Ramesh Awtaney to speak at London Business School Africa Business Summit


Ramesh Awtaney, a visionary Indian-African entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist and the Founder and Chairman of iSON Group, Africa’s technology and BPO specialist, has been invited to speak at the 16th African Business Summit to be held at the London Business School on 22 April 2017.

This year’s Summit will focus on Made in Africa and will explore how Africa’s governments, companies and entrepreneurs are finding innovative solutions to move the continent beyond commodity-dependence.

Awtaney’s Thought Leadership Session at the event in London Business School will focus on “Bringing Intellectual Property (IP) To Work”.

Under Awtaney’s leadership spanning over 28 years, iSON Group has expanded its presence in 29 countries with more than 12 500 employees.
In 2016, Awtaney was also recognized by ASSOCHAM as the India-Africa Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ison, with its headquarters in Nigeria and Kenya, has created 10 000 skilled jobs in Africa alone using its “IP to Work” model.

At the Africa Business Summit, Awtaney will also participate in a panel on the theme, “Innovation: Changing the game, sustainable solutions fuelling the next phase of Africa’s economic development.

“I’m honored to be called upon at this Summit at the London Business School to share from my experiences about Made in Africa. Over the past 7 years, iSON Group has been focusing on making it possible to take “IP to work” as against the conventional industry practice of taking work to IP. This has helped us generate large-scale employment and economic growth in Africa. From our headquarters in Nairobi and Lagos, iSON is adding business value for clients all over the world, proudly with a Made in Africa label. Buoyed with the success of our IP to work model, I am confident that even if 10% of the industry adopts it, we can add exponential velocity in disappearing several of Africa’s challenges relating to jobs, economic prosperity, health, education and public services,” says Ramesh Awtaney, ISON Group Founder and Chairman.


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