Programme subject to change.

Creating Shared Value in a Time of Crisis

Sponsored by:

MC: Eusebius McKaizer, Talk Show Host, Radio 702
10:00 - 10:40
Keynote: Creating Shared Value in Times of Crisis

Prof Mark Kramer, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School & Co-Founder of the Shared Value Initiative (USA)

  • Welcome and introduction by Tiekie Barnard, CEO, Shared Value Africa Initiative (SA)

The continuous COVID-19 developments are both dizzying and daunting as business leaders try to protect their workers, maintain business continuity, and make decisions in the context of significant economic uncertainty. The crisis is also forcing companies to re-examine their impact on society and their responsibility to all their stakeholders—employees, customers, communities, and partners alike.

When faced with this unremitting uncertainty, how can a company maintain clarity on its societal purpose? What is the role and responsibility of the business in a time of chaos and crisis?

In this session, Prof Mark Kramer takes a closer look at the opportunity for business to create shared value in times of crisis. In his words: “No one expects or requires major companies to take extraordinary measures to help their many stakeholders, but the bold and creative steps they take today to deliver immediate assistance will define their legacy tomorrow.”

10:40 - 11:10
Keynote: COVID-19 – The Balancing Act. Reality versus Shared Value

Jon Duncan, Head of Responsible Investment, Old Mutual
Khanyi Chaba, Head of Responsible Business, Old Mutual Group

As one of the most recognizable brands on the African continent, Old Mutual has, over 175 years, built significant equity and brand loyalty amongst its key audiences by being able to substantiate its purpose of “Championing Mutually Positive Futures”. From products that meet specific needs, personalized, life-long interactions that add value, to community interventions that deliver real impact, the Group has, in many ways, worked to consistently deliver profit with a purpose.

Now, with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the business is having to reimagine what it means to create shared value through its strategy. This as businesses everywhere deal with challenges to their operations and sustainability.

This keynote discussion between Old Mutual’s Head of Responsible Business and its Head of Responsible Investing will seek to:

  • Contextualize the circumstances under which businesses on the continent and globally currently find themselves today
  • Talk through the necessity and relevance of a Shared Values approach to business, especially during this time
  • Unpack the key challenges that businesses everywhere will face in trying to stay afloat, preserve jobs while still solving social and economic problems
  • Explain how Old Mutual is charting the Shared Value course during this challenging time

Key points for discussion

1. Why it’s imperative for businesses to stay the Shared Value course during this challenging time

2. Shared value as strategy and leadership-led – the practicalities around operationalising Shared Value through strategy – making it come alive in the organisation

3. At look at the now and future of Shared Value – where are currently and where are we going?

11:10 - 12:00
Discussion: Financial Inclusion after COVID-19

Moderator: Makeda Mahadeo, Anchor and Producer CNBC Africa

During this time of disruption, financial inclusion remains a powerful development tool to improve access to finance and to support vulnerable SMEs, individuals and households. The crisis has also highlighted the benefits of digital financial services in many different dimensions and its critical role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals now and in the post-pandemic world.

In this session, panellists will explore ways to bridge the gaps between business and society to unleash new growth opportunities across the continent.

Topics for discussion include the following:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic can pave the way for greater financial inclusion
  • How financial institutions can leverage technology better to bridge the gap between business and society
  • How we, as the African business community, can respond to ensure vulnerable households, SMMEs and service providers are resilient and recover
  • How governments, funders, and financial institutions can collectively respond to these challenges

Our panel members include:

  • Sanda Ojiambo, Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom
  • Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, India
  • Sazini Mojapelo, Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship, Absa Group
  • Edith Jiya, Group Chief Executive Officer, Old Mutual Malawi
  • Clarence Nethengwe, MD, Old Mutual
12:00 - 2:00
Virtual CEO Lunch: Reflections on Purpose-led Leadership During a Time of Crisis

Moderator: Eusebius McKaizer, Talk Show Host, Radio 702

Ten business leaders from across Africa will connect virtually at the Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit, to unpack the essence of purpose-led leadership during a time of crisis. During an open discussion, the business leaders will:

  • Share insights about the challenges and learnings gained during the COVID-19 period
  • Exchange views on what purpose-led leadership means during this time of crisis
  • Discuss what a possible economic recovery can look like.
  • Explore what business as a collective can put in place to prepare for the “new normal”
  • What practices can be put in place now, to better prepare business for future turbulence.

