Executing effectively in Africa

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6 x Breakaway workshops focused on key opportunities and challenges when doing business across the continent.

Workshops are repeated to allow delegates to select two sessions.

  1. Turning risk into results in Africa - Location: Room 1.41 (1st floor)
    Leading companies see risk and control as an enabler of performance rather than as compliance. World class governance, risk and control environments support effectiveness of the operating model – they influence business processes and drive key performance metrics. This allows business executives to understand risk and make decisions with greater confidence. This session draws from experiences of organisations that operate across the continent and will examine how they manage risk to enable performance.

  2. Emerging technology in emerging African markets - Location: Room 1.43 (1st floor)
    Technology continues to play a critical role in economic development, planning and growth globally. The African growth strategy is no exception. In the fast changing, emerging environment, how can technology be used effectively to enable Africa's potential? Can Africa avoid traditional ERP system implementations and overcome historical challenges? How ready are we to take the leap towards cloud infrastructure and computing? We discuss the barriers to effectiveness and alternative solutions to technology enablement across the continent. Using technology to enable business potential in Africa

  3. Mind the gap: Africa's infrastructure development - Location: Room 1.43 (1st floor)
    This session will explore through case study, how innovative organisations are addressing the infrastructure gap that is so essential to unlocking Africa's vast economic potential. Attendees at Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum in 2012 rated the infrastructure gap as the second highest risk to doing business in Africa. This is supported by a 2010 World Bank study across Sub-Saharan Africa which estimates a US$48 billion infrastructure funding gap per year. While this may appear insurmountable, the prospect of reaping game-changing rewards in one of the world's last frontier markets is possible. In the 2013 SGF we will explore bold and innovative solutions to this challenge.

  4. Frontier HR: Neither wild nor west - Location: Room 1.44 (1st floor)
    African markets are viewed by many as the last frontier of global growth, but is enough known about the workforce that will drive this growth and the employment regimes in which they operate? This session will explore the relevance of some global human capital considerations and assumptions in Africa. We will examine the opportunities and risks which present when post-colonial or post-communist employment systems run up against the new world of work.

  5. Cape to Cairo: Assessing the logistical challenges to serving customers on time - Location: Room 1.45 (1st floor)
    Leading companies see risk and control as an enabler of performance rather than as compliance. World class governance, risk and control environments support effectiveness of the operating model – they influence business processes and drive key performance metrics. This allows business executives to understand risk and make decisions with greater confidence. This session draws from experiences of organisations that operate across the continent and will examine how they manage risk to enable performance.

  6. Turning risk into results in Africa - Location: Room 2.41/42 (2nd floor)
    Growing business in Africa has many challenges but also many opportunities. This session will focus on the practical solutions that can support success or, if handled poorly, lead to failure. We will discuss our insights on how to implement the optimal operating model for the business and how issues such as challenging infrastructure, complex tax regimes and the exciting opportunities offered by emerging trading blocs can impact on this design.

  7. Financial Services: Evolving Africa strategies using reverse engineering - Room 2.43/44 (2nd floor)
    In 2013, Africa's financial services giants are grappling with how to secure leadership in growth markets across the continent. The key challenge is to redesign the operating model which is defined and dominated by home country requirements and to shift power and decision making to where the growth opportunities are. Led by financial services industry leaders from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this interactive session explores challenges and lessons learned from the Africa expansion of market leading banks and insurers. While the discussion will focus on financial services, the insights will have broad relevance to other companies embarking on growth and expansion.