Brand Intelligence™ company Ornico publishes business and brand guide for industry leaders in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), at the University of Pretoria.


Thursday 01 September 2016. Sandton – South Africa. Ornico and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) announced today that would launch an annual publication called Open Africa on Thursday 08 September 2016 at 17h30 at GIBS. Aimed at CEOs, business owners, marketers, communications agencies and public facing government departments, Open Africa is a joint annual publication about doing business in Africa for Africans by Africans.

Open Africa - an Ornico Annual Magazine
Open Africa – an Ornico Annual Magazine

Open Africa contains stories, insights and reports about continental growth opportunities, case studies on doing business in Africa, and business lessons from brand leaders across the continent. “In little over a decade the story written about Africa by those outside of the continent has gone from one of bust to boom, and back again,” says Oresti Patricios, CEO of Ornico. “Thankfully there’s now a new understanding of just how nuanced and diverse markets on this continent are. Africa is not a country, and successfully engaging growth opportunities means understanding each market on its own terms,” he adds.

“What we are doing with Open Africa is to enable African brand and business leaders to tell their own stories about their own experiences on the continent,” Patricios says. Open Africa will be launched with a panel discussion focussed on growth opportunities on the continent, together with an inside track from industry leaders doing business in Africa, on Thursday 08 September 2016 at 17h30 at GIBS. The panel discussion will be chaired by Patricios and features:
Boris Kamstra – CEO of Alphamin Resources;
Brooks Mparutsa – Hollard International CEO;
Lyal White – Director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets at GIBS;
and Dianna Games – CE of Africa @ Work and Executive Director of the South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce.

All delegates who attend the panel discussion will get a free copy of Open Africa that includes insights on Africa by: Google’s Luke McKend; Facebook’s Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke; Wole Olaoye of Nigeria’s Diametrics; Marius Oosthuizen, head of the GIBS ‘Future of Business in South Africa Project’; Iroko TV’s Jason Njoku; Receiptful’s Adii Pienaar; Kees Snijders of Flickswitch; Silvertree’s Peter Allerstorfer; and much, much more.

Those interested in attending the discussion and getting the limited print publication should book online with GIBS.

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Ornico provides, reputation, media, advertising and brand research across the African continent. From editorial and advertising monitoring services, social media analytics to advanced brand research, Ornico provides a holistic and independent view of brand performance as reflected by traditional as well as social and digital media. It provides insights and intelligence to many multinationals, top African companies, governments and public entities.

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At GIBS we significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in South Africa and increasingly in our broader African environment, through high quality business and management education.

In May 2016 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked us as the top South African and African business school.

In October 2015 our MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings.

We are the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking. GIBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).

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