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.
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
Executive Chairwoman at Kora Coaching & Business, Faculty Lead
CEO, Transpire Global, Event Host
Director, EY EMEIA Financial Services, Panellist
CEO, Virtual Doctors, Panellist
President, Borderless Trade Network, Panellist
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
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.
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