OBFA 2018 – (Re)Defining the Africa Consumer

The continent is set to have 1.1 billion consumers by 2020 according to a recent survey, which is more than the populations of Europe and North America combined. With incomes continuing to rise, and the emergence of the African middle-class, the African consumer is proving to be a key conduit for enabling this growth on the continent. Despite all of these affirmative indicators, there is an emerging narrative that the African growth story is overstated and that the consumer opportunity is fragmented. The argument continues to advocate that most African economies are still overly reliant on natural resources for growth, are inhibited by lack of inter-continental trade, and lack the infrastructure to service the domestic demand from consumers. The Oxford Business Forum Africa 2018 brought together industry leaders from the continent, to deconstruct these opposing perspectives, analyse the size of the prize of these emerging trends, and deliver actionable insights to seize the opportunity, and in so doing, (Re)define the African consumer

Speakers included: 

Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Chair, Mara Group Holdings 

Raziia Khan, Chief Economist for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank 

Yvonne Ike, MD and Head of Sub Saharan Africa at Bank of America MerrillLynch 

Lynette Ntuli, CEO, Innate Investment Solutions

Mohamed Amersi, Founder & CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures

Watch the videos from the OBFA 2018 HERE

OBFA 2017 – Proverbial Africa – Until the lion learns to write all the stories will glorify the hunter

In order to understand Africa, you need to understand her stories. There are established norms, customs, wisdoms and values that play a critical role in traditional business practices. It is has been said that when strategy and culture collide, culture always wins. Proverbs are an integral part of African culture and represent the essence of Africa’s people. The Proverbial Africa theme served as a platform to explore the traditional wisdom of Africa in an attempt to understand her culture, which in many ways defines ways of doing business.

Keynote speakers included: 

Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation 

Amb. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Khanyi Dhlomo, MD, Ndalo Media 

Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa 

Yvonne Ike, MD and Head of Sub Saharan Africa at Bank of America MerrillLynch 

James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group 

Adewale Tinubu, CEO, Oando 

Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital 

Watch the videos from the OBFA 2017 HERE

OBFA 2016 Unreasonable Africa - Bold visions, decisions, and successes; exploring the reality of business in Africa

The 2016 Oxford Business Forum Africa explored the reality of business in Africa with the aim of increasing awareness of the opportunities on the continent, creating meaningful connections, and generating actionable insights.  The theme of the year’s Forum is ‘Unreasonable Africa’ which focused on celebrating and understanding the bold visions, decisions, and successes of business people on the continent.  

Keynote speakers included:

Trevor Manuel, Former Finance Minister, South Africa

Dolika Banda, Former senior adviser and Director, World Bank Group’s IFC 

Colin Coleman, Head of Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Sub-Saharan Africa

Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO and Founder of House of Tara

Watch the video from the OBFA 2016 HERE