Africa and Canada in A Changing World: A Conversation

Friday November 20, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Professor Moses N. Kiggundu 

Topic: Africa and Canada in A Changing World: A Conversation

Synopsis:

Professor Moses N. Kiggundu will make a brief introduction about Africa in the context of globalization, review progress made to date, and discuss opportunities and challenges for the future. He will then talk about the long standing relationships between Africa and Canada, propose a different way forward, and advance the idea of Canada as a Southern partner that could make a significant contribution to the controversial Africa-China relationships. He will end his comments by advocating for better people-to-people institutional relationships, including faith-based human development contacts.

Speaker’s Profile:

Moses N. Kiggundu, Professor, Management and International Business, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, was born, raised and educated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, and became of age during the heady days of the post-independence struggles and conflicts. After graduating from Makerere University, Kampala (BA, Honours, Upper Second) and working briefly as a Research Officer for the Central Bank, he had to leave the country. He attended The University of Alberta (MBA), and joined the University of Nairobi, as a junior professor, teaching in undergraduate and graduate students in commerce and business administration. He got involved in various programmes aimed at preparing East African nationals to take over positions previously held by expatriates. Leaving Kenya, he joined the University of Toronto, Faculty of Management where he earned his doctoral degree in Organizational Behaviour and Administrative Science. After a few years in private practice, he joined McGill University’s Faculty of Management, and then Carleton University in 1982.

He has dedicated his academic and professional life to understanding the challenges of development and underdevelopment, and seeking practical and sustainable solutions for human development. He teaches and is associated with universities in different countries including in China, Iran, Africa, the UK, and the West Indies. He consults widely for international and Canadian organizations including the UN, World Bank, UNDP, ILO, Africa Development Bank, CIDA, IDRC, and volunteers for NGOs and the Africa Capacity Building Foundation. His publications have appeared in many journals, and his books include: Managing Organizations in Developing Countries (1989), and Managing Globalization in Developing Countries and Transition Economies: Building Capacities for a Changing World; 2002).

Professor Moses Kiggundu is married to Dr. Kabahenda Kiggundu (Ph.D. University of London), two adult children and a lovely daughter in law.