Kampala- Business people are set to benefit from the 6th Monitor Thought Leaders Forum on Thursday, as discussion on how they can sustain their enterprises will be the main point of focus.
Addressing journalists at the Daily Monitor offices yesterday, Mr Tony Glencross, the managing director, revealed that Ugandans voted for the Kenyan born Micheal Joseph speak to them on how he transformed Safari Telecom, disrupting Kenya’s banking industry with M-pesa, which has made it one of the most profitable and most liquid companies in East Africa.
“We do this in every conference by asking the participants to name the person they would like to come and speak to them,” he said.
He is celebrated for officiating at the marriage of Telkom Kenyal, which he found with a subscriber base of 20,000, merged it with Vodafone UK and re-launched it as Safaricom to 17m subscribers.
He joins the growing list of business icons who have come to share their experiences with Ugandans previously.
They include former Vice President of Apple and Kodak Don Strickland, former President General Electric and former CEO Google and Portugal Isabel Aguilera, President of Mara Group Ashish Thakkar, CEO of Bidco group and Daniel Sieberg Vimal Shah.
This year, the forum is sponsored by Barclays Bank, Pearl of Africa Hotel, NSSF, Housing Finance and Roofings Group.
Ugandan chief executive officers will be treated to a luncheon with Micheal Joseph to discuss matters affecting the economy and legacy, among others. According to Mr Richard Byarugaba, the managing director of National Social Security Fund (NSSF), building a legacy is a challenge to many Ugandans.
Citing Mr Joseph, whose work left Safaricom as a highly profitable establishment, the pension fund manager urges Ugandans to participate in such fora to grow their businesses. Meanwhile, Barclays Bank through its partnership with the Monitor Publications program, encourages people to learn from Mr Joseph’s experience and get new ideas and advice on startups that will ensure that the economy is driven to a new level.