Changing the Narrative

Building a World that Works in Africa

Four Episodes

December 14, 2020

GE Healthcare – East Africa Projects Development Director Alexander Oketch

KUTRRH is poised to become the only Public facility in East and Central African region to offer the comprehensive continuum of cancer care with the establishment of an MIC. This centre will have state of the art technologies that will help in early diagnosis and management of cancer that will be expected to increase the survivorship of cancer patients, reverse outbound medical tourism while at the same time increasing inbound medical tourism into Kenya. This marks a significant milestone in the health sector and is a part of the country’s Big Four Agenda that prioritises increased access to quality and affordable healthcare to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

November 23, 2020

Kenneth Oyakhire of GE Gas & Power Sub – Saharan Africa.  Restoring Up To 360MW In Nigeria Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic.

“Being Nigeria’s largest electricity generating company, with a total installed capacity of 4.0 gigawatts (GW), representing about 35% of Nigeria’s generating capacity, we are committed to strengthening Nigeria’s power sector, despite the unexpected logistical challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today the company’s dedicated team, leading technology, and global reach and capabilities help the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely.  GE is rising to the challenge of building a world that works in Africa.

November 15, 2020

Njideka U. Harry is the President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative non-profit organization focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of youth and women living in developing countries.

YTF’s strength lies in its ability to access market demands, design developmental programs, provide linkages that accelerate business opportunities and administer customized information and communications technology (ICT) and entrepreneurship training programs that uplift youth and women from poverty.

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July 6, 2020

William Miller, GE Senior Leader for Learning and Development

The Africa Industrial Internet Programme

GE partnered with African Leadership Group to build a new generation of digital leaders for Africa. The Programme enables mid-career engineers to build new skills in data analytics, data science, data engineering and data visualization. The programme is creating globally competitive, digital engineers right here in Africa, and we can’t wait to see their full impact on the continent.

Africa's Portal to Doing Business with the United States


October 14, 2020


This Virtual Summit, the first and the largest of its kind convenes thousands of c-suite executives and decision-makers at African businesses, large and small, to present to you, from the highest ranks, the ways in which the U.S. can assist in growing your businesses through trade, investment, and technical assistance.


Designed specifically to serve African business leaders, this Virtual Summit is a portal, a one stop shop, into the United States Government’s resources at the highest levels. The summit is structured as four sessions taking place in one day.


For decades, The United States Government has funded a number of agencies and platforms to support African companies to do business with both the U.S. government itself, and with the U.S. private sector.  We are pleased to bring these resources together, at one time, in one place, for African business leaders.

Disruptions With Impact: The Intersection of Business & Philanthropy

Dr. James Mwangi, Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings
and Executive Chairman of the Equity Group Foundation
July 22, 2020

Dr. James Mwangi, Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings and Executive Chairman of the Equity Group Foundation is featured in a fireside chat with Harvard Business School Professor Caroline Elkins, as part of’s webinar series Crisis Management for African Business Leaders.  Among specific themes to be discussed is the balance between a company’s ethos and its ethical compass during crisis, and the leadership required to navigate the two.

Crisis Management for African Business Leaders

In Partnership with Faculty from Harvard Business School & Harvard Law School

July 29, 2020

Led by Teresa Clarke, Chair and CEO,


  • Dr. Acha Leke, Senior Partner, Johannesburg, Chairman, McKinsey Africa
  • Dr. John N. Nkengasong, MSc, PhD, Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
September 2, 2020

COVID 19 has unearthed massive inequalities within our societies and brought to glaring light the unique burdens that women carry the world over.

Graça Machel and Melinda Gates joined to discuss their policy recommendations in regards to women during the pandemic.

Both of these women are strong advocates for women’s issues. And both have governments and private sector conduct policies to not only address inequities experienced by women during COVID-19, but interestingly, both women independently concluded their works with the view that if we manage the responses to these critical issues strategically, women could come out of this period having made important gains.

June 24, 2020

This session explores the many ways in which African consumers have shifted towards digital products and services. The discussion will explore how Africans are shifting towards delivery takeaways with UberEats, how telemedicine has taken a huge leap forward, how distance learning is gaining ground, and how contactless payments are the next big thing in the mobile payment space. To round it all off, the chief operating officer of Silicon Valley’s leading online tech business magazine, TechCrunch, will comment on how these trends dovetail with the digital consumer trends taking hold in the U.S.

Led by Dayo Olopade Author of The Bright Continent, a book on innovation, technology, and opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa


  • Dr Funmi Adewara, Founder/CEO Mobihealth International
  • Ned Desmond, COO, TechCrunch
  • Mark Elliott, Division President, Mastercard, Southern Africa
  • Wambura Kimunyu, CEO, Eneza Education _ Makano Mosidi, Chief Information Office, Standard Bank
  • Ailyssa Pretorius, Regional General Manager, Uber Eats Sub Saharan Africa
June 17, 2020

A discussion with experts working with agricultural companies on development strategies, the introduction of technology, and creating sustainable employment opportunities for the continent’s burgeoning youth population. 

How governments/development partners/private sector along the agriculture value chain can respond to COVID-19 and specifically what opportunities the pandemic might provide to rethink our agriculture and food systems.

