When thinking about the 4th Industrial Revolution, the first thing that comes to mind is the reinvention of work. And it is obvious that business schools in Africa play a leading role in the new changing world. The 2019 AABS Connect Annual Conference took place this year in University of Stellenbosch Business School on June 7-9, and focus on how business schools and industry can join hands to provide leadership to add economic and social value in African and global societies.
The annual conference aimed to answer multidimensional questions such as :
- What are the implications of this agenda for business schools in Africa?
- What are the implications for industry on the continent and the world?
- What are the key points of challenge and which opportunities could be created?
- What should be the focus of our debates in the years to come?
The AABS Connect Conference has provide participants a space to connect with fellow business schools practitioners, business leaders, public officials, thought leaders and business school’s alumni.
Dr. Ali Elquammah, The Chairman of Association of African Business School (AABS) and Director of International Relations & Deputy Director of Academic affairs at HEM,took part of the Deans and Directors panel discussion about “The role of business schools in shaping the leaders for 4IR”
The keynote has been moderated by Prof Nicola Kleyn, Dean, GIBS, South Africa along with prominent speakers, Deans of prestigious African Business Schools :
- Mr. Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean, Henley Business School, South Africa
- Dr. Ulingeta Mbamba, Dean, University of Dar-es-Salaam Business School, Tanzania
- Dr. Florence Memba, Dean, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
- Dr. Paul Sang, Dean, Kenyatta University, Kenya
- And Ms Yasmine Sarr, Director, Sup de Co, Senegal