Africa MBA Indaba

Welcome to the 2nd Africa MBA Indaba.

Africa MBA Indaba – The Business School Alumni Conference.

About us

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.

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. The career fair will have over 20 companies exhibiting and interacting with delegates. This year’s confirmed business schools include Harvard, Oxford Said, Stellenbosch, HEC (Paris), Henley, Hong Kong Univ., GIBS, Duke Fuqua, Nanyang (Singapore), Columbia, Yale, I.E. Spain, Georgetown, Milpark, Mancosa, SOAS Univ. of London, Edinburgh, U. of Free State, North West Univ., Nelson Mandela U. and the African Leadership University. The Graduate Management Admissions Council, the administrators of the GMAT exam, will also be in attendance.

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Great Opportunity

The Business School Expo will provide a great opportunity to meet business school representatives and alumni from top schools from around the world. If you are interested in pursuing an MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, Advanced Management Program, Executive Development Program, etc., you will find all your answers here. .
You will have two days (14th & 15th July) to get tips and insights on the admissions process, financial assistance, the GMAT, study visas, and hear about the many lucrative and rewarding career opportunities that await you.

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International & Local Business

Last year we had over 20 international and local business schools including Univ. of Cape Town, Wharton, Harvard, Columbia, Duke, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Insead, I.E., etc. participate in the Business School Admissions Expo.
More than 400 aspiring MBAs were on hand to meet with business school representatives and to take part in panel discussions on the admissions process (essays, recommendations, etc.), the GMAT, financial assistance, post-MBA career options, etc.

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Reunite your Alumni

The Africa MBA Indaba is also a great event to reunite your alumni based in Africa and for them to spread the word on the merits of an ALU MBA. We had 100+ corporate speakers representing most of the top business schools from around the world.

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Africa MBA Indaba – Conference for MBAs

We invite you to the 2nd annual Africa MBA Indaba the conference for MBAs in Africa. Last year we hosted over 500 delegates and 100 senior level speakers. We expect an even bigger turnout in 2017.

Join us and take part in:
meet representatives from multinational and African companies looking to hire highly qualified talent to their teams. Please join us for two days of networking with Africa’s largest employers.
We will have venture capitalist on hand to meet with entrepreneurs looking to turbo charge their businesses. Come prepared with your elevator pitch and meet investors looking to back hungry entrepreneurs.
With over 500 MBAs from prestigious business schools, you will be sure to meet many new potential employers, investors and business partners. With over 500 MBA graduates from prestigious business schools, and over 100 senior level corporate executives, investors and entrepreneurs, you will be sure to meet many new potential employers, venture capitalist and business partners.
The Business School Expo will provide a great opportunity to meet business school representatives and alumni from top schools from around the world. If you are interested in pursuing an MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, Advanced Management Program, Executive Development Program, etc., you will find all your answers here. You will have two days to get tips and insights on the admissions process, financial assistance, the GMAT, study visas, and hear about the many lucrative and rewarding career opportunities that await you. Last year we had over 20 top business schools attend and are expecting more this year.
meet and hear from leading executives and entrepreneurs in Africa that can provide insights to advance your career.
Please check back with us for speaker details. Please feel free to check out our impressive line-up of speakers at out 2016 MBA Indaba.

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14 July 2017

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Women Shaping the Future ( Room 1)
    Getting Funded ( Room 2)
    Exercising Leadership in the Workplace - Sponsored by Wits Business School ( Room 3)
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Infrastructure Development - Sponsored by G.E. ( Room 1)
    Reimagining Digital Business - Sponsored by Accenture ( Room 2)
    Disrupting Organisational Education - Sponsored by Henley Business School Room 3)
    Monitising YouTube - Sponsored by YouTube ( Expo Room )
  • 11:00AM-12:00AM

    BEE & Transformation ( Room 1)
    New Technologies in Mining - Sponsored by Omnia ( Room 2)
    Using Creativity and Innovation to Develop a Competitive Edge - Sponsored by Henley Business School ( Room 3)
    Commercial Real Estate - Sponsored by Wits Business School ( Expo Room )
  • 12:00AM-1:00PM

