Heavyweights Headline Inaugural Ambrose Dlamini Memorial Lecture

Kicking off the year by celebrating the legacy of an Eswatini-born corporate giant!

This is the Leadership Growth Forum (LGF) as it is setting the tone for the year by hosting the Inaugural Ambrose Dlamini Memorial Lecture, themed ‘Servant Leadership in Business; The Lived Experience and Legacy of a Corporate Giant’.

Dlamini, who passed on in January 2021, was known for his impeccable leadership skills- especially during his tenure as Nedbank and MTN Eswatini lead.

This first-of-its-kind event is set for January 19, 2024, at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Kwaluseni Campus, at the IDE Lecture Theatre from 5.30 pm. Entry is free.

The keynote speaker of the much-anticipated memorial lecture will be South African-based Academician and Business Management Consultant Professor Rasoava Rijamampianina.

Rijamampianina holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Doctorate Degree in Accounting and Auditing from the National Institute of Accounting Science and Business Administration (INSCAE) in Madagascar, an MBA from Otaru University of Commerce in Japan, and a DBA degree from Hokkaido University in Japan.

He is an editorial board member of various international academic journals and a member of several international academic associations, many of which are based in Japan.

He has taught various programmes at WITS Business School, Business School in Fontainebleau, France (INSEAD), the University of Cape Town Business School, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). His work has resulted in numerous publications in scholarly journals and international conference proceedings.

Other speakers will include Standard Bank Chief Executive and President of Business Eswatini Mvuselelo Fakudze, Eswatini Post and Telecommunications Corporation Chief Financial Officer and Eclectic Director Lungile Nxumalo, MTN Eswatini Head of Corporate Services Sibusiso Nhleko and MTN Board Member and Finance Practitioner David Dlamini.

When sought for comment on LGF’s first event of the year, Mncedzi Ngomane, the co-founder, said the initiative was motivated by the inspirational leadership of the late astute leader. 

“He is one of the great corporate leaders that the country has produced in recent news- therefore the LGF saw it befitting to celebrate and honour his leadership while keeping his legacy alive. We also want to use his life and experience as a learning opportunity for young and upcoming leaders,” explained Ngomane.

Ngomane further noted that the theme was based on one of Dlamini’s leadership traits, saying his leadership was grounded by a strong belief and commitment to serving the people he led.

“We believe it will present an opportunity for all leaders who will attend the lecture to reflect on the essence of leading through serving.

“People should expect to learn about one of our great leaders who was born and raised in Eswatini. Attendees will learn about the impact he had on multinational organizations by demonstrating sound leadership. Most of all attendees will get to take key leadership lessons.”

Ambrose Dlamini obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com) in Business Administration and Management from UNESWA in 1992. He then completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Hampton University, USA in 1996.

His career began in 1992 when he joined Swaziland Development and Savings Bank, where he served until the year 1997. In 1999, he joined Standard Bank South Africa, and soon after he joined Nedbank Eswatini as the Managing Director (2003-2010).

It was in the year 2010 that Ambrose joined MTN Eswatini as CEO and tenured for over 12 years. He possessed substantial experience in Negotiation, Budgeting, Operations Management, Coaching, and Sales Management.

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