In today’s volatile world, industry captains and thought leaders have on several occasions found it difficult to manoeuvre the rapidly changing business environment, often this has begged the question; What next?
In the latest Global Competitiveness Index – a report compiled by the World Economic Forum, African countries make up 17 of the bottom 20 nations. While the global median score is 60, the median in Sub-Saharan Africa is 45.2 – the lowest for all the regions analysed.
The annual index ranks countries based on 12 pillars including but not limited to; an enabling environment, markets, human capital and an innovation ecosystem.
“The much needed economic leap will not happen unless these issues are addressed decisively,” the report adds.
This leap is where initiatives like CEO Forum come in under its flagship program the CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP). For the past five years, the Forum has carried out an apprenticeship program to develop a generation of globally competitive, innovative, and tech savvy corporate leaders.
But with the new partnership with Strathmore Business School, CEO Summit and the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, a new program has been designed to train industry thought leaders on how to build and grow a business in today’s volatile world despite the rapidly changing environment and to integrate local and global perspectives into a winning strategy.
The annual program will be taught by a star-studded line-up of multi-sectoral sitting and former CEOs tackling different modules together with the participants.
These coaches include UNRA ED Allen Kagina, Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga, Bank of Uganda Governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Managing Director Vivo Energy Gilbert Assi, Stanbic Bank Managing Director Patrick Mweheire among others.
Other top corporate leaders from companies such as MTN Uganda, Safaricom, PwC, KCB and leading academics from various universities will also teach modules in the program.
The new program will begin in January 2020 and will run for one year. It will be taught in four quarters; quarter one starting in January taught in Kampala, quarter two in May taught in Nairobi at Strathmore Business School, quarter three in August taught in South Africa at the Graduate School of Business and the last quarter in November that will lead up to graduation in Kampala with a one-on-one executive coaching.
Typical Participant titles include Executive Directors, Managing Director, General Managers, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Directors and Commissioners.