    Talent in Africa - Learning & Development ( Room 3)
    MBA Admissions Process ( Room 2)
    Why Get an MBA ( Expo Room )
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Considerations in Selecting a Business School ( Expo Room )
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Entrepreneurship MasterClass - Sponsored by IE Spain ( Room 1)
    Technology Innovations - Sponsored by Vodacom ( Room 2)
    New World of Work & Leadership Skills Required to Succeed - Sponsored by Duke ( Room 3)
    Billionaires Under Construction - Sponsored by Leadership2020 ( Expo Room )
  • 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    African Consumer Market ( Room 1)
    Talent in Africa - Diversity Recruiting ( Room 2)
    Develop Your Person Brand Intelligence ( Expo Room )
  • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Winning at Entrepreneurship ( Room 1)
    Corporate & Business School Speed Dating ( Expo Room )

15 July 2017

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

    Investor Speed Dating ( Expo Room )
  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Future of Gaming ( Expo Room )
  • 11:00AM-12:00AM

    GMAT MasterClass - Sponsored by GMAC ( Expo Room )
  • 12:00AM-1:00PM

    Social Entrepreneurs in Action ( Expo Room )


Meet our most valued speakers

John Phillips

Principal: Credit and Risk Interlock
Barclays Africa Business Banking

John Phillips is a seasoned career lending banker. Performed various executive credit risk roles....

Peter Bryant

Professor of Entrepreneurship
IE Business School

He began his academic career in Sydney 2007, after earning his Ph.D. in Management ....

Phillipine Mtikitiki

Head, Commercial Planning Shopper
Coca Cola

Phillipine Mtikitiki is the Regional Franchise Manager - Angola and Botswana, Lesotho....

Dr Richard Alexander

Marketing & Business Development
SOAS University of London Online

Dr. Richard Alexander is Lecturer in Financial Law in the School of Finance and Management....

Tiffany Gooden

Director of Inclusion
Yale School of Management

Tiffany Gooden is the Director of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of Management. 

Charlene Githu

Senior Product Manager
Maybelline New York

I am a personable, highly motivated individual with advanced knowledge in general management disciplines.

Sbusiso Leope

Chairman Of Leadership Board 2020
Leadership 2020 Seminars

Sbusiso is the executive chairman of Leadership 2020, a future leader  company that inspires....

Edward Stokes

Managing Director
Intrepid HR

Edward is the founder and Managing Director of Intrepid HR

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen

Milpark Business School

Cobus is the Dean of Milpark Business School, situated in Melville, Johannesburg.

Jonathan Foster

Dean and Director
Henley Business School Africa

Jonathan Foster-Pedley is the dean and director of Henley Business School, South Africa....

Charles Henderson

Managing Director
Henderson Harper

Mr. Henderson is a management and leadership development consultant with over 20 years experience in Africa.  

Poppy Matshaya

Director for Southern Africa
IE Business School

Poppy holds a B.Com (economics) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University ....

Michael Robinson

Director, MBA Admissions
Columbia Business School

Michael Robinson is Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia Business where he is responsible

Dr. Ronald Sibert

Director, Africa Market

Formerly a University of Delaware MBA Program director, Dr. Sibert led Full-time, Part-time and Executive

Dr Adri Drotskie

MBA Director
Henley Business School

Adri is the MBA Director of Henley Business School South Africa since 1 February 2015.

Puleng Makhoalibe

Head of the School of ICE
Henley Business School

Puleng Makhoalibe is dynamic. As Head of the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Division....

William Jimerson

Group CEO

William Jimerson Will has over 20 years of investment experience, with transaction .

Angela Williams

Director of MBA Career Services
Georgetown University

Angela Williams serves as the Associate Director of MBA Career Services in Georgetown’s....

Dr Maureen Tong

Coach Companion SA

Dr Maureen Tong is an international lawyer, a published author; an academic and ....

Timothy Webster

Author: Brain & Brand Science
Timothy Maurice & Associates

Timothy Maurice Webster is the author of four brand leadership books and columnist ....

