On February, 1 2018, 25 executive members of the Alumni community attended a forum held at the IBM Innovation Center, and organized by African Process and Performance Institute (APPI) in partnership with USIU-Africa’s Chandaria School of Business and the Office of Alumni Relations.

The event aimed at empowering executives to embrace smart processes in their businesses as well as adopt design thinking. Design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business can employ to achieve extraordinary results.

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Peter Lewa (Professor of Management Dean - Chandaria School of Business), mentioned that the partnership with APPI will enable USIU-Africa produce individuals that are well equipped for the work environment. Through his presentation, Mr. Humphrey Odhiambo, Editor CIO East Africa, encouraged the participants to identify gaps between their strategies and execution, problems driving them and come up with ways of bridging them.

APPI Managing Director, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo, urged the audience to embrace Consistent, Responsive, Efficient, Profitable, Effective and Sustainable (CREPES) thinking, while Mr. Silas Macharia from IBM, through his presentation reiterated that design and process thinking is very vital for any business.

The African Process and Performance Institute (APPI) program is uniquely designed to develop and enable the next generation of Africa leaders to be driven by performance results.

This career-focused program is tailored to prepare and empower governments, businesses, and organizations across Africa with cutting-edge skills and knowledge in Business Process Management (BPM) and Performance Analytics to make better decisions and thus achieve stated goals.