United States International University Africa hosted the first Chancellors public lecture on June 7th 2017. The lecture saw industry leaders, policy makers, government, researchers, academia, civil society and students discuss how to leverage on the digital disruptions and designing the preferred future.
The Chancellor’s public lecture has been designed to inform, educate, catalyze conversations, and lead to solutions and action. The public lectures will be an annual event from which leaders in different sectors will provide direction and strategy for solving the many challenges that we face as a country.
USIU-Africa’s Chancellor, Manu Chandaria in his opening remarks pointed out that it is not only his but the university’s ambition to reclaim the place of public lectures in catalyzing thought and debate on key issues affecting society. Discussions can also emphasize the importance of universities as an incubation center for evidence-based solutions to our society. “We also want to create an avenue for serious discussions between the private sector, government, the media, civil society, the general public, researchers, lecturers and students to discuss key issues that affect society,” he added.
Chronicaling the phases of disruption, keynote speaker Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore urged the audience to ride the wave of change and be part of defining Africa’s future.“Digital disruption is no longer a novel phenomenon. It impacts each industry and economic sector in myriad ways. Every sector has experienced upheaval in one form or another and disruption is currently transforming the business world in a myriad of ways…disruption does not always mean adopting the latest technology – sometimes it means simply re-using existing technology for new purposes” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore in his speech.