May 13, 2024

The Global CEO Africa Programme: A Journey of Strategic Leadership

Michael Nyabaige

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Last week, we kicked off the Global CEO-Africa Programme, Class of 2024. This year’s cohort consists of a diverse group of business leaders from Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon, representing a spectrum of industries including financial services, automobile, manufacturing, logistics, real estate, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), and technology.

This inaugural module of the Programme set the tone for an enriching journey, focusing on understanding the intricate business landscape of Africa. Facilitated by Allen Sophia Asiimwe, Chief of Programmes at Trade Mark Africa, day one of the Programme centered on trading dynamics in Eastern and Southern Africa, providing participants with valuable insights into regional markets and economic trends.

Preceding this engaging session on ethical transformational leadership, led by Dr. Caesar Mwangi, Executive Dean, Strathmore Business School. The session delved into the practices of exemplary leadership and the cultivation of transformational leaders, laying a solid foundation for the program’s overarching objectives.

As the programme progressed into its second day, attention turned to the intricacies of Doing Business in East Africa. Discussions revolved around leadership amidst microeconomic and political challenges, the imperative of transnational expansion, and the critical role of government policies in fostering business growth. A heartfelt appreciation goes to our esteemed speakers, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director at Isuzu East Africa Limited; Wandia Gichuru, Co-founder and CEO of Vivo Fashion Group; and Edwin Mucai, Chief Risk Officer at Stanbic Holdings PLC, for graciously sharing their invaluable insights and experiences.

The subsequent days saw the participants delve into the art of building enduring brands and navigating regional dynamics during turbulent times. Jane Karuku, Group MD & CEO of East African Breweries PLC (EABL), led this enlightening session, offering firsthand perspectives on EABL’s resilience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the invaluable lessons derived from adversity.

The Programme culminated in an inspirational visit to Food for Education, a Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to ending children’s hunger in Kenya.

The Global CEO-Africa Programme, developed in collaboration with Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, and Yale School of Management, is meticulously crafted to enhance strategic vision and equip CEOs with the tools needed to navigate disruptive trends in today’s dynamic business environment. Further, this Programme aspires to do more than impart knowledge; it aims to foster a community of visionary leaders who, through their transformations, collectively contribute to shaping the future of African leadership.

Learn more about the Global CEO Programme here

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