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CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

CSR Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa


Thursday 7 September 2017, 18:00-21:30
Salon Razumovsky, Vienna


Countless organisations across the world have voluntarily improved their corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance for financial reasons. Today’s global marketplace increasingly explores opportunities to trade with Africa’s emerging markets through profitable sustainability programs and CSR in view of strengthening skills, tackling climate change, erratic energy supply and weak infrastructure with focus on:
– Education and Training,
– Cleantech Solutions,
– Commercial Agriculture,
– Financial Services.

Why not extend sustainability efforts beyond national borders?
What role does technology play in launching a sustainability program?
What are the benefits and pitfalls?

Aphropean Partners in collaboration with IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Chapter facilitates an open debate about Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa.
Together with a distinguished panel of academic experts and practitioners, we explore strategies that make social responsible international business operational by placing sustainability at the forefront.

WHEN? Thur, 7 September 2017 – 18:00 – 21:30

WHERE IS IT? Salon Razumovsky, Jacquingasse 57, 1030 Vienna

The purpose of discussing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across borders is to realise an alternative approach to penetrate the emerging markets in Africa.

The aim of #FOD17 is to help decision-making on sustainability initiatives, thus attract investors and brand loyalty by understanding sustainable business opportunities in emerging markets.
We will focus on Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in aspects of:
– its customs/culture and consumer expectations,
– opportunities to build local capabilities,
– challenges and pitfalls, and
– how to work with stakeholders to determine impact solutions in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.



Professionals and peers with a mutual interest in sustainability, international trade and relations:
Corporations, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Consultants, Academics and the Curious.

We place emphasis on promoting intercontinental experts and thought leaders based in Austria.


An exclusive and engaging panel discussion with four speakers moderated by the host to address key themes of intercontinental relevance.

The event ambience is in an intimate and international setting including:

– Language: English
Education: 60mins interactive panel discussion and 30mins Q&A
– Entertainment: drinks and snacks, music during networking period
– Price  €10 (students) – €20 (standard) including hors d’oeuvres and drinks (wine, beer, water, juice).

18:00    Reception, Networking
18:30     Welcome and Debate Introduction
18:40     Debate Round One
19:00     Debate Round Two
19:20     Debate Round Three
19:40     Audience Q&A
20:10     Debate Conclusion
20:15     Drinks & Canapes Reception, Networking



#FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue is an event series for entrepreneurs, executives and professionals exploring the opportunities in Africa’s emerging markets. A panel of leaders of thought and practice exchange views on matters concerning business, technology and current affairs in the context of profitable sustainability.

Frontiers of Dialogue helps to expand the understanding of the African consumer, their needs and trends. Participants interact and build relations to actively engage on the internationalisation of their business to the top economies of Sub-Saharan Africa.


Previous topics of #FOD17 included:
Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology (March 2017)
Driving Environmental Performance with Technology (May 2017)

The Afro-Austria Business Summit 2017

The Afro-Austria Business Summit 2017

Celebrating Africa’s New Dynamism

Purple Premium Ltd and Iroko Awards International, in collaboration with Aphropean Partners, invites you to participate in the first Afro-Austria Business Summit with a focus on global business and economic development.

Currently, on tour across Europe, this event provides you with an excellent chance to:

  1. Connect with enterprises who have successfully conquered a stake of the African market.
  2. Learn about the vast opportunities in real estate investments, capacity building, security, packaging industry, project funding and using technology for profitable sustainability solutions.
  3. Meet with industry specific decision makers, government representatives, civil societies and entrepreneurs with a vested interest in Africa’s New Dynamism.

Held on Saturday, 27 May 2017 between 17:00 – 21:00, the Afro-Business Summit will take place at the ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser, 8 Wagramer Strasse, 1220 Wien (near Kaisermühlen U-Bahn station).

The Afro-Austria Business Summit is free, but places are limited, so registration is required. To register, please email events@aphropean.com, call +43 664 494 1020 or click this link.


Richard Obahor, multi-award winning CEO of Purple Premium Ltd and the event host explains.


