Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry: In conversation with the world’s first ever AI minister Omar Bin Sultan Olama

CNBC Africa talks to the world’s first ever Artificial Intelligence minister Omar Bin Sultan Olama about how new technology can increase knowledge and help prevent car accidents.

How this software giant plans to move Africa & Dubai entrepreneurs to an admin-free world by 2020

Software giant Sage hopes to move entrepreneurs based in Africa and the Middle East to an admin-free world by 2020. The man in charge of executing that strategy is Pieter Bensch, a former boss at global technology group Hewlett Packard Enterprise and now Executive Vice President of Sage Africa & Middle East....

Captains of Industry: Amazon Web Services’ Zubin Chagpar’s vision for Africa

His father was born in Zanzibar; his parents eloped from India to Canada with $50 and two suitcases. When he got into computers he didn’t even know what the inside of one looked like. This is the colourful story of Zubin Chagpar, Head of Middle East & Africa, Public Sector, AWS on his family journey from a beach in Zanzibar to one of the biggest companies in the world....

How this Captain of Industry is making a business out of spreading the word in Africa

Lionel Reina, CEO of the APO Group, a man born in France, now based in Dubai, with his heart in Africa, who has made a business out of spreading the word in Africa with the help of digital technology....

Captains of Industry: Africa is the growth hotspot

Africa is still the growth hotspot despite its many challenges including lack of sufficient infrastructure, policy uncertainty and high bureaucracy. That's according to this week’s Captain of Industry, Dubai-based Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa who says doing business on the continent needs a long-term view....

Captains of Industry: Mastercard’s Raghu Malhotra on why Africa is the future

On Captains of Industry this week CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop talks to Raghu Malhotra, President of Mastercard for Africa and the Middle East talks of business opportunity and how he was inspired by the courage of his army officer father....

Captains of Industry: Bruno Grippay on why the youth will drive electric vehicle growth in Africa

When will we all be driving electric cars in Africa? Very soon according to Bruno Grippay the head of Nissan for Africa and the Middle East. Grippay talks business and Brexit in Captains of Industry on CNBC Africa....

Meddy on how he turned music into a career in Rwanda

Rwanda's creative industry is one of the youngest in East Africa and it is steadily growing despite the challenges. On this episode of Captains of Industry, Meddy, one of the successful artists in the country shares his journey, investment opportunities in the music industry and how he managed to breakthrough and a sustainable living out of his passion....

Kariuki Ngari shares his 28 years’ experience in Kenya’s banking Sector

In this episode of Captains of Industry, we had a conversation with one of the key players in Kenya's banking sector. Kariuki Ngari, CEO and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya has over 28 years’ experience in the sector and he has been instrumental in formulating global strategies in digitisation of the bank as well as revision of branch models and standards....

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Zimbabwe’s Landela agrees to buy state-owned gold mines, seeks more assets

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s Landela Mining Venture has reached agreements to take over and revive four idle state-owned gold mines and is...

South Africa’s National Treasury says “no further action” to bailout SAA airline

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s National Treasury said on Friday there was “no further action” planned to bailout struggling national airline...

Fitch expresses doubt over SA’s debt consolidation plans

Just last week finance minister Tito Mboweni outlined the emergency budget to nurse South Africa through the Covid-19 crisis. A big part of this budget was a plan for South Africa to get its debt under control within four years. Fitch Ratings, the agency that downgraded South Africa in April doubts whether South Africa can do this. CNBC Africa’s Chris Bishop spoke to Jan Friederich, Senior Director of Fitch Ratings for more.

Rwanda, USAID sign over $643.8 mn deal to support trans-formative development

Rwanda has signed a financing agreement with the USAID worth about $643.8 million to support Rwanda’s development efforts in the next five years. Moreover, Rwanda Convention Bureau announced the reopening of meetings and conferences. Edwin Ashimwe, Journalist with The New times joins CNBC Africa for more.

How COVID-19 is reshaping Kenya’s education system

On the continent, there has been an increased awareness of the impact of cultural practices on educational achievement that has challenged the education systems. In Kenya, the government is investing in all forms of education; however, experts have noted that for the rise of automation and technological advancements to be effective, an updated skill set is required. Ayub Odida, Researcher at ACAL Consulting joins CNBC Africa for more.