Zoomlion boss urges Harvard Univ. to help African businesses to boost efficiency

Chairman of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, has urged Harvard University to design special business models to help African businesses to upgrade their operational efficiency. In the view of the business mogul, in order to succeed in the fast evolving landscape of business in Africa, companies need staff who possess new knowledge in leadership, management and finance. Dr. Siaw Agyapong indicated that it is only by such personnel development that Africa can be competitive in the global business space. He said his company, Zoomlion, which is providing integrated waste management solutions in Ghana, is positioning its staff to hone their skills using Harvard University’s Centre for African Studies as learning grounds. Dr. Siaw Agyapong, is currently in Johannesburg attending Harvard Center for Africa Studies Advisory Board meeting. He was appointed to the advisory board for his immense role in giving waste management in Africa. The Council believes Dr Siaw Agyepong’s skills and pragmatic knowledge on leadership and entrepreneurship will help in the development and growth of the Harvard University’s center. The meeting assembles top African Entrepreneurs, Policy Makers and Specialists in various fields to broaden public and scholarly awareness about Africa, African experiences and African perspectives. Speaking on the sidelines of a closed door meeting, Dr. Siaw Agyapong said applying modern business tactics to African entrepreneurship will rebrand waste administration and render it attractive, especially for developing countries suffering with the disease burden of poor sanitation. Board members serve as ambassadors for the Centre and assist in shaping the field of African Studies, intellectually and institutionally. Other members of the Advisory Board   include it’s Chairman, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, llesanmi Adeseda Prof. Emiratus of Illinois at Urban- Champaign, Folorunso Alakija, Executive Vice Chair of Famfa Oil Ltd, K.Y. Amoako, President and Founder, African Centre of Economic Transformation, Myma Belo-Osagie Partner, Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie Law Firm, Paul Farmer, Kolokotronts University, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and  Havard; Chief Strategist and Co-Founder; Partners in Health. The rest are,  Donald Kaberuka, African High Rep, AU Peace Fund, Kola Karim, Chairman of Board of Directors, Storeline Natural Resources, Carole Kariuki, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Chris Kirubi, Director Centum,  Paul Maritz Chairman of the Board; Pivotal, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motsepe Foundation and Sizwe  Nxasan, Founder Sifiso Learning Group. Also on the board are, Ory Okolloh, Director of Investment, Omidyar Network, Garvin Rajah, Creative Director; Garvin Rajah Atelier, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and, Magda Wierzyoka, Chief Executive, Sygnia Asset Management.

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