8th Annual International Leadership Conference 2018

Conference Theme: ““African Business Leaders: Creating the Change Africa needs””

Dates: July 17 – 20, 2018

The current political economic system has favoured capitalism which has created numerous products and wealth for a large number
of people. The West with all its wealth as it is known today is a product of capitalism. It is being said that it is Africa’s time to transform economically. But Africa has had the challenges, lack of entrepreneurs (business leaders), lack of capital, inability to adopt and absorb modern technology and even simply competition from the Multinational companies (MNCs). Africa continues to export products with no value added. Not only does it export agricultural products but also its minerals without value addition.

The largest number of business leaders in Africa are in South Africa, a country endowed with numerous minerals which it has used
to provide first class infrastructure. The other business leaders are in the Arab Africa which are also endowed with oil. There are few
in Nigeria. The big projects in Africa especially sub Saharan Africa are undertaken by foreign companies! This is due to absence of
credible African businesses. Today, China is claiming Africa both at the government level and personal level. There is a big Chinese
invasion of Africa. We are proud of Dangote but where are the rest of the African business leaders? This conference will focus on
business leadership in Africa and invites presentations on the state of Africa’s business focusing on leadership of business in Africa.
Where is the leadership?

Conference Theme
The MUBS Leadership Centre announces the 8th Annual International Leadership Conference (AILC) under the theme “African Business Leaders: Creating the Change Africa needs” to be held between July 17-20, 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda. The conference will be held under the following sub themes:

Conference sub-themes
• Where are the African business leaders
• Women of influence in business in Africa
• The leading youth in entrepreneurship
• From slums to high rises: the role of business leaders
• The African Corporation
• Corporate Governance in Africa

The Conference Vision
Identifying weaknesses in African business leadership and why Africa is dominated by foreign businesses and to generate ways ahead

Conference Mission
Stimulate thinking about engaging Africa to do business

Conference goals
• The conference seeks to explore the following goals
• Identify bottlenecks to developing African business leaders
• To establish who the women of influence in business are and why with a view of picking lessons
• To identify bottlenecks to youth leadership in business
• To establish how the slums in Africa can be transformed into organized urban areas
• To examine the role of regional organisations in transforming Africa
• Examine the status of corporate governance and its impact on business in Africa

7th Annual International Leadership Conference 2017

Conference Theme: “Has African leadership failed? Why does Africa Continue to be Poor”


In the developed countries there is a common reference to “failed States” ordinarily referring to African nations. It is also true that now and again that developed countries refer to themselves as “Civilized Nations”. This means the developing world is “uncivilized!” These conditions must be as a result of the years of leadership in different countries in Africa. But is this true? The success of a nation and indeed of an organization depends on its leadership. If African countries are Failed States or “uncivilized” this must be a result of failed leadership in Africa. If true why and if not why are they pronounces as so.

Notable African leaders that have had dreams of the future of Africa include the iconic Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Abdul Nasser Gamel and Muama Gaddafi among others. While they have foot prints of ideas, there are no foot prints of transformation. Africa continues to be a place where poverty is rampant, peace is elusive as conflict rages on, Governance in Africa continues to be a challenge with rampant corruption. After so many years of independence, Africa remains backward Failed states and Uncivilized. Some schools of thought attribute this to neo-colonialism, the potency of capitalism and how it had blocked Africa’s development initiatives. Others blame it on developed world manipulation of African leaders and Africa’s economic policies. Others blame it on leaders themselves. Has African leadership failed?

Conference Theme
The MUBS Leadership Centre announces the 7th Annual International Leadership Conference under the theme “Has African leadership failed?” The conference will be held November 29-1st December, 2017. We invite policy papers and case studies under the following sub-themes

Conference sub-themes
a.) Pan Africanism, is it dead?
b.) It is time for the youth to take charge
c.) Propelling women into leadership
d.) Governance and economic growth
e.) Peace and conflict

The conference will provide opportunity to political leaders, corporate leaders, practitioners, researchers and other stake holders in the area of leadership and governance to discuss topical issues of leadership and development. The conference will focus on how leadership can be used to stimulate development in the African context

The Conference Vision
The conference will provide opportunity to clear understanding of the relationship between leadership and economic development and why African countries lag behind.

Conference Mission
To provide leadership and governance solutions to Africa’s development challenges.

Conference goals
a. To explore why Pan Africanism has failed
b. To learn from previous leadership experiences about how development can be used to create growth
c. Establish whether youth are ready for leadership and how they can be brought on board
d. Asses the level of women inclusion in leadership and devise means of enhancing it.
e. Establish whether governance has a relationship with economic development
c. Establish why there is conflict in Africa and how to overcome it.

The conference is a policy, practitioner conference. However, it does not reject academic papers if presented. We expect the following:

Format for papers
a) An abstract not exceeding 300 words.
     The abstract should capture the objectives of the presentation and key issues being discussed along with conclusions

b) Presentation of between 6 and 15 slides
    . The slides should include a title and affiliation of presenters
    . The rest of the slides should include the objectives of the presentation
    . At least 50% of the slides should be about the issues being presented
    .It is preferable that it has a conclusion slide and recommendations slide.

1. Full paper of between 8-16 pages

c) The full paper will take the following format:
     a. Introduction, which ordinarily introduces the subject matter of discussion
     b. The objectives of the presentation, which should bring out the reason why the presentation is being made.
     c. Methodology, which should indicate how the information was collected for the paper being written?
     d. Please note that there is no need for details of methodology as contained in the academic papers
     e. Presentation of facts, which are the facts regarding the concept or the issue being discussed
     f. The discussion, which is your analysis of the facts presented.
     g. Conclusions, which is what you draw from the analysis

Note: If it is an academic paper, submission guidelines are on this link CLICK HERE (http://www.mubs.ac.ug/22aimc/instructions-for-authors/


The Centre causes discussion of topical issues on leadership and governance under its quarterly seminars.  It also identifies competent key speakers and discussants depending on the subject matter to be discussed. The seminars have attracted attention of Policy makers, Scholars, politicians and the general public. Three seminars were held in the year under the following topics:

  1. The 19th Seminar under the theme: “Dealing with youth challenges” was held on August 15,2013
  2. The 20th seminar was held under theme: “The impact of decentralization in Uganda” on November 28 , 2013
  3. The 21st Seminar was also held under the theme: “Does Corporate Governance matter in Business Performance” on February 20, 2014