The UWA Africa Research Cluster and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invite you to a special public lecture:
WHEN:Tuesday 1 March 2016. Lecture 5.15pm, followed by reception
WHERE:Fox Lecture Theatre (FOX 106: G59), Ground Floor Room G59, Arts Building
RSVP: Entry is free but seating is limited. Please register here:
The 'Giant of Africa', Nigeria is 170 million people, the continent's largest economy, a major global oil and gas producer, and a regional leader. However, the country faces a range of critical challenges in the twenty-first century, including the violent Boko Haram insurgency, diversifying an economy heavily dependent on oil exports, and managing religious, political and socio-economic tensions. In 2015, the country's first democratic transition of power saw President Muhammadu Buhari elected on a platform of enhancing security and economic growth and ending corruption. Drawing on his considerable expertise and experience, Prof. Utomi will discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing one of Africa and the world's most important countries.
Professor Patrick Utomi has held a range of senior positions in academia, business and government. He is Professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and formerly Director of the Centre For Applied Economics in the Lagos Business School, Pan- Atlantic University, Nigeria. His books include Managing Uncertainty: Competition and Strategy in Emerging Economies (1998) and Why Nations are Poor (2006). He is also the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, a former Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Nigeria, an advisor to the President of Nigeria, and a presidential candidate himself in 2007 and 2011.
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716
Karen Eichorn (School of Social Sciences) (+618) 64883448