Olin Africa Business Forum

by Olin Africa Business Club

Workshop Overanalyzed and Underepresented

Fri, 30 Mar 2018

7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Knight Center
Emerson Auditorium

Throop Drive & Snow Way, St Louis, MO, United States

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The United Nations projects that Africa poses to be the largest growing population by 2050. This presents a unique opportunity for business leaders looking for future growth to grip on to understand the African landscape. As Africa prepares to utilize her growing middle class, active youth, and growing economy, business leaders need to take part in the success.
This 1st Annual Olin Africa Business Conference will be the first time in Olin's history a robust discussion on Africa is center stage. Bringing together accomplished professionals, students, and guests.

Panel 1: For Africa to achieve it's potential, principled leadership, rooted in ethics, good governance and vision is needed to catapult Africa into a continent conducive to business. As one of Olin's pillars, Leadership is critical to achieving any organizational strategy and even more needed in leading a country/continent. We will discuss the importance of leadership in enabling African nations (and corporations that operate within) achieve success.

Panel 2: Agro-Tech
More than 50% of the world's population increase is expected to come from Africa. With this ballooning increase, we will need more food from the same amount of land we have today. This problem seems daunting but 60% of world's arable land is in Africa. We will focus on the impact technology will have on agriculture, globally, then in Africa. We will have a robust discussion on food security and the challenges in achieving food security.

Confirmed Speakers/Panelist Includes;
- Toyin Umesiri: CEO Nazaru
- Mark Taylor: Dean, Olin Business School
- Rob Dunlop: Regional Business Director, Monsanto
- Anne Toba: CEO & Founder, Ripples Foundation
- Ade Osibamiro, Project Manager/Consultant, MasterCard
- Wale Adeosun, CEO/CIO/Partner, Kuramo Capital Management, Olin MBA '88
- Stuart Bunderson, Professor & Co-Director, Bauer Leadership Center, Olin.

Breakfast, Lunch & Reception Included

The event starts at 9 am

Event Schedule.
07:30 – 09:00   Registration, Breakfast, & Networking
09:00 – 09:15   Dean’s Welcome by Dean Taylor
09:15 – 09:45   Welcome address by Club President- Ony Mgbeahurike
09:45- 10:45 Panel 1: Leadership Principles for African Development moderated by
Matilda Thomas.
10:45 – 11:00:    Coffee break/ network/ bathroom break
11:00 – 12:00    Panel 2: Agro-Tech moderated by Sharon Mazimba
12:00 – 1:00    Lunch/ Networking
1:00– 2:00:    Keynote Speaker
2:00 – 3:00    Networking

Panel Guest
09:45- 10:45 Panel 1: Leadership Principles for African Development moderated by
Matilda Thomas.
Stuart Bunderson, Wale Adeosun, Ade Osibamiro

11:00 – 12:00 Panel 2: Agro-Tech moderated by Sharon Mazimba
Anne Toba, Rob Dunlop, Toyin Umesiri
Dress Business Casual

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Knight Center
Emerson Auditorium

Throop Drive & Snow Way, St Louis, MO, United States


Stuart J. Stuart Bunderson

Professor & Co-Director Bauer Leadership Center

Olin Business School

Professor Bunderson is the co-director of the Bauer Leadership Center and the George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance at Olin. He is also an honorary professor with the faculty of economics and business at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. His award-winning research on issues of leadership, organizational learning, and meaningful work has been published in leading management journals. Professor Bunderson has taught courses and seminars on leadership, power and influence, and organizational behavior to undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA students in the United States and China. He is regularly recognized for his teaching with both student and faculty awards. He also teaches in open enrollment and customized executive education seminars with leading private and public sector organizations. Professor Bunderson started his career in organization and management development at PepsiCo, Inc.

Wale Adeosun


Kuramo Capital

Mr. Wale Adeosun, CFA, is the founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Kuramo Capital Management. Kuramo Capital Management is the General Partner of the $300M Kuramo Africa Opportunity Funds with offices in New York City, Lagos, and Nairobi. Prior to founding Kuramo Capital, Mr. Adeosun was Treasurer and CIO at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he oversaw $1 billion in endowment and pension assets and a Managing director at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago with responsibility for over $2 billion in assets. Mr. Adeosun was a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on doing business in Africa and He seats on the boards of several companies. Mr. Adeosun was the former Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of the $190 Billion New York State common Retirement Fund and he was inducted into NASP New York Chapter’s Wall Street Hall of Fame in 2008.

Walé received his MBA from John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO with a concentration in Finance, and his BA in Economics and Business Administration from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Ade Osibamiro

Project Manager/Consultant


Adeyinka Osibamiro popularly called Ade is a Consultant Project Manager at Mastercard, where Ade currently managed 3 Agile Scrum teams in Brazil and St Louis Missouri to deliver business solutions to our product owners. Prior before that, Ade was a Manager leading the software testing team to deliver Masterpass product. While at this role, Ade built a very strong high collaborative software testing team in St Louis and Pune.
Ade has worked with big corporate organizations like CitiMortgage, US Bank and Scottrade leading there software testing teams. Ade preached and breathe quality. Ade was instrumental to defect reduction in the quality of products that is released to production.
Ade is a lover of basketball and my favorite team is Los Angeles Lakers. Ade is married with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl.

