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BEN-Africa 19th Annual Business Ethics Conference

Africa beyond 2020 – Ethical Reflections, Transformational Possibilities    

            Virtual Conference: 6 November 2020 

When we were planning our 2020 conference, we originally positioned our theme ‘Ethical possibilities, transformational possibilities’ as an opportunity to reflect upon the ethics story, more particularly the business ethics story, that has been and could be told about Africa. We envisaged conversations about, inter alia, national factors and global trends which might facilitate or counter against BEN-Africa achieving greater success in its mission to strengthen the commitment and competence of Africans to do business with moral integrity.

Since the original announcement of our 2020 conference at the beginning of the year, every single corner of the globe has affected and upended by the (still-ongoing) CoVID 19 pandemic. In line with global developments BEN-Africa has decided that this year’s conference will be a virtual conference. Our original theme has proved most prescient, and while we don’t wish our conference to be regarded as yet another CoVID 19 conference, we also cannot ignore the transformational possibilities that the pandemic now presents us with and which will have a major impact on any such conversations for the foreseeable future. In keeping with our vision and mission as an Africa based, and Africa focused network we will retain the focus of our efforts of these transformational possibilities for Africa, as well as reflecting on the practices, structures, and paradigms that have brought us to this point.

To this end we will be presenting three panel discussions to be held on 6 November between 9:00 and 14:00 ( Time zone South Africa : GMT+2) 

The themes and the times for the panel discussions will be as follows:

9:00 -10:00 (GMT+2)

Panel 1: Reflecting on the past 20 years of business ethics education and training in Africa, and the transformational possibilities in migrating business ethic and education online.

  • Prof Obiora Ike, CEO Globethics
  • Professor Marilise.E. Smurthwaite, ex Academic Dean St Augustine College, South Africa
  • Mr Johnson Ireri, Director University Advancement, University of Nairobi
  • Moderator: Prof Deon Rossouw , CEO, The Ethics Institute

10:15 – 11:15 (GMT+2)

Panel 2:  Reflecting on the past 20 years of the ethics of the environment and environmental policy in Africa, and the transformational possibilities for business in meeting these challenges through CSR, Social Impact and Corporate Citizenship programmes.

  • Prof Johan Hattingh, Centre for Applied Ethics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Dr Bolanle Erinosho, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Mr Daniel Ogbonnaya, Programme Coordinator,  Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Rwanda
  • Moderator: Mr Steve Nicholls, NBI (National Business Initiative), South Africa

11:30 – 12:30 ( GMT+2)

Panel 3:  Reflecting on the past 20 years of the ethics of the accounting and auditing profession, and the transformational possibilities of migrating to virtual methods and practices.

  • Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu, Chairperson, KPMG, South Africa
  • Dr Magdeline Ramaboea,  Founding Director,  Triumphant Eagle International , CFO (SA)
  • Moderator: Ms Catherine Juma, CEO of Centwise Consulting, Kenya

The cost of attending any one or all of the panels is complimentary.

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We will also be hosting our quadrennial AGM from 13:00 – 14:00. We invite you to attend and make recommendations to the incoming EXCO on business ethics related matters affecting Africa you would like seen taken up in the following four-year term.  

Finally, for all of those who had been looking forward to meeting in person in November in the wonderful seaside town of Swakopmund, Namibia, we can reassure you that we have every intention of hosting 2021 conference at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund, Namibia . So save the date 4-5 November 2021.




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