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Whitman School Hosts 6th Annual Conference on Africa Business and Entrepreneurship
The Kiebach Center’s Africa Business Program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management will host the sixth annual Conference on Africa Business and Entrepreneurship April 16-18 at the Whitman School.
The conference offers a unique forum for participants to meet and discuss their current work on business and entrepreneurship in Africa with other academic researchers and business professionals from around the world. Through paper presentations, panel discussions and keynote addresses, participants seek to understand the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s economic development. Participants from around the world will present their findings and offer diverse perspectives on Africa’s budding marketplace.
“Through this conference we hope to stimulate interest in this largely understudied area and inspire participants to further explore business and entrepreneurship in Africa,” says Peter Koveos, conference chair and program director, as well as professor of finance, Kiebach Chair in International Business and director of the Kiebach Center for International Business. “We look forward to welcoming faculty from many countries to the conference.”
The conference agenda begins with the Africa Business Forum, targeted primarily toward area businesses, with the participation of the U.S. Department of Commerce, SAAB-Sensis and the Central New York International Business Alliance. It continues with paper presentations by faculty from many countries.
The mission of Whitman’s Africa Business Program is to facilitate partnerships between businesses in Central New York and countries in Africa, enhance the business community’s readiness for entering into business relationships with Africa, promote faculty research and interest in business in Africa and increase Africa-related knowledge among students.
Made possible by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International Business and Education program, Whitman’s Africa Business Program is the joint responsibility of the Kiebach Center for International Business Studies, the Central New York Technology Development Organization and the Central New York International Business Alliance, and is also supported by the County of Onondaga Division of Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the New York Empire State Development and the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.