Making Global Goals Local Business – East Africa

  • Overview

    Organized by the Global Compact Network Tanzania and Global Compact Network Kenya with support of United Nations Global Compact, Making Global Goals Local Business – East Africa is a one -day conference that will bring together local and global leaders from business, civil society, Government, Global Compact Local Networks and the United Nations to catalyze collective action and impact on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Making Global Goals Local Business – East Africa is a platform for business leaders and Government to foster multi-stakeholder dialogues, yield new partnerships and explore innovative solutions to accelerate SDG Implementation in East Africa.

    Contact Person

    Badru Juma


      Event Moderator:  Abela Bateyunga, Founder & Executive Director, Tanzania Bora Initiative

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    Venue: Serena Hotel, Ohio St, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    8:00 – 8:30 am

    Arrival and Registration

    8:30 –  8:50 am

    Opening Remarks/ Ceremony: Integrative Partnerships & Collective Action –  Impactful Ideas from East Africa

    • Christine Musisi, Resident Representative, UN Development Programme 
    • Hon: Kangi Lugola, Minister of Home Affairs, Tanzania
    • Flora Mutahi, Chief Executive Officer, Melvin Marsh International & UN Global Compact Board Member
    • Simon Shayo, Chairperson, Global Compact Network Tanzania

    8:50 – 9:00am

    Decade of Action – Launching of Tanzania Sustainability Portal


    • Emmanuel Nnko, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Tanzania
    • Gabriel Torres, Coordinator, Global Operations, UN Global Compact

    9:00 – 9:50 am

    From the 2030 Vision to the 2030 Reality - How Far Are We?

    Understanding the current challenges and opportunities facing the East Africa region in their quest to meet the 2030 Agenda, and its plan of action for accelerating progress towards the Goals. 

    • Andrew Mold, Officer in Charge, Sub-Regional Officer for Eastern Africa, Economic Commission for Africa
    • Dr. Lorah Madete, Principal Economist, Ministry of Finance and Planning 
    • John Ulanga, Executive Director, Trade Mark East Africa
    • Sharing an example of Public-Private Partnership from the region
    • Stephen Chacha, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Philanthropic

    9:50 – 10:30 am

    Making Global Goals Local Business in the Lens of Senior Management   

    It is apparent that change starts at the top of the organization, and as such the 2030 Agenda needs to be prioritized by companies for it to be accomplished in the next 11 years. This session will welcome East African Senior Executives for a discussion on their attitudes, perceptions and plans of action to showcase SDG leadership and contribute to the Global Goals locally in Uganda, Tanzania & Kenya.


    Moderator: Miranda Naiman, Chief Executive Officer, Empower


    • Dr. Mette H. Ottoy, Senior Vice President & Country Manager, Equinor
    • Simon Shayo, Vice President of Sustainability, Geita Gold Mine Limited (GGM)
    • Judith Odhiambo, Group Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affair, KCB Group  

    10:30 – 10:45 am

    Health  Break

    10: 45 – 12: 00 pm

    Let’s Talk Challenges – Lessons from 2019 UN Global Compact Progress Report

    10: 45 – 11: 45 am

    Interactive  Session: Scaling Ambition for the Decade of Action

    The 2019 UN Global Compact Progress Report indicates 71% of companies recognize the critical role that business could play in contributing to the delivery of the SDGs; however, only 21% believe business is actually playing that role.

    While the SDGs have provided a framework for governments to improve the livelihoods of their citizens, and the Global Compact has tracked business engagement with its ten principles, we must acknowledge that there is still so much work to be done. Business and Industry stakeholders must do their part to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This section will highlight those companies that have gone “above and beyond” the call of duty.



    SDG Priorities

    Business Leaders will discuss their role in integrating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their business practices with a special focus on SDGs that are critical to the region

    Keynote Speaker:

    • Sean Cruse, Head of Technology & Data, UN Global Compact  

    Fireside Chat

    Moderator: Abela Bateyunga, Founder & Executive Director, Tanzania Bora Initiative

    • Sean Cruse, Head of Technology & Data, UN Global Compact 
    • Jacqueline Woiso,  Managing Director, Multichoice Tanzania
    • SDG 13 in focus: Ambition Loop & Business for 1.5 C, Example from  Nestle Tanzania

    11: 45 –  12: 00 pm

    Inspiration Questions and Ideas to solve regional challenges



    12:00 –  1:30 pm

    Lunch and Networking Break

    1:30 – 2:30 pm

    Doors of Opportunities to Advance the Global Goals


    Panel  Session : Investing in the Next Generation of Innovators

    The SDGs are a global change agenda designed to ensure a safe and prosperous planet for future generations to come. Yet despite the wealth of potential in our youth population, young people lack the resources and support to be full participants in driving the global development agenda for East Africa. How can businesses better equip young professionals to solve the complex challenges the SDGs present? What tools, skills and policies do we need to activate future business leaders to develop and drive innovative solutions towards the SDGs?


    Moderator: Diana Ninsiima, Country Director,  Digital Opportunity Trust Tanzania


    • Jummanne Mtambalike, Chief Executive Director, Sahara Sparks
    • Wilmink, Marjolijn, Director, Human Development Innovation Fund
    • Christof Hawle, Head of Innovation, World Food Programme, Tanzania

    2:30 –  3:30 pm

    Breakthrough Solutions – Regional  Advancements


    Interactive  Session : Innovative Business Solutions for the SDGs

    This session will look at how companies are employing breakthrough technologies and new business models to design innovative SDG business solutions that have both commercial and societal value. Panelists will present their solutions to the priority SDG themes for East Africa.

    Keynote Presentation:

    • Zuwena Farah, Chief Executive Officer, Bits & Byte

    Fireside Chat:

    • Lilian Madeja, Chief Executive Officer, Bits & Byte
    • Dr. Amon Nungu, Director General, COSTECH

    3:30 – 4:00 pm

     Vote of Thanks  & Motivational Reflections

    • Emmanuel Nnko, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Tanzania

    4:00 pm

    Networking Cocktail