the late Professor John H Dunning. Internationally-renowned members of the Centre include Professor Mark CassonProfessor Rajneesh NarulaProfessor Alain Verbeke and Prof Chris Brewster.

Henley Business School

More than just a business school – Henley offers the opportunity to live, breathe, practice and create business. Course participants don’t just learn a list of facts and a handful of theories. They develop and apply their learning to real life situations, examining issues around ethics and sustainability and building a holistic understanding of the global impact of businesses on society. We create future leaders who have strong business acumen, are driven by responsibility, and have been equipped with a wider perspective.

Henley has a rich heritage in innovation – from rebuilding Britain after the Second World War, to pioneering distance learning, to the innovative syndicate learning method and more, Henley has always provided the tools needed to face contemporary business challenges. Henley has sites across the world, with its Johannesburg campus consistently ranked as the No. 1 MBA Business School in South Africa (PMR Awards). With more than 84,000 alumni in 160 countries, we are truly global business community.

Previous Webinars in this Series

Borderless Africa:
A sceptics guide to the African Continental Free Trade Area

African Marginalisation:
Mobilising to Mainstream the African Continent

Revolutionising anglophone Africa:
Unique francophone insights into African business

The untapped potential of Africa's creative industries

How will the African Continental Free Trade Area affect investment flows to Africa?

What are the challenges and opportunities to achieving universal healthcare in Africa?

Is Africa on the brink of a global recession?

Are Africa’s entrepreneurs stifled by remaining in the informal sector?