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 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.
Dr. Francis Mangeni has worked and consulted extensively on the multilateral trade
system and African economic integration. He has been Senior Fellow with the Nelson
Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, Head of
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; the Senior Economist at the Permanent Delegation of the African Union to
the United Nations and other International Organization based at Geneva,
Switzerland; and was the Regional Trade Policy Advisor at the Commission of the
African Union. He has been consultant for various international and regional
organisations, such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Labour
Organisation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the South Centre, the East African
Community, the Southern Africa Development Community, and the Common Market
for Eastern and Southern Africa.
His key publication is: Francis Mangeni and Calestous Juma, 2018, Emergent Africa – Evolution of Regional Economic Integration, Headline Books. This publication was a Runner Up at the London Book Festival in the Best Business Book Category in 2019, freely available at https://issuu.com/headlinebooksinc/docs/emergent_africa and on Amazon;
I am currently Chief, Regional Integration and the AfCFTA Cluster, with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based at their Kigali office. I have a Masters in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. From 1997-2004 I was a university lecturer based in Madrid, working as the Co-Director of a Masters Programme on Development, and Vice-General Secretary of the International University of Menendez Pelayo. I have previously worked for the UN Secretariat in Chile and in Addis Ababa, and also for UNICEF in Costa Rica. I 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 I was editor of the European Journal of Development Research. Author of ‘EU Development Policy in a Changing World – Challenges for the 21st Century’ (Amsterdam/Chicago University Press), and ‘Policy Ownership and Aid Conditionality in the Light of the Financial Crisis – A Critical Review’ (OECD, Paris), I have published in a wide number of journals, including the Journal of International Development, the CEPAL Review, the African Development Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Agricultural Economics.