Welcome to the inaugural Africa MBA Indaba

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Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa MBA Indaba – The Business School Alumni Conference

We invite all business school alumni (MBA, Executive MBA, Phd, AMP, EDP, etc.) to join us on 1ST  & 2ND  August 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre for the Africa MBA Indaba.

The mission of the Africa MBA Indaba is to bring together alumni from prestigious business schools that are making a big impact across Africa.  Whether you are a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, or driving change through a social enterprise, you will be among a select group of very successful fellow business school alumni.

We are convinced that if the best business school alumni gather together, new businesses will be formed, corporate partnerships established, and investments made that will lead to success for all that attend the conference.

We are pleased to confirm participation from many of the world’s best business schools and speakers from Harvard, INSEAD, Gordon Institute of Business, Stellenbosch, Oxford, Wharton, WITS, Columbia, Rhodes, Kellogg, Monash, Stanford, African Leadership University, MANCOSA, Milpark among others.

At the MBA Indaba you will meet new clients for your company, potential investors and enhance your career through professional development seminars and panels.  There will also be a Career Fair for those looking for new opportunities and a Business School Expo for individuals planning to attend business school.

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For those who are not familiar with the term ‘indaba’, it is a Zulu word used to describe an important meeting or gathering of minds to discuss important matters. There are a number of indabas that take place annually across Southern Africa, and as a widespread term, we thought it only fitting that our Africa MBA conference should carry an indigenous name too.

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1 August 2016

Learn how to assess the market, build a team, raise capital, and get your first customer.  Entrepreneurs share their often lonely stories of what it takes to be successful.
Learn how to avoid costly mistakes investors make post investment. Our expert panelist will share best practices in strategy, effective governance, building a management team, and follow on investment structures.
Building sustainable infrastructure requires deep experience and expertise.  Hear from companies and investors that do it best, and learn how to make your next project more successful.
How are the most successful companies recruiting, training and retaining middle management talent. Learn innovative approaches to creating high performance teams from top H.R. executives.
Behind the scene look at one of Africa’s fastest growing sectors.
How technology is changing the way we work, live and play in Africa.
Learn how SMEs with limited collateral successfully raise capital from banks, private equity investors, and government-backed financial institutions without giving up control.
Learn how the current economic environment is affecting deal structures, valuations, capital raising, and the sectors and countries most attractive to PE investors.
The millennial generation will drive Africa’s consumer opportunity.  Learn how to reach the hearts and minds of this new consumer market.

2 August 2016

Private developers and investors discuss how they structure, finance, and build power infrastructure in Africa
Entrepreneurs are bringing innovation to the education sector and investors are starting to follow.  Learn how these entrepreneurs are teaming with investors to increase quality, affordability and scale across the education landscape.
Hear stories from successful women who have navigated the business world and are breaking down barriers for the next generation of women.
Hear from top investment bankers on where to find the most attractive deals and get their inside tips on how to get them done.
Our panel of China experts will discuss the sectors most attractive to Chinese investors, how to structure sustainable win-win partnerships, and developing trends to your eyes on.
To succeed in the future, telecoms companies will need to be more nimble to compete against tech savvy start up’s such as Skype and WhatsApp.
Hear how local companies should consider partnering with international firms to accelerate enterprise development, and how to access government programmes for training and funding.
Learn how accelerators can fast track your business by providing funding, mentoring, and access to strategic partners.
Inside tips from investors on raising money for your startup venture, what VCs look for in entrepreneurs, and how best to present your company in the first meeting.
Redefining social responsibility in the African context.  Meet social entrepreneurs that are applying business principals to change our society.

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