Some of our executives participating in the discussion include:

Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board (Rwanda) / Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom (Kenya) / Iain Williamson, CEO, Old Mutual Group (South Africa) / Ellen Agler, CEO, The END Fund (USA) / Hylton Kallner, CEO, Discovery Life (South Africa) / Jeff Radebe, South African Presidential Special Envoy and Global Citizen Ambassador (South Africa) / Stephen Ruzibiza, Private Sector Federation (Rwanda) / Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation (Nigeria) / Marion Gathoga-Mwangi, CEO, BOC Kenya / Rebecca Miano, CEO, Kengen (Kenya) / Carole Karuga, CEO, Private Sector Alliance (Kenya) / Faith Khanyile, CEO, WDB Investment Holdings (South Africa)

Transforming Healthcare in Africa

Sponsored by:


MC: Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Director of Africa Media Hub, Strathmore University Business School
10:00 - 10:20
Transforming Healthcare through Shared Value: the Importance of Collaboration and Local Innovation

Susan Beverly, Senior Director of Sustainability & Shared Impact, Abbott (USA)

Shared value is integral to transforming healthcare systems, and business has a vital role to play with unique expertise, products, services, resources and proven, sustainable approaches that deliver results. As a healthcare company, Abbott helps people live more fully through life-changing technologies and investments in new business models that create value in communities across Africa.

This keynote will provide an overview of shared value strategies that bring together localized innovation and cross-sector collaboration to help deliver the future of healthcare and support new systems that can deliver healthcare to those who need it most.

Key points for discussion include

  • Improving lives through businesses and partnerships, investing in new business models that create value in our communities
  • Innovative new products to meet changing healthcare needs by developing new systems that can deliver healthcare to those who need it most.
  • Helping people live more fully at all stages of life. The company’s portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines.
10:20 - 10:40
Keynote: Rwanda’s Vision for Decentralised Health Systems

Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda Minister of Health

10:40 - 12:00
Discussion: Future Perspectives on Healthcare Transformation in Africa

Moderator: Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Director of Africa Media Hub, Strathmore University Business School

Investment in itself is not enough to reduce the burden of disease and confront the chronic lack of funds, doctors and equipment so prevalent throughout African health systems. In this session, business leaders will share insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping healthcare, addressing key issues such as:

  • Lessons learnt from the pandemic, in particular with regards to collaboration
  • How to mobilise the private sector to unlock synergies that will contribute more directly to meeting regional health goals
  • The role and place for community participation in the delivery of health services
  • The main building blocks essential to successful healthcare transformation in Africa over the next decade

Our panel members include:

  • Luis Gonzalez, Global director: Medical & Scientific Affairs, Rapid Diagnostics division, Abbott (TBC)
  • Manasseh Gihana Wandera, Executive Director, Society for Family Health Rwanda
  • Priya Shah, Regional Operations Director, CarePay
  • Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Vitality Health International and Global Head of Health Insurance, Discovery Group
12:00 - 12:30
Decentralising Healthcare in Rwanda: A Sustainable Solution

Monica Sanders, Director: Global Citizenship and Shared Impact, Abbott (USA)
Manasseh G. Wandera, Executive Director, Society for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda

Rwanda’s Government is committed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, particularly the third goal that focuses on “Health for All”. It is in this perspective that the Ministry of Health (MOH) is working to reduce the geographic and financial barriers to quality health services and meet international requirements. Rwanda seeks to reduce walking time to the nearest primary health care facility from 50 to 30 minutes, and provide a comprehensive service package that covers pregnant mothers and newborns, children and adolescents, adults and elderly, including covering non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

This presentation will provide an overview of a collaborative effort among the Rwanda Ministry of Health, Society for Health and Abbott to pilot a reimagined health post model to achieve the vision. This presentation will share some of the clinical outcomes observed to date and touch on the following key issue:

  • A uniquely collaborative approach to this public-private partnership, which has significantly enhanced the sustainability of the project
  • Health posts play an important role in the success of decentralized healthcare by providing affordable access and vital services to rural communities
  • The addition of antenatal and diagnostic services at the health post level has been an important part of the success of this pilot
12:30 - 12:45
Technology Empowering Affordable Healthcare

Dr Patrick Singa, Medical Director, Babyl Health (Rwanda)

Young Entrepreneurs Shaping Africa’s Future

Sponsored by:

MC: Ayabonga Cawe, Talk Show Host, MetroFM
10:00 - 10:25
Keynote: Supporting Entrepreneurship is Imperative for Africa’s Future

Jane Mwangi, Managing Director, KCB Foundation

Enterprises play a critical role in the economy, through job creation, taxes and other economic benefits. Across East African economies, MSMEs account for a significant proportion of the GDP. Thus, constraints to growth of enterprises, such as access to affordable credit, need to mitigated. This will enhance their competitiveness, allowing them to become sustainable businesses that can thrive in today’s globalised world.

