All is now set for the Uturn Africa Stakeholders Forum tagged “Catalyzing Collaboration for Effective Social Change & Impact”, which will hold at the Eko Hotel & Suites, July 1, 2010. The forum will attract several corporations, foundations and donor organizations. Keynote speakers include the Chairman/MD Chevron Nigeria Mr. Andrew Fawthrop and the Lead Economist, Finance/Private Sector Unit, The World Bank Africa.
Uturn Africa works to empower corporations, businesses & indigenous civil society organizations operating in Africa and other emerging countries succeed in their social responsibility initiatives through collaborative partnerships. It will be recalled that the firm piloted a highly successful stakeholders’ forum at the same venue in 2009, which attracted several multinationals, indigenous corporations and civil society organizations. 2010 sponsors of the forum include Shell (SPDC), First Bank, Chevron, MTN Foundation and Stanbic IBTC.
Doyin Oluntona, CEO and Co-founder of Uturn Africa said, The complexity and scale of Africa’s problems’ demand we raise our game. The social sector cannot achieve effective impact without forging cross-sector partnerships and alliances. The imperative to collaborate is NOW.
Uturn Africa Forum 2010 will engage the region’s most influential leaders from all sectors in critical discussions designed to create partnerships, networks, knowledge and collaborative pathways between the social, academic and private sectors.
Oluntona expressed gratitude to corporations that participated in last year’s forum for their effective knowledge sharing, noting that several progressive collaborations ensued as a result of the forum; notable is the collaboration between Standard Charted Bank and Ajegunle.org.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all our consultants, participants and corporations for their incredible support and their willingness to share best strategies for success. We hope our involvement in bridging the gap between the corporations and the civil sector in Nigeria will demonstrate to others the need to help build, nurture and provide sustainable resources for the social sector in Nigeria,” she said.
Commenting on the leadership of the organizers, Jay Pryor, Vice President Chevron Corporation, an advisory board member for Uturn Concepts (Uturn Africa) said that the leadership of the firm is “Very knowledgeable and strategic in positioning organizations to achieve unprecedented milestones”. Other Advisory board members include Dr. Oby Ezekwensili, VP for Africa, The World Bank, Carol Pineau, journalist and author “Africa Open for Business” and “Africa Horizons” and Nathan Kalumbu, President, East and Central Africa Coca-Cola.
The forum series will also hold in Accra, Ghana at Labadi Beach Hotel July 8, 2010. According to the organizers, interested participants could visit www.uturnconcepts.com for more information.