Anne Toba

Founder & CEO

Ripples Foundation

Anne Toba is the Founder and CEO of Ripples Foundation UK and Ripples Foundation USA, a
501(3)c non-profit that delivers women empowerment, educational and development projects
through Ripples affiliates in Africa countries; (Madagascar, Ghana and Nigeria).
Anne Phillips holds a Masters degree from Strathclyde University Glasgow, Scotland and has
worked as a Regional Director with multinational companies in Africa, where her duties
included continuity planning, the recruitment and localization of expat staff. Anne also worked
with several Boroughs Councils in London and the South East of England, and served as a
Independent Critical Incident Advisor (ICIA) to the Kent Police, for which Anne received an
award in October 2016
Anne founded Ripples Foundation UK Charity (previously BME Concern) in 2005 in the United
Kingdom; to support minorities and new arrivals from Eastern Europe, helping them to settle
into the UK, signposting and offering advice and support to get into employment.
Ripples Foundation started delivering projects in Africa in 2011.
Ripples invests in the economic and social prosperity of the African village women, and youths,
giving them a’ Hand-up’ and not a ‘Hand-out’, and teaching African women and youths to be
responsible for their lives and their future, and giving them the opportunity to work their way out
of poverty with dignity and pride, generating income and investing in the future of their children.
In the USA, Anne is working with Institutions and Universities to ensure that the focus is on the
youth. Ripples offers students opportunities to learn through Internships/Practicum; they can
opt to undertake Cultural Immersion Project trips to live and work in communities where
Ripples has projects, and get to apply their young, smart minds to offer sustainable solutions to
the challenging problems of development in Africa.
Anne is the President of Ripples Foundation USA operations at their new Head Quarters in
Saint Louis Missouri.

Toyin Umesiri

Founder & CEO


Toyin Umesiri is an entrepreneur and the convener of the Trade with Africa Business Summit. After over a decade working in corporate America; at Fortune 1 (Walmart) & Fortune 150 (Whirlpool Corporation), she made the big leap to full time entrepreneurship to follow her passion for Africa.

Toyin's experience spans developing technology solutions and global strategy for Apparel Merchandising, Manufacturing, Finance and Controlling, Logistics and Supply Chain for leading brands. She also led the team responsible for designing the Global Sourcing and Supplier Management solutions at Walmart.

Following a trip to Africa in 2015 she committed to using her skills and global networks built as leverage in empowering people on the African continent. As CEO of Nazaru (www.nazaru.com), she leads a U.S. based company that drives increased U.S. commercial interest in Africa by not only fostering Business to Business (B2B) dialog that leads to mutually beneficial arrangements but also showcasing Africa's exporters and brands.

In 2016 Toyin was featured as a leading and inspirational woman in technology on the platform LEADING WOMEN (www.leadingwomen.com).

Trade with Africa Business Summit is a production of Nazaru LLC and the event derives it's name from the tag line of Nazaru; trade with africa....

Mark Taylor


Olin Business School

Mark P. Taylor’s career has straddled academia and the worlds of business and policy. One of the most highly cited financial economists in the world, he began his career as a foreign exchange trader in the City of London, spent several years as an advisor at the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, and worked as a Managing Director of a large global macro investment fund at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager.
Taylor has taught international economics and finance at Oxford, several other European universities, and New York University’s Stern School. His research has been published extensively in academic and practitioner journals and he is the author of two leading text books in economics. Prior to joining Washington University, he was a professor of finance at Warwick Business School and served as dean there from 2010-2016.

Rob Dunlop

Regional Business Director


I was born and raised in South Africa, in a small town on the east coast of the country. I completed my University studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal which included a BSc (Chemistry and Applied Chemistry), BSc (Honours – Genetics) and MSc (Forestry). I did my Bachelors degree full time and my Honors degree and Masters while I was working as a tree breeder for a small Institute.

While working as a tree breeder I also managed a first division rugby club in South Africa in my spare time. I gained a lot of people management experience during my rugby administration days as well as business experience dealing with suppliers, sponsors and other clubs.

I joined Monsanto in 2004 in South Africa as a member of the corn breeding team. In 2009 I relocated, with my family to Switzerland, to lead Monsanto’s Europe, Middle East and Africa corn breeding team. In 2013, we relocated again, to St Louis to establish a new role within Monsanto to develop a long-term corn technology strategy for Europe, Africa, India, China and Asia Pacific. I then made a significant career move into Monsanto’s sales organization by accepting my current role of Regional Business Director for Illinois. In this role, I am responsible for all the seed, trait, chemistry and digital ag sales in the state of Illinois.

Having grown up in South Africa, worked in other parts of Africa, in India and in parts of Asia I am passionate about bringing technology to farmers of all sizes. Enabling them to sustainably feed their own families and ultimately contribute to feeding the worlds growing population.

I live in Chesterfield, MO with my wife and three teenage daughters. I enjoy the outdoors and in my spare time I like to cycle to stay fit.


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