The Africa Think Tank Leadership Conference

Published on 4th July 2006

Sponsored by:
The Joseph P. Overton Leadership Center,
A division of the Inter-Region Economic Network (IREN)  
In Cooperation with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy 

Pan-Afric Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

 August 29 - 30, 2006

A wealth of ideas and scholarship make a powerful case for a free, entrepreneurial and competitive economy. New generations of leaders are needed to not only explain these ideas in Africa to policy makers and the general public, but also to create organizations such as think tanks for that purpose. To succeed, these organizations need to be well-managed and skilled in communications.

 Sound management and effective communications will be the main themes of this leadership conference in Nairobi. The speakers will be James Shikwati, founder and president of IREN; Lawrence W. Reed, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, one of the largest free market think tanks in the United States; and Joseph G. Lehman, the Mackinac Center’s executive vice president. Reed and Lehman will present condensed versions of the presentations they deliver twice annually at the Mackinac Center’s widely acclaimed leadership conferences in the U.S., which have trained hundreds of think tank leaders and staff from more than 35 countries. Shikwati will explain how their principles and advice can work in an African context, and the methods IREN has employed to become the region’s most successful free market think tank.

Topics to be covered at the conference include strategic planning, marketing free market ideas, organizational management, and friend raising-not-fundraising. and 

Only 20 vacancies available, to participate: Please email the following information to [email protected] cc  [email protected]  or call Kevin Mwanza +254-20-2731497

Postal Address: Phone & Fax:
Websites Address:
One Paragraph summary of the core business of your organization


IREN will offer accommodation and meals to all participants. Eligible participants will be notified by email and will be expected to arrive on 29th of August 2006 in time for the opening reception at 6.00pm – 8.30pm and Depart on 31st of August 2006. All participants are requested to pay registration fees of $100, and make their own travel arrangements to and from the conference venue.

*All Cheques payable to Inter Region Economic Network .

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