Oxford Business Forum Africa 2017

  • 13th March 2017
  • by secretary
10-11 March 2017. Oxford, UK. The theme of this year’s forum was centred on the African proverb ‘Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter’, which debated and discussed that not until Africa takes control of its own design will it ever break through and reignite growth for the next phase of its progress.

Hosted jointly by Saïd Business School and the Oxford Business Network for Africa, the Oxford Business Forum Africa 2017 brought together distinguished leaders from top companies, innovative start-ups, government, and civil society from across Africa with thought leaders, students, and alumni from Oxford University to

discuss business in Africa.

Speakers included:

  • Elsie Kanza, Head of the Africa World Economic Forum
  • Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa
  • James Mwangi, Executive Director of Dalberg Group
  • Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank
  • Khanyi Dhlomo, MD Ndalo Media
  • Amina Mohammed, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs
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.

“Maize bears fruits once and dies because it is not rooted into the ground” – African ProverbGeneration Kenya, a McKinsey Social Initiative, explored the impact of youth unemployment. In this session Generation Kenya shared insights from the work they are doing to tackle one of Africa’s most pressing challenges, youth unemployment.