First of its kind in East Africa, Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) conference under the umbrella theme “Managing Africa’s Future: Prospects and Challenges” has been at the fore front in bridging the widening gap between scholarly works in management with industry related competencies. Built from the affirmation that Africa’s rising can only materialize in sound knowledge of its opportunities and challenges, the conference has attracted over 150 delegates from 16 African nationalities, with a pool of other delegates from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Europe and Asia.
The inaugural ceremony, a colorful spectacle was graced by members of the academia, policy makers, as well as industry players.
Bob Collymore, the Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom gave the keynote speech; addressing pertinent concerns in driving a thriving telecommunications business in Africa. His address emphasized on the crucial need of developing workable priorities based on ethical behavior, as business and the community are interlinked and hence ethical practices have enormous repercussions to the society. “Corruption undermines fair competition, distorts development priorities and impedes long-term foreign and domestic investment,” he remarked. He further added that we need to start working together to craft solutions that reflect this knowledge and that will benefit the companies, communities and environments in which we operate.
Dr. George Njenga, Dean – Strathmore Business School, focused on the need for research to be at the heart of every academic institution, as it helps bridge the gap of the unknown as well as enhance innovation. He noted that the conference is a great platform to deliberate on strategies to build and strengthen research, capacity and education management in our respective institutions.