Africa Day 2022 Celebrated at Launch of Transpire Global Director Network’s Africa Faculty

Africa Day in the City of London

A fine and ever so slightly damp London day bore witness to a joyful celebration of Africa Day right in the heart of the City of London, just a stroll away from the fabulous feat of engineering that is the brand-new Elizabeth Line at Liverpool Street.

Event Hosts

The event, hosted by Tony Stubbs FCA, FRSA, Leader of the Transpire Global Director Network and Mireille Karera, PCC, Executive Chairwoman at Kora Coaching & Business, and Chaired by Charlie Helps FRSA, was a hybrid online- in-person feat of technological juggling for which we are grateful to the ICAEW for the use of their wonderful auditorium and facilities at Number One Moorgate Place.

As Lead for the forthcoming Transpire Health Faculty, it was a unique opportunity and pleasure as Master of Ceremonies to Chair the evening’s proceedings and Direrector Panel.

Global Director Network

Transpire is a global professional network for existing and aspiring board members who want to build successful, purposeful, and sustainable board careers.

The Transpire Global Africa Faculty

Following opening remarks and a welcome from Tony Stubbs setting out the concepts of Awareness, Understanding, and Opportunity in the context of successful directors, Mireille introduced the new Africa Faculty and gave an illuminating description of the Leadership Across Boarders (LAB) Programme.

Mireille’s Africa Faculty will host thought leadership forums at which Transpire Members will hear from leading directors about current issues and opportunities facing businesses and will receive practical guidance on how these issues and opportunities are being addressed.

The Faculty will also facilitate mentoring opportunities for Transpire members to not only give back and mentor someone on the African continent, but also to have a reciprocal mentoring opportunity and perhaps to join the board of one of the continent’s exciting growth companies.

More details on the LAB Programme are available here.

Leading Directors Panel

Mireille karera

Mireille karera

Executive Chairwoman at Kora Coaching & Business, Faculty Lead

Tony Stubbs

Tony Stubbs

CEO, Transpire Global, Event Host

Ololade Adesanya

Ololade Adesanya

Director, EY EMEIA Financial Services, Panellist

James Phiri

James Phiri

CEO, Virtual Doctors, Panellist

Olori Boye-Ajayi

Olori Boye-Ajayi

President, Borderless Trade Network, Panellist

Tokunbo Akerele

Tokunbo Akerele

Advisory Board, Prince's Trust International, Panellist

It was a great pleasure to Chair the “Leading Directors Panel” which discussed topics of current importance to making a success of business in Africa, including:

  • Landscaping African Finance
  • Leadership Across Borders Mentoring
  • Africa Market Entry and Business Culture

Click on the image to see the panellists’ details.

A highlights video of the Panel discussion will be available shortly.

Keynote from the Rwandan High Commission

Joseph KabakesaThe evening’s formal proceedings were topped-off with a frank and insightful keynote speech by Mr Joseph Kabakeza, First Counsellor to the Rwandan High Commission.

An accomplished academic and polished diplomat, Mr Kabakeza launched us straight into a vivid account of how to go about raising trust towards the aims of leadership, development, investment, opportunity, and ultimately freedom.

Mr Kabakeza left us with the simple, yet powerful lesson in leadership: “clean your own house before you ask others to clean theirs.

Interestingly, he also asserted that politics and business are inextricably linked, and one cannot talk about the other in isolation. His point was, business leaders must have clean houses, as do politicians if they are to govern successfully. It was a topical subject at a poignant moment—just hours before the release of the “Sue Gray Report” in London.

Naturally, Mr Kabakesa’s points were all rooted in established leadership, governance, and management lore, theory, and code—but his metaphor and delivery were entirely his own.

Transpire Global Director Network Africa Day Cocktail Reception

The event was complete with a convivial cocktail reception and networking, and a special treat of chocolate and coffee produced in Africa by Mireille’s companies AFRIKOA Chocolate and Bourbon Coffee.

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