Frost & Sullivan Brings Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) to Africa

The Growth Partnership Company is hosting its first African congress in August

Cape Town, South Africa, May 28, 2011 --( Across the globe, CEOs identify growth as their number one priority. However, many feel that they lack effective tools to overcome the challenges that prevent them from achieving their growth targets.

Nowhere are these factors more evident than in Africa, where the enormous potential for growth is matched only by the challenges business face in achieving it. Issues such as restrictive regulatory environments, geo-political instability and difficulty in raising capital are uppermost in the minds of many CEOs on the continent.

Finding effective ways to address these challenges and accelerate growth will be the key messages of GIL 2011: Africa, Frost & Sullivan's inaugural Growth, Innovation and Leadership event on the continent. As a high-level congress aimed at CEOs and their senior management teams, GIL 2011: Africa will help businesses to find ways of unlocking their potential and delivering effective growth strategies.

The keynote address at the event will be delivered by Frost & Sullivan Chairman David Frigstad, who will examine the CEO's perspective on growth.

“The modern CEO operates in a complex business universe, in which many different factors are constantly moving and changing,” Mr. Frigstad says. “Frost & Sullivan's model provides an integrated industry perspective that gives the CEO a solid platform from which they can develop effective growth strategies.”

Importantly, the CEO needs support in this endeavor.

“No one person can handle this on their own,” Mr. Frigstad says. “ The CEO needs to create an independent group of senior managers focused on long-term growth strategies. This we call the CEO's growth team, and it should be made up of people who are optimistic, dynamic team players and who think outside the box. This growth team must operate in an environment of growth, innovation and leadership.”

CEOs and their growth teams will be the key beneficiaries of GIL 2011: Africa. Apart from Mr. Frigstad's address, delegates will also have the opportunity to evaluate the most pressing factors affecting their companies over the next decade with Frost & Sullivan Partner Dorman Followill. His presentation entitled “Top 10 Mega-Trends – Insight into 2020 and Beyond” will guide discussions on the changing global business environment.

This address will be complimented by interactive sessions on innovation and the keys to succeeding in African markets. Delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with Frost & Sullivan's industry experts and their peers in six “Industry Think Tank Tracks” covering the areas of Energy & Power; Chemicals, Materials & Food; ICT; Healthcare; Mining; and Manufacturing Automation & Process Control.

“Bringing the Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership to Africa is part of our programme of supporting businesses on the continent,” says Frost & Sullivan Partner and Director of Operations for Africa Phil Howarth. “GIL 2011: Africa will offer unique insights to CEOs wanting to make the most of the African growth story.”

GIL 2011: Africa will be held at The Westin Grand, Arabella Quays in Cape Town on 25 August 2011.

For more information on joining this unique global community, or to inquire about speaker, sponsorship and media partnership opportunities for GIL 2011: Africa, please e-mail Mani James, at

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