Prof Samuel Azasu

Professor of Real Estate
Wits University

Samuel Azasu is an Associate Professor of Real Estate and an Educational Developer ....

Robin Miller

Partner & Global ICT Practice Leader
Dalberg Global Development Advisors

ROBIN MILLER, PARTNER Robin is a Partner in Dalberg's Johannesburg office. ....

Manusha Parshotum

Senior Manager Admissions

Current position at GIBS is Senior Manager for Admissions, Marketing and Alumni Manager ....

Roti Balogun

Regional Learning Leader

Roti is the Regional Learning Leader for Africaand chief learning responsible ....

Ricardo Gressel

Brand Engagement Consultant
Warrior Ric

The WarriorRic brand was developed to inspire, motivate and transform people ....

Ettienne Mostert

Business Development Manager
UCT Graduate School

Ettienne Mostert is a Business Development Manager at the University of Cape Town’s ....

Faith Khanyile

WDB Investment Holdings

Faith Khanyile is the CEO and founding member of WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH), a strategic ....

Hans Zachar

Managing Director
Accenture Technology Strategy

Hans’s focus is on bridging the gap between business and technology and more recently ....

Carel Nolte

Chief Senor

Carel is passionate about failure, proving that 1+1 = (at least) 22, helping to empower people ....

Riaan Singh

Head of Digital Strategy
MMI Holdings Limited

Experienced Financial Services professional with a strong background in Management Consulting, ....

Matt Brown

CEO Digital Kungfu

Matt Brown is an entrepreneur, speaker and the host of the Matt Brown Show ....

Avinesh Pillay

Senior Industry Manager
Google South Africa

Avinesh is a Senior Industry Manager at Google leading the Technology, Telecommunications, ....

Arielle Pieterse

YouTuber and Game Reviewer

Arielle "Constantine104" Pieterse, is a walking, talking, breathing contradiction to the age ....

Vuyelwa Mahanyele

Snr. Business Development Manager
G.E. Power

In her position as Business Development Director for GE’s Steam Power business in....

Savannah Maziya

Bunengi Group

Savannah Maziya was educated in the USA and the U.K. where she also obtained ....

Darryl Wright

Director, Advisory
Duke Corporate Education

Tammy Brophy

MBA Recruitment Manager
University of Oxford

Having completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management at the University....

Ajith Sebastian

Corporate Coverage Regional Office

Ajith grew up in Mthatha, a large town in the heart of the Eastern Cape. He studied Mechanical .....

Nicholas Kuhne

Group Managing Director

Nicholas is the founder and owner of brand consultancy Wunderbrand. Having spent the .....

Nomalanga Dube

Head of Consumer Insights

Nomalanga Dube is the Head of Consumer Insights for Nestle ZAR. She joined Nestle in ....

Stefano Niavas

Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Stefano Niavas is a Partner in the Johannesburg office of The Boston Consulting Group. ....

Nicholas Mitsos

Head of Global Development
Investment Corporation

COIDIC, with $500 million of initial capitalization, is the world’s largest fund for early stage .....

Jannie van Zyl

Executive Head: Innovation

Jannie van Zyl is an Electronics Engineer and an ICT veteran with over 25 years.....

Fungayi Kapungu

Operations Executive
Circle Food Group

Fungayi T. Kapungu was born and raised in the USA but his family hails from Zimbabwe. ....

Carice Anderson

Personal Branding Facilitator
Branding & Marketing YOU

Carice is a seasoned professional who is passionate about entrepreneurship, empowering people....

Rahul Agrawal

Associate Director-M&A
Ernst & Young

Seasoned Emerging Markets PE and M&A specialist - with a Strong Track Record of 13 Closed.....

Natasha Gore

Assistant Director in Admissions
Duke University

Natasha Gore is the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives in Admissions at Duke University’s.....

Sibongiseni Mbatha

Senior Business Support Manager

Sibongiseni Mbatha is a Senior Business Support Manager at the Industrial Development.....

Okeletsang Mookeletsi

Manager Legal counsel
SAS South Africa

Ms. Okeletsang Mookeletsi obtained a LLB degree from University of the Witwatersrand ....