In the theme of Celebrating Africa’s New Dynamism, the Afro-Austria Business Summit will feature a line of inspiring keynotes, including Speakers (click on the names for bio):

Dr Dayo Olomu – Staying Ahead in a Volatile Business Climate & Digital Age

Rita Isiba – Profiting from Sustainability through Technology in Africa’s Emerging Markets

Hon. Dayo Bush – Business Protection & Security

David Smith – Business & Packaged Opportunities in Nigeria

Herbert Macheiner  – Project Funding

Yemisi Akindele – Grooming Leaders of the 21st Century

Richard Obahor – Real Estate Investment for Nigerian in the Diaspora

Subrinah Dolischka – Moderator


Afro Austria Business Summit


Along with the inspiring and educational keynote sessions, the event will live music and an awards ceremony. The evening will feature a performance by Ola Egbowon, Austria’s critically acclaimed soul & pop artist, who will perform singles from his last album, Love is Alive. The Afro-Austria Business Award is a ceremony for deserving businesses and professionals, including categories:

  • Making a Difference in the Community
  • Excellence in Leadership
  • Excellent Business


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To register for #AfroAustriaBusinessSummit, please email events@aphropean.com, call +43 664 494 1020 or click this link http://bit.ly/AfroAustriaBusinessSummit

Driving Environmental Performance With Technology

Driving Environmental Performance With Technology

This event took place on 4 May 2017.

Technology plays a crucial role in managing environmental performance and achieving sustainable results in Africa’s emerging markets. 

Aphropean Partners in collaboration with the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society invites you to join #FOD17 FRONTIERS OF DIALOGUE.

At this #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue, our panel will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with environmental technology for sustainable development. We will close this inclusive discussion with an opportunity to network over drinks and canapés.

When & Where?

Thursday 4 May 2017 at 18:00h

Our panel involves an exciting line-up of leaders of thought and practice from academia, civil society, public and private sector:


Rita Isiba, MBA, Aphropean Partners


His Excellency, Ambassador S.M. Gitonga,
Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Head of Mission 

Embassy & Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya

Dipl.-Ing Festus Imarhiagbe
Agricultural Scientist
AgrarMarkt Austria

Naomi Morishita, MSc, BSc,
Programme Officer
OeAD Housing Office GmbH

Jesse Ojobor MSc, BSc,
Industrial Resource Efficiency Expert
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Jonathan Schreiber,

#FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue aims to shed light on the role of technology in driving environmental performance, and the opportunities and challenges this presents in Africa.

What we will cover:

  • Key trends moving environmental technology forward in Africa’s emerging markets
  • Challenges faced in improving environmental performance: lessons learned
  • Opportunities for cooperation and transfer of environmental  technology


18:00 – 18:15 
Registration and refreshments
18:15 – 18:30
Welcoming remarks by Rita Isiba, Aphropean Partners
Remarks by Engr. Oluyemi O. Ogundele, NIDOE Austria Chairman
18:30 – 20:00 
Panel Discussion + Q&A with Moderator Rita Isiba
20:00 – 21:00 
Connect over drinks and canapés

Places are limited so to avoid disappointment register now.


6 reasons why you will benefit from #FOD17

This event series exists to give you a motivating mix of inspiring content, great people, music, drinks and snacks. We charge a small fee to create a valuable experience in order for you to: 

  1. Discover from leading experts in academia, private and public sector with international exposure;
  2. Great opportunity to ask questions and share your opinion;
  3. Get up to speed on key trends and issues affecting the way of business and work;
  4. Develop your knowledge for new ideas and approaches in business or work;
  5. Connect offline and meet professionals with international in spirit based in Austria;
  6. Have a great time after working hours with an inspiring mix of great people, music, drinks + snacks 🙂


I do not have a PayPal account. What to do?
Registration fees can be paid at the door.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email the event team – events@aphropean.com .

Is my ticket transferrable?
Yes. If you are unable to attend, please send at least 24 hours before the event and we will give you a credit to use for future events.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will have your name on the list, so we know if you’ve booked or not.

What is the refund policy?
If you don’t turn up to the event you will not receive a refund or be able to transfer your booking to another event.

How to reach the venue?
AFRO-ASIATISCHES INSTITUT  (AAI) is located at Türkenstrasse 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria; Closest U-bahn station is Schottentor. You can plan your full journey with Wiener Linien.


DI. Festus O. Imarhiagbe

DI. Festus O. ImarhiagbeFestus Imarhiagbe is an Agricultural Consultant and Agribusiness expert. He studied Agricultural Economics, Farm Production and Management at the University of Agriculture, Vienna in Austria.

He is currently a Lecturer/an Instructor in Agribusiness Courses in the College of Agriculture and Sustainable Development at Cuttington University, Suakoko in Liberia.

