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High-level African government officials confirmed as keynote speakers at Cambridge Judge Business School’s inaugural Business in Africa conference


HE Obasanjo and Dr Guy ScottThe Cambridge Africa Business Network (CABN) at Cambridge Judge Business School is pleased to confirm that His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, and His Honour, Dr Guy Scott, Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, will be giving keynote addresses at the inaugural Business in Africa conference on 28 April 2012.

It is expected that Dr Scott and Mr Obasanjo will advocate for increased investment flows into the continent. Both leaders are avid supporters of agricultural investment and Mr Obasanjo will expand on his new advisory firm, New World Capital, that will target both institutional and high-net-worth investors to persuade them of what Mr Obasanjo – a senior advisor to the firm – believes to be a defining moment in Africa’s growth story.

One of CABN’s co-founders, Namukale Chintu, commented:

We are very pleased to have Africa’s political leadership grace our conference, as this demonstrates the increased commitment that African leaders have towards promoting economic growth and development on the continent.”

The conference will also feature a formal dinner themed as a ‘master class in leadership’, led by 2012 Cambridge Pilkington Teaching Prize recipient and Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA programme, Dr Simon Learmount. The class will be conducted as a facilitated discussion on aspects of leadership that are deemed most important in business management.

Another co-founder of CABN, Mobolaji Adewumi, adds:

The theme of our conference,Unlocking Value in Frontier Africa, is timely. We are excited about the interest that the conference has spurred, with delegates and speakers travelling in from Africa and Europe in addition to the UK – this indicates a growing need to share knowledge, challenge perceptions and promote linkages in entrepreneurship, business growth and economic performance on the continent.”

The Cambridge Africa Business Network is an alumni and student-led organisation with a mission to stimulate a robust dialogue about business, investment and entrepreneurship in Africa, incorporating both practitioner and research perspectives.