Jonathan Berman of the Milken Institute will educate Houstonians about Africa through personal experience and his own expertise.Described by many as 'the last great frontier,' Africa houses the youngest population in the world and seven of the world's fastest growing economies. Three quarters of Africa's growth in recent years have been outside of natural resources, yet most U.S. investment in Africa is in this very sector. However, a shift is emerging in how Western corporations are tackling development issues in growth-potential nations. A number of CEO's are proactively engaging with emerging market governments to spur economic development and create opportunities for their companies. In addition, national governments are responding to a more empowered citizenship, and looking for corporate partners to achieve their development goals. Companies that fill that need effectively are doing more than reacting to development. They are playing development to win.
Jonathan Berman will address specific examples of Western corporations that are taking this approach, and how it's managed, particularly during the commodity down-cycle.
Jonathan Berman is a fellow of the Milken Institute and an advisor, author, and investor. He was previously a partner and head of the corporate practice at the strategy firm Dalberg. He has advised numerous global Fortune 500 companies on entry and operations in emerging and frontier markets, focusing on the political and economic dynamics that drive shareholder value. His views have appeared in The New York Times, theWall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Harvard Business Review, where he writes a regular feature on global markets, uncertainty, and leadership.
Mr. Berman is the author of Success in Africa: CEO Insights from a Continent on the Rise, featuring the views of global and African CEO's on the unique dynamics of fast-growth markets. His book will be available for purchase at the program taking place on Wednesday, March 4th. Time is 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the John Cooper School , - One John Cooper School at The Performing Arts Center The Woodlands, Texas 77381. Event is sponsored by the Shell Oil company at brought by the World Affairs Council of Houston’s The Woodland Series.