Zipho Sikhakhane

Entrepreneur & Business Strategist
Stanford University

Zipho Sikhakhane is a speaker, writer, strategist, and investor. She has presented to.....

Kay Vittee


A superb business leader, who inspires organisations to live the essence of superior .....

Mamokete Konopi


8 years’ experience in operational improvement and line management in the steelmaking .....

Jonathan Berman

Managing Director

Jonathan is a managing director of Fieldstone Africa. He has nearly 30 years experience in....

Sean Walker

Managing Director
Royal Hairstyles Academy & Salon

Sean Walker is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Royal Hairstyles Training Academy .....

Nico Haupt

General Manager

Nico Haupt is the General Manager: Technical looking after Omnia Groups Projects team......

Refiloe Kekana

Head of Optimization

Refiloe Kekana holds a BSc Mining Engineering degree from Wits University and is in the process.....

Quinton Zunga

Founding partner and CEO
RH Managers

Quinton Zunga is founder and current CEO of RH Managers. Prior or this he was co-founder....

Merafe Moloto

Moloto Capital Investments

Born and raised in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, Merafe is a dynamic young entrepreneur .....

RJ Spaandonk

Mobile in Africa

Since co-founding the Mitchell Madison Group office in Johannesburg, RJ has been working......

Tapiwa Shamu

Principle: Corporate Finance

Tapiwa has 16 years of investment banking experience including listings, mergers and acquisitions.....

Eldene Govender

Investment Principal
iMbewu Fund

Eldene Govender is the Investment Principal of the iMbewu Fund, a fund which focusses....


  • African Consumer Market

    Consumer spending may have slowed but there is no stopping the growing middle class in Africa. Gain insights on which market segments are most attractive and how to develop, distribute and market your product for profit.
  • Art of the Deal

    Learn how investment banks and private equity firms source and structure deals. The deal landscape has become more challenging over the past few years, yet savvy deal makers continue to prosper.
  • Technology Innovations

    Do not let your business or career fall behind by not understanding the latest technology trends hitting Africa. Our panelist will explain the hot products and services that will either disrupt your business or make it far more profitable.
  • Get Funded – How to Raise Capital

    Great entrepreneurs need capital to fuel their innovations and business models. This panel will explore how investors evaluate and structure deals for SMEs.
  • BEE & Transformation

    Learn how BEE companies can successfully partner with international firms and investors to create sustainable and highly profitable companies.
  • Talent in Africa – Recruiting & Managing Diverse Talent 

    How to find the best talent for your company or business school.   Panelists will provide their insights on how to identify high potential African talent and understand the culturally relevant leadership skills required to succeed in an African context.
  • Women Trailblazers

    Hear how game changing women navigated their careers to achieve success as executives and entrepreneurs. Learn tips and secrets to accelerate your career.
  • Winning as an Entrepreneur

    Gain insights from successful entrepreneurs on how they find new ideas, raise capital, and manage for high growth.
  • Data is the New Oil

    Big Data is transforming how companies interact and communicate with their customers. Learn how big data will affect your career the latest marketing techniques from experts in the space.
  • Infrastructure Development

    Learn how infrastructure is being built and financed across Africa and how SMEs can play a vital role in the supply chain.

Master Classes

  • Disrupting Organisational Education – Sponsored by Henley Business School
  • Leveraging Your Brand on YouTube – Sponsored by YouTube
  • Exercising Power & Influence in the Workplace – Sponsored by Wits Business School
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders – Charles Henderson, Harvard MBA
  • Using Creativity and Innovation to Develop a Competitive Edge – Sponsored by Henley Business School
  • How to Develop Your Personal Brand Quotient – Tim Maurice Webster
  • How to Prepare for the GMAT – Sponsored by GMAC
  • Billionaires Under Construction by DJ Sbu – Sponsored by Leadership2020


Become A Sponsor

We invite you to become a sponsor of the Africa MBA Indaba & Career Fair.

  • Meet highly qualified MBA graduates for your talent pipeline.
  • Position your brand in front of young MBA executives.
  • Support business and leadership education in South Africa.

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