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Talent for Africa: The Business of Sustainable Development

Africa accounts for 17% of the world’s population yet emits less than 5% of the world’s carbon emissions. Africa boasts a massive talent population, but also demonstrates the highest rate of education exclusion. It is a continent rich in resources, talent potential, and innovation, but lacks the necessary tools to expand its portfolio in sustainable ways.  Session four investigates the various components of sustainable development, from female participation in the workforce to healthcare resources to relevant education, and what the continent is doing to address some of these broader goals.  Africa is leading the way in the business of UN Sustainable Development Goal relevancy, but what is holding its people back from success?  This session will explore relevant struggles in the integration of the SDG initiatives, as well as provide an engaging discussion of what can be done going forward to achieve these broader goals.


Wednesday, 3 March 2021


This virtual forum is free of charge, complimentary of GBSN and Ecobank Academy.


Rob Vember
Senior Advisor: Communications and Membership

Rob Vember is a multi-award winning broadcaster who has worked for some of South Africa’s most iconic media brands across radio and television. Following a semester studying International Business at The George Washington University in D.C., he joined the Global Business School Network as Senior Advisor for Communications and Membership. 

Rob holds a degree in Journalism & Media Studies, and Politics from Rhodes University in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. 

Rob serves as Patron of The Chaeli Campaign – a non-profit mobilising the minds and bodies of children with disabilities, and normalising society through advocacy and education. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation, a Washington D.C. based NGO focussed on providing management and leadership training to African wildlife conservancy communities.