ShARE, an innovative global start-up at the crossroad of education and consulting, recently launched its "Africa Leadership Programme", which aims to mould and nurture university students into conscious leaders who will embed sustainability at the heart of Africa's growth and development.
BNP Paribas partner with global start-up ShARE for Africa Leadership Programme webinar on company engagement and the role of banking in Africa.
More than 9,000 students and young professionals in Africa took part in the programme, with leading figures from BNP Paribas sharing their insights in a webinar on 9 July. Students heard from Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement BNP Paribas Group; Vikas Khandelwal, Head of Territory for BNP Paribas South Africa; and Chrisdèle M'bemba, Director, Official Institutions Coverage Europe & Africa BNP Paribas. They described BNP Paribas' approach to working with clients to create a better future, outlining business case study examples from Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast and an overview of some of our corporate philanthropy activities in South Africa.
The webinar, which was equally composed of male and female participants from 48 of the 54 African countries, celebrated students as the crucial link in Africa's own awakening and sustainable development planning. Addressing the young professional audience with words of inspiration, Antoine Sire remarked: "Hopefully with the support of companies like BNP Paribas, your generation will be the one which will make a difference. Your talent and knowledge will be the primary resources needed to adapt to a fast-changing global society which is more interconnected than ever."
Taking the opportunity to motivate Africa's potential future leaders regarding the road ahead, Antoine Sire clarified the primary role of banking stating: "While BNP Paribas prides itself for the many philanthropic programmes that we maintain globally, our role as a bank is to finance the economy, thereby helping to advance economic development. Our ability to do so is entirely dependent upon the credit worthiness of borrowers. This credit worthiness is reliant on the business management practices that each of you will enact as you go forward with your professional endeavours, and so your role in the future development of the African economy is absolutely critical."
This sentiment was shared by Sebastien Frendo, Founder and CEO of ShARE: "The resounding takeaway from this discussion is that the evolution of Corporate Africa is very much in the hands of these students and young professionals. Africa is full of bright minds and entrepreneurs who are motivated to support and enable its growth ambitions. However, these students don't usually have the same learning opportunities as those in Europe or the US. Our ambition with this programme is to give African students the same learning opportunities as we offer students in Yale or Oxford. African talents deserve the best and we are dedicated to providing them with the highest level of education possible."
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