Moderator Gillian Pais is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Nairobi Office and leads McKinsey’s Agriculture practice in Africa.


  • Linda Manda is the Global Head Agribusiness, Client Coverage, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group.
  • Kola Masha is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. Babban Gona is an award winning, high impact, financially sustainable and highly scalable social enterprise, part-owned by the farmers we serve.
  • Mezuo Nwuneli is the Managing Partner, Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Ltd., a food and agriculture focused private equity firm which invests in mid-sized agribusinesses.
  • Atsuko Toda is serving as the Director of Agriculture Finance and Rural Infrastructure Development Department at the African Development Bank. The department is responsible for the Bank’s investments in private sector agribusiness companies and development of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones across the African Continent. 
June 10, 2020

A moderated discussion on how the current crises, health and economic, have focussed a bright light on numerous social issues facing Africans including inequitable access to healthcare, the economic vulnerability of workers, occupational safety and wellbeing, temporary improvements in air and water quality resulting from lockdowns, police brutality and excessive use of force, disparities in access to technology, and more.

Intro Remarks by Sim Tshabalala, Group Chief Executive, SBG and Executive Director, SBSA Standard Bank Group

Special Guest Speaker Jide Zeitlin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Tapestry, Inc. The parent company of luxury brands Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

Moderator Kamil Olufowobi, CEO, Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 Under 40


  • Tara Durotoye, Founder & CEO, House of Tara International
  • Vanessa Nakate, Activist, Climate Change
  • Diallo Shabazz, Co-Founder, Birthright AFRICA
  • Vusi Thembekwayo, CEO, MyGrowthFund Venture Capital
  • Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers
  • Adebola Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Red Media Africa
June 3, 2020

A timely and valuable series produced by in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Professor David B. Wilkins leads the discussion with top lawyers across Africa while the welcome is delivered by Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States.


  • Gerald Abila, Founder and Executive Director, BarefootLaw
  • Dr. Myma Belo Osagie, Co-Founder, Udo Udoma Belo-Osagie
  • Michel Brizoua-Bi, Partner, Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés
  • Stephen Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom
  • Prof. Vincent O. Nmehielle, SJD, Secretary-General, African Development Bank Group Office of the Secretary-General and General Secretariat
  • Prof. Ruth L. Okediji, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
  • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President, and General Counsel, World Bank Group
  • Thandi Orleyn, Chairperson, Legal Resources Trust
  • Dr. Godfred Penn, General Counsel & Director, African Development Bank
May 27, 2020

A pitch competition to showcase and support African entrepreneurs who have developed solutions to support Africa’s fight against the coronavirus.  Entries are evaluated primarily on their impact against the virus and the viability of delivering the product or service. Financial sustainability is of secondary importance. Entrepreneurs will “pitch” their ideas, and will be questioned by a judging panel comprised of a seasoned group of innovation investment experts.

Welcome Address by Professor Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School

Judges Panel inclues Juliet Ehimuan, Director – West Africa, Google, Andile Ngcaba, Founding Partner and Chairman Convergence Partners, Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital, and Adrian Vermooten, Head of Digital Innovations, Standard Bank.

May 20, 2020

Leading health experts on the frontlines of the pandemic in Africa will answer questions such as: “The numbers are low, but why?”, “Is it a question of access to testing?”, “Is it the climate?”, “Is it the youthful population?” and “Is it a matter of reporting?”

Led by Teresa Clarke, Chair and CEO of


_Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

_Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

_Professor David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur

May 13, 2020

A timely and valuable series produced by in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Led by Teresa Clarke, Chair and CEO of

Panelists include Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Former Deputy President of South Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, Former Minister of Education Nigeria, and Former VP Africa Region of World Bank, Anne Juuko, Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Uganda, Suzan Kereere, Global Head of Merchant Sales & Acquiring, VISA Inc., and Natasha Wang Mwansa, Women Deliver Young Leader.

May 6, 2020

A timely and valuable series produced by in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Led by Andy Zelleke, Ph.D., Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer of Business Administration.

Panelists include Nolitha Fakude, Chair of the Management Board, South Africa Anglo American, Acha Leke, Senior Partner, Johannesburg, Chairman, McKinsey Africa, Funke Opeke, Founder and CEO of MainOne, and Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO of MTN.

April 29, 2020

A timely and valuable series produced by in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Led by Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman, FSDH Holding Company, and Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer of Business Administration


  • His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
  • President of Ghana _The Honorable Nasir El-Rufai
  • Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor, Yale University
  • Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co.
April 15, 2020

Leadership in Times of Crisis is led by Harvard Business School Professor, Linda Hill, Ph.D., Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration, Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative. PANELISTS: _Jay Ireland, Former CEO of GE-Africa _Fred Swaniker, Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group _Kuseni Dlamini, Chair, Massmart Ltd. _Foluso Phillips, Executive Chairman and Founder of Phillips Consulting Limited SPECIAL GUEST: Dr Michel Yao, World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO, Emergency Operations Manager 

April 22, 2020

A timely and valuable series produced by in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Led by Kunle Elebute, Chair of KPMG Africa

Panelists include Welela Dawit, CFO, GE Africa, Admassu Tadesse, President & Chief Executive, Eastern & Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Sim Tshabalala, Group Chief Executive, SBG and Executive Director, SBSA

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