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KBA to convene virtual conference for gender diversification

by Oloo Winnie

The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) is set to convene the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance from 15th to 16th October 2020. The virtual summit will bring together senior women officials from more than 10 countries. The online event will enable networking, exchange of ideas, and inevitably promote gender diversity in leadership.

Themed “Breaking Barriers and Redefining Leadership in Africa,” the e-conference sponsors are KBA, DTB, Stanbic, Mastercard, Safaricom and Strathmore Business School. Other strategic partners are Rwanda Bankers Association, Bankers Association of Zambia, New Faces New Voices, a network organization under the Graca Machel Trust, and Kenyan Wallstreet, a leading digital business media content platform. The e-summit will consist of fireside chats, panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions.

KBA CEO, Dr. Habil Olaka said, “The e-conference topics have been designed to showcase the immeasurable opportunity a gender inclusive leadership has on the overall performance of an organization.” He called on financial service providers and corporates across Africa to tap into the different viewpoints emanating from a diverse leadership team to aid further innovation.

The pertinent topics set to be covered include the impacts of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the financial services sector, and transformational leadership and cross-generational culture management approaches.

The former World Bank Treasurer Ms. Arunma Oteh, who currently serves as an Academic Scholar at St. Antony’s College, as well as, an Executive-in-Residence at SAID Business School, at University of Oxford, is confirmed as the Keynote Speaker. Prior to the World Bank, Ms. Oteh served as Nigeria’s Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Central Bank of Kenya Deputy Governor Sheila M’Mbijjewe and Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor Rekha Mhango are confirmed as Guests of Honour.

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