ALN2016 Daily Blog: Wednesday, Nov 2

The 7th African Leadership Network Annual Gathering has officially kicked off! Today, we welcomed over 300 guests from across the continent to the beautiful island nation of Mauritius for ALN2016. This year’s attendees represent a variety of sectors and industries, and have convened to take a deep dive into the Art of Leading.


Day one began with an Executive Education Forum, hosted by the ALU School of Business (ALUSB). Special guest, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and ALN Co-Founder, Acha Leke, recently named an African Union advisor, guided executives through an explanation of the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) factors in Africa, and provided in-depth economic insight based on their extensive work and experience on the continent. Notably, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala replied to a question regarding government inefficiency in Africa saying, “what sort of governance do we need in our countries to give us the staying power to diversify?”


There were two simultaneous activities after lunch. An experiential based on ALUSB’s module on decision-making for executives and a tour of ALU’s headquarters and campus in Mauritius, African Leadership College, for all other attendees. The experiential was facilitated by ALU Director of Student Life, Veda Sunassee and Steve Boehlke, member of the ALU Global Advisory Council.


We rounded off the day with the ALN2016 opening cocktail at Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, where leaders mingled and got to know each other better. Here’s to a wonderful beginning to ALN2016, new connections, new friends, new ideas, and new energy. See below for tomorrow’s agenda.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

8:30 – 10:00 Leadership Workshops (Optional): Either gain insights on Managing a Maturing Organization (Banyan 1) or discover the ALU School of Business’s leadership competency model of Virtue, Vision and Value (Plenary Tent, Westin Lawn). Both sessions are optional.

10:30 – 12:30 Leadership Jazz with Kirk Whalum (Plenary Tent, Westin Lawn): Find out what jazz improvisation teaches us about innovation, collaboration and leadership.

14:30-16:30 The Art of Leading as an African…: We explore the art of leading as either an African Elder (Banyan 1), Millennial (Banyan 2) or Woman (Plenary Tent, Westin Lawn). All sessions are happening concurrently.

16:30 – 17:15 Africa Business Fellowship (Plenary Tent, Westin Lawn): Join Strive Masiyiwa for a beachside conversation about the inaugural Africa Business Fellow class.

19:00 – 23:00 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Gala (Aventure du Sucre): Bring on the glitz and glamour as we celebrate African entrepreneurship.

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