Category : Business

  • IT giant Infosys seeks African market expansion

    Posted Mar 30th, 2011 By in Business, Technology With | Comments Off on IT giant Infosys seeks African market expansion

    Indian IT company Infosys Technologies is continuing its entrance into the African continent. It said in a statement Friday morning that it believes Africa is a market for long-term IT services and hopes it will be able to implement an investment strategy. In an interview with the Times of India, Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan said …

  • Microsoft chairman plots Africa’s tech revolution (video)

    Posted Jan 18th, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 3 Comments

    In the video featurette below, CNN’s African Voices highlights Cheick Diarra, the Microsoft chairman for Africa who has been trying to make technology more accessible on the continent. In the video Mr. Diarra talks about tech affordability, connectivity, and training in Africa, and also comments on combatting software piracy by developing the local software development …

  • Africa’s wealth and consumerism draws big brands

    Posted Jan 14th, 2011 By in Business, General With | 4 Comments

    The Wall Street Journal is currently running an in-depth interactive series on the rapid development and potential of the African consumer market. The first installment of the series includes a wealth timeline of foreign investment in Africa, consumer profiles, an insightful article on multinational brand perspective and more. It’s a must read. I’m looking forward …

  • Insights on mobile banking & advertising in Africa (videos)

    Posted Jan 5th, 2011 By in Business, General, Technology With | 1 Comment

    If you’ve been following this website or been engaged in any recent conversation about Africa’s future, you can’t have missed a mention about mobile technology innovation and it’s impact in Africa. For the curious or uninitiated, here are a couple of videos which focus on the trend and give some insight particularly in the banking …

  • South Africa formally invited to join BRIC group of emerging global powers

    Posted Dec 24th, 2010 By in Business, Politics With | 1 Comment

    South Africa has been formally asked to join the BRIC group of major emerging markets, comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China, bolstering its position as Africa’s champion. Chinese President Hu Jintao wrote a letter to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to inform him of the decision and inviting him to the BRIC’s third heads …

  • Growth and spending of African consumers (video)

    Posted Dec 8th, 2010 By in Business, Fashion, Film/Television, General With | 2 Comments

    Here’s a very  informative video interview on African consumer growth, spending and attitudes. Courtesy of ABN Digital.

  • Top 100 global thinkers of 2010

    Posted Dec 2nd, 2010 By in Books/Magazines, Business, Charity, Featured, General, Politics With | Comments Off on Top 100 global thinkers of 2010

    Foreign Policy Magazine has named their top 100 global thinkers of 2010. The list, which I’ve outlined below, is a mix of policy makers, advocates, and media professionals among other global influencers. A special congratulations goes out to Rosa Whitaker (#53), Ory Okolloh (#59), and Ethan Zuckerman (#81), all of whom  I’ve had the pleasure of …

  • Africa’s New Trade Frontier (infographic) – The BRICA Group

    Posted Nov 16th, 2010 By in Business, Editor's Note, General, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Africa’s New Trade Frontier (infographic) – The BRICA Group

    The above infographic gives an overview of Africa’s changing trade partnerships. The infographic comes courtesy of The BRICA Group, a new collaborative venture in partnership with Larry Ossei-Mensah of The BRICA Group’s mission is to serve as an advocate and catalyst for the development of innovation and creativity in emerging markets. We have more …

  • Notes: leadership and innovation at 2010 World Business Forum

    Posted Oct 29th, 2010 By in Business, Events, Featured, General With | Comments Off on Notes: leadership and innovation at 2010 World Business Forum

    Recently I was honored to have been able to attend The World Business Forum, an annual business conference featuring some of today’s most influential business and leadership luminaries. The event, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, featured 18+ speakers – including Al Gore, Jack Welch, Vijay Govindarajan, and Charlene Li – …

  • Why Africa aid campaigns FAIL (free ebook)

    Posted May 19th, 2010 By in Books/Magazines, Business, Charity, General, Politics With | 6 Comments

    On April 27, 2010 the popular website Mashable ran a post titled 1MillionShirts Leverages Social Media to Help Clothe Africa. The post was about a new charitable campaign launched by a pair of US-based social media marketing professionals whose goal was to get everyday consumers to “Help us send one million t-shirts to the people …

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