Twenty-Third International Business Forum

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Business’ annual International Business Forum will address the challenges and opportunities of the African continent as it emerges as a global powerhouse. “Africa — The Big Emerging Continent: Opportunities and Challenges” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m in University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. A reception will follow at Snead Hall Atrium from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The forum is free to the public.

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“The story that will unfold at this forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of this big, emerging continent. It is a story that involves not only Africa, but also the community of nations as a whole,” Van R. Wood, Ph.D., professor of international marketing and Philip Morris Endowed Chair in International Business, VCU School of Business, said. “It is a story that should be heard by all who care about the development of our planet in general and global business development more specifically.”

This forum brings together four unique individuals with significant global experiences and insights. These individuals will speak on the topic of emerging African countries through their perspective.  

A question-and-answer period will follow the panel’s prepared remarks. It is encouraged for students, faculty and staff of the VCU community to come and experience a room full of diverse ideas and educate themselves as well as others.

“I think if you are interested in international business and business in general you want to attend. At the end of the day, pretty much every company has to go global,” Lee Wilson, Masters of Product Innovation and graduate assistant of the VCU School of Business, said. “That’s just the direction the world is headed.”

Panelists for the 23rd International Business Forum include:

Albert G. Zeufack, Ph.D., chief economist for Africa, World Bank

David H. Shinn, Ph.D., former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina

Faso François Baird, co-chairman, Baird’s CMC

Hans Martens, senior advisor and former CEO, European Policy Centre

Do not miss out on the opportunity to meet leaders of global organizations and become educated on worldly business issues and advancements. The forum is approaching so make sure to attend on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the School of Business’ twenty-third annual International Business Forum.

For more information, contact Dr. Van Wood at or visit

For photos from the event, visit our Flickr.

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