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STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL 11TH ANNUAL SME CONFERENCE AND EXPO

Strathmore University Business School recently hosted its 11th Annual SME Conference and Expo, centered on the theme of Sustainability and Climate Resilience with a specific focus on Creating Opportunities for SMEs. The objective of the two-day event was to shift the perspective on sustainability and climate resilience from being perceived as compliance burdens to recognizing them as catalysts for innovation, competitive advantage, economic growth, and societal impact.

MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Development Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani with members of the Climate Change Committee and MSEs during the conference and expo

MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Development Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani represented the Director General Mr. Henry Rithaa as a key panelist discussing policy and collaboration at the Conference and Expo. He emphasized the significance of empowering MSEs to enhance their adaptive capacity, mitigate environmental risks, unlock innovative business opportunities, and ensure long-term sustainability and viability.

He added that the Kenyan Government is actively implementing policy interventions in areas such as financing, research and development, technical training, and investments in energy efficiency, green financing, and water usage. These measures aim to support MSEs in upgrading their production processes to align with sustainability standards in global value chains.

Dr. Evans Mogeni, MSEA’s Chairman for the Climate Change Committee, also contributed insights during the conference, focusing on powering Climate Smart solutions through Digital Transformation. Dr. Mogeni underscored the importance of adopting sustainable digital practices, including predictive data analytics and climate modeling, in research and policymaking to better understand and predict climate change impacts.

MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Development Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani with members of the Climate Change Committee and MSEs during the conference and expo

MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Development Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani represented the Director General Mr. Henry Rithaa as a key panelist discussing policy and collaboration at the Conference and Expo. He emphasized the significance of empowering MSEs to enhance their adaptive capacity, mitigate environmental risks, unlock innovative business opportunities, and ensure long-term sustainability and viability.

He added that the Kenyan Government is actively implementing policy interventions in areas such as financing, research and development, technical training, and investments in energy efficiency, green financing, and water usage. These measures aim to support MSEs in upgrading their production processes to align with sustainability standards in global value chains.

Dr. Evans Mogeni, MSEA’s Chairman for the Climate Change Committee, also contributed insights during the conference, focusing on powering Climate Smart solutions through Digital Transformation. Dr. Mogeni underscored the importance of adopting sustainable digital practices, including predictive data analytics and climate modeling, in research and policymaking to better understand and predict climate change impacts.

Mr. Ebele Ogbue, Regional CEO, East and Southern Africa, United Bank for Africa PLC and MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Development Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani receiving tokens of appreciating from Prof. Ruth N. Kiraka is Associate Professor of Management (Strategy and Entrepreneurship) at Strathmore University and Eunice Muthoni, the Head of Entrepreneurship at Strathmore University

The two-day conference was inaugurated by Mr. Ebele Ogbue, Regional CEO, East and Southern Africa, United Bank for Africa PLC who highlighted some of the initiatives that the Tony Elumelu Foundation has put in place to support entrepreneurs across the continent. The event provided a platform for robust conversations on how MSMEs and social enterprises can not only comply with sustainability and climate resilience but also thrive and create opportunities in these domains.

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