Enterprises are amongst the worst hit by disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering trickle down effects that have included pay cuts and layoffs. As we work towards mitigating effects of the pandemic, special attention needs to paid to helping enterprises get back on their feet, for the good of our people and our economies.

KCB Group Plc’s staunch belief in the Shared Value philosophy has seen us incorporate social programmes into our business with various strategic partners. Our targeted skills and enterprise support programme for the youth 2jiajiri is focused on enterprise development. Businesses need to be offered incentives to recover, flourish and unlock the potential for enterprise. At KCB Group Plc, we are scaling up support to enterprises across the region. We have also localised 2jiajiri for each of our subsidiaries based on the unique country needs.

10:25 - 11:15
Discussion: How the Younger Generation Can Secure Our Future

Moderator: Fred Swaniker, Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group (Kenya)

The promise of Africa’s future rests on its large number of young people, a new generation of African leaders and innovators. By 2050 Africa will be home to 38 of the 40 youngest countries in the world and, with 70% of Africa’s population under the age of 30, we as a continent are presented with a great opportunity and, possibly, a great challenge. We opted to closely examine the opportunities and invited young business leaders from Rwanda to have an open and informal discussion on the collective role of millennials in safeguarding the future.

Topics for discussion include:

  • What investment are young people making in our continent today?
  • What innovative policies and programmes are needed to unlock Africa’s youth dividend?
  • What does the new normal mean for young and upcoming business leaders?
  • What are the root problems in business and society which have been amplified during the crisis and should be changed?

Our panel members include:

  • Honourable Prof Anastase Shyaka, Minister of Local Government, Rwanda
  • Christelle Kwizera, MD, Water Access Rwanda
  • Regis Umugiraneza, CEO, Carl Group Rwanda
  • Liban Mugabo, MD, Safe Gas
  • Rosine Ndayishimiye, Senior Associate: Agriculture, Bridge2Rwanda Services
11:15 - 12:30
Discussion: Young Leaders Creating the Africa We Want

Discussion Lead: Ayabonga Cawe (MC)

We believe the time for Africa is now and invited a group of young business leaders from across Africa to connect online and discuss their roles: firstly, as entrepreneurs and, secondly, as young leaders in rebuilding Africa’s economy and unlocking the potential for a brighter future.

As representatives of Africa’s younger generation and the business leaders of tomorrow, will explore the following pertinent issues:

  • What can and will you do to help reshape Africa’s economic recovery and revival.
  • How have you adapted your business strategies and purpose to become more inclusive and address societal issues?
  • What are the most important building blocks to cultivating a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem across Africa?
  • What advice can you offer to fellow entrepreneurs who are ready to expand and grow, but do not have access to markets and funding?

Panel members include:

  • Nichole Yembra, Founder & MD, The Chrysalis Capital (Nigeria)
  • Simba Mhuriro, Founder and MD, Oxygen Africa (Zimbabwe)
  • Afetsi Awonoor, Founder & CEO, JB Williams (Ghana)
  • Mahmud Johnson, Founder & CEO, J-Palm (Liberia)
  • Elizabeth Okullow, Co-founder and CEO of Lafamia Greens (Rwanda)
  • Uwimbabazi Patiente, Youth Project Manager, TERIMBERE Farm Limited (Rwanda)
  • Jeannette Umutoniwase, Founder, Inzira Dreamz Network (Rwanda)
12:30 - 1:00
Keynote: Can the Free Trade Area - AfCFTA - be the answer to Africa's Economic Recovery

John Bee, Regional Head, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Nestle
Dr. Eve Christine Gadzikwa Director General and Secretary ARSO Zimbabwe, President of AU standards body, the African Organisation for Standardisation.

