Under the theme ‘Optimizing your decision-making capacity’, attendees represented over 14 industries from Rwanda’s largest and most influential firms in manufacturing, investment and financial services, real estate, construction, agro-processing, hospitality, ICT and professional services.
In an aim to further establish the summit’s commitment to the private sector and next generation of leaders, seven students from the African Leadership University (ALU) consulting club were invited to participate in the larger conversation.
This year’s summit comes on the heels of Karisimbi Business Partner’s 10-year anniversary in Kigali, Rwanda.
Focusing on the summit theme, the morning long agenda featured exclusive, cutting edge research and analysis from Karisimbi Business Partners, keynote address and breakout workshop sessions led by Rwanda’s leading experts in the fields of business, consulting, finance, and leadership coaching.
This research and analysis revealed effective decision making requires immense self-awareness, as well as awareness of the organizational structure and culture one is working within.
The Kilimanjaro Ballroom space at the Kigali Marriott hotel was transformed into a ‘meetings imagined’ experience, featuring a craft coffee station and an array of live food stations enjoyed by summit attendees prior to entering the summit.
Attendees heard from keynote, Cherno Gaye, CEO of Cogebanque Plc on the importance of achieving collaborative advantage and the importance of profit for sustainable operations and delivering shareholder value.
Followed by a three-part leadership workshop co-facilitated by Annet Baingana, founder of AB Leadership Solutions and Carter Crockett, co-founder and partner of Karisimbi Business Partners; the sessions focused on helping Rwanda-based business leaders better understand how different decision-making styles influence growth and effectiveness, success, and goal accomplishments in current organizations.
Rwanda’s business sector is booming with growth and opportunity, and there is space for all kinds of leaders.
Awareness of these styles will allow leaders in the marketplace to provide expert guidance to the businesses they lead, one decision at a time. "If you look at our landscape now, there are threats all over the place.
If the building blocks of competitive advantage are the activities that we do and the activities change, you stand to lose your competitive advantage", said Cherno Gaye, CEO of Cogebanque Plc.
What the summit revealed, beyond the research gathered, was the strong desire from Rwanda’s leaders to always strive for the excellence.
Now with the second annual Rwanda CEO Summit completed, Karisimbi Business Partners aims to stay committed to hosting this yearly private sector keynote event to spur meaningful dialogue and concrete action that helps encourage new partnerships and develop Rwanda’s private sector.
Karisimbi Business Partners created and produced the 2019 Rwanda CEO Summit in partnership with AB Leadership Solutions, The John Maxwell Team, Cogebanque Plc, Akagera Business Group, Mercedes Benz, Kigali Marriott Hotel, and Rwandair.