Engaging in Business with Africa
Leadership Development Programme
Africa is a vast continent, consisting of 54 countries, more than a billion people, and numerous business opportunities. Some refer to Africa as the last investment frontier. A considerable number of companies have realised the opportunities presented and have subsequently achieved great returns on their investment. However, it is also true that probably a larger number of businesses have either not been successful in their African ventures, or have opted from scratch not to invest in Africa. An example is Tiger Brands from South Africa, which has lost close to R2.7 billion (equivalent to approximately US$160 million) through their investment in Nigeria. However, these losses are dwarfed by the successes of retail chains such as Shoprite, financial services giants such as Sanlam, beer brewers such as SABMiller, and diversified companies and agricultural giants such as Tolaram, Olam, Wilmar and Indorama.
The purpose of this programme is therefore to provide the tools and knowledge for executives, senior managers and business owners interested in investing in Africa, to do so with more chances for success. In addition, the programme will include a live case study where delegates will analyse a company operating in Africa, within the context of the industry, and develop recommendations for the executive team of the case study company.
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Infrastructure Development: The Singapore Experience
Executive Management Programme
The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies and Surbana Jurong have collaborated to co-develop this executive programme for the benefit of those managers entrusted with the management of the functional fields mentioned above. Surbana Jurong’s experience in the development and execution of masterplans in city infrastructure development is unparalleled. They have a rich history in developing masterplans for city development in Africa, India and China.
The objectives of the Executive Management Programme in Infrastructure Development, are as follows:
- Develop the ability of the delegates to draw up a masterplan that will guide the city development
- Develop the understanding of the delegates of the imperatives as far as housing development projects are concerned.
- Develop the understanding of the delegates of the imperatives of utilities management, with the focus on energy, water, and waste management.
- Develop the understanding of the delegates of city transportation planning and management.
- Develop the understanding of the delegates on the principles and practices of continuous maintenance.
- Expose the delegates to practical case studies to enhance their insight and understanding.
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Doing Business in Asia
Modular Executive Master of Business Administration, Lagos Business School
This one-week immersion is offered by Nanyang Business School in Singapore as part of the modular executive MBA programme of Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University.
Topics covered in the programme include:
- Strategic branding paradigms and marketing management
- Sun Zi Bing Fa and strategic leadership
- Negotiation with cultural intelligence
- Supply chain management in Asia
- Managing distribution channel relationships
- New venture strategic assessment
The programme includes a special round table discussion with Singapore businesses, organised in collaboration with the Singapore Business Federation.
Expanding Business Horizons & Managing Diversity
Strathmore Business School Senior Management Leadership Programme
Offered by Nanyang Business School in Singapore, this five-day course infuses senior leaders with knowledge and perspectives of business in a globalised economy.
Examining different business cultures across the world, and delving into the successes of international firms, the course will prepare senior executives for the opportunities and challenges presented by the interconnected world we live in.
The reality of globalisation raises the need for the development of cultural intelligence, the ability to adapt effectively across cultures. This course will help managers discover their cultural intelligence profile and intercultural negotiation style, and learn how to leverage cultural intelligence in diverse work and business contexts, to leverage cultural intelligence as a strategic global leadership capability and become a culturally intelligent negotiator.
The course is offered as a module of Strathmore Business School’s Senior Management Leadership Program, an eight-month programme that prepares senior executives for responsibilities at the highest level to lead their organisations to achieve a sustainable competitive edge.
African internship programme for NBS students
The KKH-CAS Scholarship provides Nanyang Business School (NBS) students with opportunities to open their horizons to the excitement and challenges of working in the frontier markets of Africa. Founded by Mr Kuok Khoon Hong, chairman and chief executive of Wilmar International Limited, the fund supports scholarships for 10-week internships at Wilmar’s operations across the continent.
The programme aims to inculcate in participants, a pioneering spirit, entrepreneurial vision and sharp business acumen. The experience of working in relatively unstructured business environments will help build resourcefulness and sharpen their ability to spot key business issues and seize emergent opportunities in a fast changing environment.
They will learn how to apply theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills to real-world situations and demands. Exposure to these dynamic markets will help participants appreciate the rich potential there and broaden their ambitions beyond more developed and accessible markets.