When fully implemented, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will lay the foundations for a single market for goods and services by removing existing trade barriers across Africa. AfCFTA will establish a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion. This could be an economic game-changer for the continent.

Africa will need post COVID-19 collaboration and economic recovery plans like never seen before. The effective implementation of AfCFTA and creating jobs for our youth were already two of our biggest challenges before the crisis, which has thrown them further into relief. What role can young entrepreneurs play and how can they benefit from AfCFTA? How can we ensure that they understand and are ready to take advantage of the benefits that AfCFTA will bring to their own regions, thereby providing the opportunity for them to grow their own businesses; enabling them to create more jobs and Creating Shared Value for themselves and their communities?

In this session two AfCFTA experts will discuss the real challenges and benefits that will face young entrepreneurs as they prepare to trade beyond their own borders, some for the first time.

2:00 - 4:00
Shared Value 2.0 Masterclass

This short and impactful Masterclass offered by the SVAI is a must for every organisation wishing to take the first step in future-proofing their business by introducing the concept of Shared Value.

Join us for an interactive session to find out how Shared Value actions drive reputation, engage employees, manage risks, create operational efficiencies, and foster innovation and access to new markets.

Masterclass Structure

  • The Importance of Organisationl Purpose
  • Shared Value Background
  • Shared Value Framework
  • Shared Value Implementation (examples)
  • Case Study: 2 Jiajiri

Presented by: 

  • Immaculata Segooa: Shared Value Advocate, SVAI Steering Committee Member.
  • Tiekie Barnard: Founder Shift Impact Africa and Shared Value Africa Initiative.
  • Jane Mwangi, Managing Director, KCB Foundation

Unlocking the Power of Innovation

Sponsored by:

MC: Hlubi Mboya-Arnold, Executive Director, Future CEOs
10:00 - 10:40
Keynote: The Shared Value Business Case for Pay-As-You-Go Renewable Energy

David Damberger, Chief Strategy and Data Officer and Head of International Expansion, M-KOPA

David will be sharing the story of M-KOPA’s journey, exploring how they used a shared value approach to developing their business. From initial start-up launch and creating the Pay-As-You-Go sector in East Africa, to now upgrading over 1 million underserved customers lives with clean, affordable, solar energy; life improving appliances that help them participate in the digital global world. He’ll also be discussing and opening up the conversation to discuss future opportunities on how the PAYG sector can continue to create shared value and anything else audience members want to ask about.Key points for discussion include:

  • Hear the M-KOPA and Pay-As-You-Go sector development story
  • Learn some of the key challenges that M-KOPA had balancing different shared value trade-offs
  • Discuss future opportunities to create shared value using the PAYG business model
10:40 - 11:35
Discussion: Innovation spurred by COVID-19 crisis

Conversation Lead: Abey Mokgwatsane, Head of Brand & Communications, Vodacom

History shows us that crises, such as economic recessions and pandemics, often inspire innovation and change the trajectory of governments, economies and businesses. No surprise then that, in the last four months, the Covid-19 outbreak has triggered a tidal wave of innovation around the world.We invited business leaders to join us for an interactive discussion to explore the role of innovation in COVID-19 response. More specifically, we want to know what should be done to safeguard the future potential inherent in this new wave of innovation coming from Africa, when business across the continent is in survival mode.

Our panel members include:

  • Ryan Noach, CEO, Discovery Health
  • Shobna Persadh, Director: Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business, Unilever
  • Preetesh Sewraj, CEO, Loeries
  • Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive: Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank
11:35 - 12:45
Unlocking the Power of Purpose

An Introduction to the Purpose Playbook

Shared Value is a Business Management concept and once the concept of creating economic value and value for society is understood the next question is the “how”?

The Purpose Playbook is a tool to guide business into the “how”  of creating Shared Value. It is a guideline on working through different areas within the organisation from creating a purpose to strategy  to operations and people and is the start towards a business creating a meaningful social impact and contributing to a more equal society .

Join the Shared Value Africa Initiative for a discussion about how companies can use the newly released Purpose Playbook to pivot from declaring a purpose to fully adopting this new sense of purpose and rapidly accelerating its implementation into core business practices.

Featured Speakers:

  • Tiekie Barnard – CEO, SVAI/Shift – Africa
  • Bobbi Silten – Managing Director, Shared Value Initiative – Global
  • Gaëlle Loiseau – CEO, Shared Value Project Hong Kong – Hong
Programme subject to change.