Developing the skills to unlock strategic growth
The power of continuous learning

The future of work is here. But are you ready? Do you have the right skills to drive growth in your organisation? Are you confident your team is equipped to deliver on your strategic ambitions?

This Executive Learning Event will introduce senior company leaders and talent executives to practical tools for aligning skill requirements with business goals, through a Masterclass led by AMI Co-Founder Jonathan Cook.

We will hear from visionary leaders on how they have successfully invested in talent and upskilling to unlock strategic growth and performance and will be unveiling AMI’s new workplace learning solution - a practical upskilling platform designed for Africa’s business leaders leveraging global best practise with local context. There will be time for networking with other executives and talent leaders.

19th April 2023

8:00am to 11:30am

6th Floor, Capital Club East Africa, Westlands Road, Nairobi, Kenya

About the event

Rapid changes in technology and the global economy are forcing businesses to rethink the way they operate. One of the most important changes will be in the way we learn and train employees.

In the past, training happened in a traditional classroom setting. Employees were bored. RoI was limited. 

Online learning has changed the delivery approach, but results are still often poor.

There is a better way. Today, smart and ambitious businesses are using modern and evidence-based ‘tech + touch’ approaches to deliver learning that drives real performance and growth – and that employees actually enjoy.

Join us to learn how to embed a true learning culture into your organisation, energize your employees and future-proof your business.

What to expect at the event

  • Access practical tools to assess your staff’s skillsets and capabilities against your company’s strategy – Masterclass led by AMI Co-Founder Jonathan Cook
  • Interactive live panel discussions with industry experts who have successfully leveraged learning to drive business growth
  • Networking with senior executives and talent leaders in Kenya
  • Introduction to AMI’s new upskilling platform for African business leaders, including on-demand learning consultation with AMI experts




Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Cook, Chairman and Co-Founder, AMI

Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in management education, facilitation, coaching, and consulting. Prior to co-founding AMI, Jonathan spent almost 10 years at South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), one of Africa’s leading Business Schools, where he served at various times as a senior lecturer, the Director of Executive Education, Academic Director, Executive Director and finally Director of the Business School till December 2013. He developed a faculty development programme (‘Teaching the Practice of Management’) which was rolled out to top business schools across Africa and chaired the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), leading activities dealing with faculty member training and Dean/Director development.

He is a past chairman of the Association of African Business Schools and of community organisations Tomorrow Trust and Bizschool.

Jonathan is a featured business columnist with BusinessLIVE, a national news website in South Africa.

Panel Speakers

Dr. Laila Macharia, Board Chair (ADMI)

Raised in Kenya, Namibia, and Somalia, Dr. Laila Macharia is the Board Chair of the Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI).

Headquartered in Nairobi, ADMI is Eastern Africa’s premier learn-and-work creative technology community, which over the last 10 years, has trained over 5,000 students from over 30 different countries.

A serial entrepreneur and investor, Macharia serves on the boards of the Aspen Initiative – Africa (Nairobi), Absa Bank of Kenya, and Centum, both listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

Admitted to practice law in Kenya as well as Maryland and New York, Macharia holds a B.A. in Planning & Public Policy from the University of Oregon, a JD and LL.M from Cornell University, and a doctorate in law from Stanford University, all in the United States.

Macharia was honoured in 2021 as one of the Top 100 Kenyans, in 2010 as a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Institute, and in 2012, was named one of the Top 20 Women to Watch in Africa by the Times of London.

Natalie Manga, Program Director, RIKA Learning

Natalie Manga is a strategic Human Capital leader who currently serves as the Programme Director for RIKA Learning, a HPDA and BHI co-founded initiative seeking to build the next generation of Human Capital leaders on the continent.

Prior to joining RIKA, she served as the Lead for Culture and Leadership Development at the Mastercard Foundation where she oversaw the strategy development and implementation of the organisational culture workstream initiatives, with an annual budget of over $1.2million, serving 7 countries of operations. She has gained progressive cross-industry managerial experience in leading organisations including Deloitte East Africa, Safaricom Limited and the Coca Cola Company with technical specialisation in Culture transformations, Talent acquisition, Talent Management, Leadership Development and Organisational Design.

Allan Ong’ang’a, Director of Business Development & Outcomes, Moringa School

Allan is a Kenyan, born and bred, and a football lover at heart. He holds an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Nairobi and has over 10 years of sales and business development experience in telecommunications, micro-forestry, clean-tech, media & entertainment, and education.

A former co-founder of Elimisha Tutors, Allan has been at the forefront of turning Moringa School into the digital learning institution of choice for organizations in Kenya and across East Africa.

This Tony Elumelu and Ygap fellow also enjoys traveling, getting lost in a good book, and immersing himself in new cultures.

Kanini Mutooni, Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Kanini Mutooni is the Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Arica for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors representing $18bn in private assets.  Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, an 8-country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. She is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is currently the Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund, a $250m investment vehicle supported by the UK, US, Canadian, Australian, and Swedish Governments. The fund deploys both grants and risk capital for innovations in emerging markets that impact those living on $5 a day (and below) with a focus on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, clean energy, and Fintech.

Kanini has worked at Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and the US, such as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2014, she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business, the health sector, and global entrepreneurship. She continues to provide strategic investment advice for a number of Africa-focused impact funds such as the $150m African Agriculture SME Fund and the $30m AHL Venture Fund. She was recently appointed as an advisory board member for Union Bank Privee’s (UBP) first listed equities impact fund UBAM.

For Inquiries

Contact:  Stella Akama

Email address: stella@africanmanagers.org

Mobile Number:  +254 720 876 760

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