Convened by the Global Business School Network and its first corporate member, Ecobank Academy, this virtual forum was born out of the belief that no sector—business, government, education, or non-profit—can make meaningful progress alone, especially in a such an incredibly diverse, complex, and dynamic environment as Africa. Indeed, we view collaboration between the sectors as absolutely necessary to achieve the future that Africa wants. The space between the sectors holds the greatest potential for innovative solutions. This unique, virtual forum will highlight the monumental importance of leadership, management, and entrepreneurship across sectors and across the continent. The forum aims to explore the challenges of building education and development capacity and aligning it with the needs of a rapidly changing continent. The conversations are designed to review new opportunities for innovation and collaboration—especially across business and business schools—to overcome these challenges.
While the forum is focused on building the capabilities of Africans for Africa, it is intentionally global in three ways.
Africa invites the world—especially its business schools and company-based learning and development professionals—to participate meaningfully in its development.
Africa plays a pivotal role in the future of global society and the planet – it must assert its rightful place in the world.
Africa is an inspiration and catalyst for innovation and change around the world. The rest of the world can learn from what Africa does.
While specific topics vary across the webinars in the series, there are several underlying themes. First is the importance of Pan-African solidarity and solutions. Economic integration and international cooperation are essential, especially as it relates to the mobility of workers, learners, and ideas. Second, is the central role of technology. It is the primary driver of change and its biggest enabler, specifically in the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It also raises important questions about inclusion and sustainability that must be addressed. Third, markets alone cannot achieve the vision for Africa—market failures can and do exist and government involvement and support are necessary.
This exciting and paramount series consists of five sessions. The first explores the changing global landscape for talent and the special challenges that Africa faces when it comes to developing leadership, management, and entrepreneurship talent. In each of the three sessions that follow, we will address (a) transformative innovation and entrepreneurship; (b) digital transformation and labor market changes; and (c) the business of sustainability. The fifth and final session returns to the world to consider Africa’s future a global power. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday 19 January – 31 March, 2021
This virtual forum is presented by GBSN and Ecobank Academy. Please register for each session individually by navigating to the session page and completing the registration form.
Session 1: Africa’s Talent Challenges in a Changing World I Tuesday, 19 January, 2021
Session 2: Transformative Innovation and Entrepreneurship I Wednesday, 3 February, 2021
Session 3: The Future Workforce – Learning and Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution I Wednesday, 17 February, 2021
Session 4: The Business of Sustainable Development I Wednesday, 3 March, 2021
Session 5: Powering Digital Transformation I Wednesday, 17 March, 2021
About Ecobank Academy
Ecobank Academy is one of the largest capability development centres in Africa focused on Banking, Digital Financial Services and Leadership Development. As a corporate university, Ecobank Academy provides training programmes reaching over 16,000 front-line, middle to senior managers across 36 countries. Founded in 2012 and operational in 2014, Ecobank Academy is the first pan-African corporate university and is the epicentre of Ecobank culture. Since becoming operational, Ecobank Academy has become a hub for Ecobank’s leaders from across the world to convene and receive world-class management development.
Visit academy.ecobank.com for more information