Whitman School of Management Hosts 6th Annual Conference on Africa Business and Entrepreneurship


The Kiebach Center’s Africa Business Program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University will host the 6th Annual Conference on Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Apr. 16 through 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,” said Peter Koveos, PhD, 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 at the Whitman School. “We look forward to welcoming faculty from many countries to the conference.”

The conference agenda begins with the Africa Business Forum targeted primarily towards 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 of 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.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.

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