THE stage is set for the second edition of the Stanbic IBTC Business Leadership Series, an annual forum designed to help create deeper connections and build a new cadre of leadership among people and businesses in Nigeria. The event, with the theme Digitizing Your Business for Sustainability, is slated for the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday October 8, 2015.
Speaking in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mrs. Sola David-Borha, said this year’s theme builds from insights from the maiden edition, which had the theme, ‘Leadership in The Digital and E-Commerce Age.’
As Nigeria attempts to diversify its economy, especially by stimulating the growth of the small and medium enterprises sector, Mrs. Sola David-Borha said there is every need to highlight the role of digital technology in economic development. Diversification of the economy has become imperative given the volatile commodities market among other reasons.
With internationally acclaimed rocket scientist, motivational speaker and innovator, Siyabulela Xusa, and CEO and Founder of Interswitch Limited, Mr. Mitchel Elegbe, headlining the event, participants and the Nigerian business community will be availed strategic insights into today’s global digital economy and how to harness it for development of the Nigerian economy. Strategic indicators into opportunities from which SME operators, budding entrepreneurs and the Nigerian business community can gain valuable knowledge on how to successfully navigate today’s business landscape will be examined. The forum will also provide a platform for key thought leaders to discuss current economic issues.
David-Borha said the initiative, reinforces Stanbic IBTC’s commitment to the attainment of Nigeria’s developmental aspirations, while also benefiting clients, businesses, professionals and the industry at large. “We will be looking at business leadership from various angles. Key focus will be given to leadership in the digital age and how e-Commerce is changing the face of business globally,” she added
Participants, majorly Stanbic IBTC clients, are expected from both the public and private sectors, including experts, investors, regulators, captains of industry and the business community.
Xusa, who won global acclaim for developing a cheaper and safer rocket fuel, is expected to engage stakeholders in discussions on how Africa can chart its own path and create prosperity for the continent. In an interview, he said, “I may not be able to predict what the future holds. But I am excited at how my engineering education will enable me to achieve my aspirations for Africa”. “My mother told me that even if a planet is named after you, you should always remain down-to-earth.”
Mitchel Elegbe, often addressed as Mr. Cashless for his strident quest to modernize Nigeria’s payment system, will provide a scorecard on the journey to a cashless economy, while the story of Interswitch, which he has nurtured into a leading brand in Nigeria’s e-Commerce landscape, will further elucidate on the power of digital technology. His story was so compelling, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) wrote a book on him titled “Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid,” highlighting his accomplishments as an innovator and strategist.
The Stanbic IBTC Business Leadership Series fits into the Standard Bank Group’s strategic goal of leveraging its international expertise and global reach to advance the development of emerging markets globally, with special focus on Africa, David-Borha said. The Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest banking group by assets and market capitalization, has been in operation for 153 years and has direct, on-the-ground representation in 20 African countries. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a full service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.

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