Festus went on Sabbatical leave to support the Liberian University under the sponsorship of USAID. He was a Project/team leader in farm management and subsidy department of agricultural marketing board (AMA) under the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Vienna Austria.

Key qualification in Agricultural economics, farm production and resource management; personal/team leadership management and counselling

He is specialised in plant biology, Aquaculture, Aquaponics, new agricultural-based products and commercialization of new crops (Agribusiness development); Entrepreneurship and Microenterprise, Value Chain Analysis in Commercial Agriculture and in agricultural marketing, quality production and sustainability.

He is also involved in animal feeds formulation, preservation and conservation; new applications of plants for food, flavor, fragrances, health and nutrition, dietary supplements, natural plant products and herbs.

He has served in teaching education and as co–worker in several projects along with studies, consultant (agricultural assistant) for the farmers support projects in Nigeria¸and also currently involved in several projects which seek to enhance economic opportunities in the developing countries, especially in Liberia, such as the establishment of the Agricultural Training Center (ATC) in Bong County, Liberia.

Naomi Morishita, MSc, BSc

Naomi Morishita Naomi Morishita is a doctoral student at the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Faculty of Civil Engineering, Institute of Construction & Technology, Research Center for Building Physics & Sound Protection.

Her dissertation topic develops vernacular Syrian adobe architecture as a basis for developing energy-efficient transitional post-war housing incorporating recycled rubble. She completed her Master’s of Science at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Wien in Building Science & Technology (2010), and her Bachelor of Architectural Science with a Building Science major at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada (2003).

Ms. Morishita has over seven years of research experience in the fields of sustainable construction and energy-efficient buildings. She has been involved in international and regional interdisciplinary research projects relating to total energy use in buildings, on-site renewable energy production, building greening, energy-efficient construction, and energy-related occupant behaviour. She studied the influence of energy-related occupant behaviour on residential thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort on total residential energy use in summer.

She has given lectures to international professionals and university students about architecture, building physics, and thermal comfort. Since 2014, she has been involved in the curriculum development and organisation of the Green.Building.Solutions international summer university program. She has published in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals and also assists academics at all levels with technical writing in English for publication.

Ms. Morishita’s practical experience includes on-site construction management and architectural design services. She has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Slovakia, and Austria. She speaks English and German fluently, as well as French, Japanese and Slovak. She currently lives in Vienna.

Ambassador Samuel M. Gitonga

Ambassador Samuel M. GitongaHis Excellency Ambassador Samuel M. Gitonga is the Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya. The Mission is accredited to the United Nations Agencies and the International organisations in Vienna and to Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Ambassador Gitonga has been serving in this capacity since October 2013.  

He has vast experience in the Kenyan Civil Service in a career spanning over two decades. Prior to his deployment in Austria, he serviced as Ambassador and Director of the Americas Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya. As Director, he was responsible for matters all emanating from North America and Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he worked at the Foreign Service Institute as the Deputy Director. He also served as First Counsellor and Head of Chancery at the Kenya High Commission in Uganda.

He was the first Head of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2003 and 2004 and oversaw the installation of the first Local Area Network (LAN) in Ministry during this period. He also served in the Administration as Second Counsellor and as First Secretary in the Europe and Commonwealth Division, Africa and AU Division in the same Ministry. In the formative years of his career, he served as a Third Secretary deployed at Kenya Mission to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations (UN) Division in the Foreign Ministry.

In Central Government, he has worked in the Kenyan Provincial Administration in Office of the President as Acting District Commissioner and District Officer having served in seven districts in four provinces in the Country. In the mid-1990’s he served in the Ministries of Land Reclamation Regional and Water Development, Environment and Natural Resources and Water Resources as Assistant Secretary, Senior Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary.

Educational Background
Ambassador Gitonga holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in International Business from Kampala International University, a postgraduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Kurukshetra University in India.

His professional qualifications include:

  • Talent Management Course at the Kenya Institute of Administration
  • Strategic Leadership Development Programme at the Kenya Institute of Administration  
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Governance Course at Kampala International University
  • Certificate In Corporate Directorship with the Commonwealth Association For Corporate Governance (CACG)
  • Report Writing and Presentation Seminar at the Kenya Institute of Administration  
  • Advanced Public Administration Course at the Kenya Institute of Administration  
  • Short Course In German at the Abendrealschule in Bonn, Germany


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