ALN2015 Daily Recap, Friday November 6

The last full day of programming for ALN2015 has come to a close. This day was packed with informative and substantial content, allowing you to really dig deep into the topic or session of your choice. The global leader in phosphates, OCP, lead a panel on African smallholder farmers, describing a pathway from subsistence to agri-entrepreneur.

During a parallel breakaway session, Harvard University’s Center for African Studies hosted an engaging session on entrepreneurship in Africa, highlighting the importance of a humanist approach to success in business.

Finally, global management firm, McKinsey & Company, hosted a panel on centered leadership, outlining the DNA of authentic and honest leadership. All of these sessions provided shots of motivation paired with essential information, equipping you to be better leaders, businesspeople, and analysts of the market forces affecting Africa today.

The afternoon included a fascinating session on values, titled Defending Values Despite Cultural Boundaries. Distinguished panelists included Hon. Francis Gatare of the Rwanda Development Board, Wendy Luhabe of WIPHOLD & WPEF, Lillian Maboya of the African Leadership Academy, and Sneha Shah of Thomson Reuters. These panelists, speaking from their divergent professional backgrounds and experiences, illustrated different ways of taking a stand in all aspects of one’s life.

The following session, titled Defying Conventional Boundaries, expanded the conversation even further. Three boundary-defying panelists took the stage to outline how this concept has held meaning in their lives. A representative of CGEM’s Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, Masai Ujiri of NBA Africa, and Eddy Oketch, a young African social entrepreneur, all explained how they have personally broken boundaries.

This final evening of ALN2015 was closed out with the White Party, an iconic event allowing all attendees to relax with friends, new and old, while burning up the dance floor.

Thank you for attending ALN2015! We look forward to spending some time with you at the Farewell Brunch tomorrow.

The ALN Team

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