Strathmore Business School in conjunction with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) hosted the GBSN 13th Annual Conference with the aim of transforming the traditional sector by educating entrepreneurial leaders to drive systemic change.
The conference, which brought together global business schools delegates, was centered on four key enablers of entrepreneurial leadership: Technology & Big Data; Responsible Leadership; Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration; and Teaching the Tools of Innovation.
Speaking during the conference, Dr. Edward Mungai, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Planning and Development reiterated the university’s role in nurturing entrepreneurship. “We have incorporated significant elements of entrepreneurship on all the courses taught. We believe that some sense of entrepreneurship is necessary to meet our continents challenges whether one will choose to be an employer or employee at the end of their education” Dr. Mungai noted.
In addition to this, he emphasized that the university has employed case study approach in many of its courses. Thus, we present students and participants with real life cases of challenges that societies face and together seek solutions which in most cases require innovative approaches and collaboration between participants.
Dr. George N. Njenga Executive Dean, Strathmore University Business School in his welcoming speech affirmed that Strathmore is privileged to have been selected as a co-host to this very important conference and it marks an exciting time for our Business School as well as the continent at large during this epoch of Africa’s renaissance. Africa has been termed as the last frontier, rising star. But for you to invest in her, you must know her.
The conference covered a wide range of topics including: Integrating innovation into the Mining and Oil industry through partnerships between industry and academia, accelerating innovation ecosystems in challenging environments, entrepreneurship training using technology as a cost-effective way to offer personalized consulting, innovative training in Hospitality and Tourism and responsible leadership in transforming healthcare systems.
Millennials have embraced technology as it empowers and gives them immense opportunities. At the work place technology cannot be avoided, the desire for increased productivity drives upgrades to technology within an organization, which can significantly influence company operations. Manufacturing GDP is expected to increase contribution to GDP from the current 9.2% to 20% by the year 2022. A major part of manufacturing for Kenya is Agriculture – from actual farming to value-addition of product. The current level 9.2% of GDP is extremely low considering that 75% of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture and is perhaps indicative of the need for innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to significantly enhance productivity.
The GBSN conference featured global experts and regional innovators from developed, emerging and frontier markets, who are driving change in sectors that are critical to development of countries around the globe but too often entrenched in outdated ideologies and practices.
Some of the Key note speakers were: Manu Chandaria- Chairman Comcraft Group Nairobi, United States International University Africa Kenya, Nicholas Nesbitt – GM IBM East Africa, Amadou Diallo – CEO, Middle East and Africa, DHL Global Forwarding, , Tim Mescon- Executive Vice President and Chief Officer, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa AACSB International The Netherlands, Dr. Patricia Murugami – Regional Academic Director, Women in Leadership Programmes, SBS, Caren Wakoli- Founder & Executive Director Emerging Leaders Foundation Africa Kenya and Fabienne Jolivert- Executive Director Global Business School Network USA.