Prof Elmarie Venter, Director of the Family Business Unit, attended the Family Business Conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, May 24th 2018. The theme for the Conference was Build a flourishing and resilient family business.   

The Family Business Conference 2018 brought together over 70 family business owners from the region to explore issues that affect family businesses.  The industry sectors represented included:  manufacturing, hospitality, education, health, security, retail, construction and real estate. Family businesses of all sizes are interested in strengthening their family business structures.

The conference sought to help business families manage succession and look into some of the issues that may arise when formulating succession plans.

The programme included presentations and panel sessions and a keynote address from a renowned family business expert Prof Elmarie Venter on Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurial Practices.  Prof Venter also shared her experience working with family businesses and also spoke on entrepreneurship within the family business.

The feedback received from participants was overwhelmingly positive with participants stating that the programme met their expectations for the event and that it was a valuable investment for the family.

ABOVE: Prof Venter with Joseph Okelo, Partner and Chairperson of the AFBE (Association of Family Business Enterprises) Kenya and Antoinette Wa-Tindi, Director - Partnership and Membership services, AFBE Kenya