DEVELOPMENT: Soko Appointed to New Evian Council
Recent Western Cape Business News
Mills Soko, Senior Lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), has become a member of the Council of Global Thought Leaders for a new project titled Globalisation, Corporate Leadership and Inclusive Growth: An Agenda for India. The project is being led by the Evian Group at IMD business school on a mandate from the Indian Government and the Confederation of Indian Industries.
The relationship linking the Evian Group at IMD and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) is a longstanding one, and in light of the uneven benefits of recent growth and the growing perceptions of exclusion, the aim of the new project is (a) to better understand what constitutes inclusive growth; (b) what are the means, especially in respect to the role of corporates and entrepreneurs, that can generate inclusive growth, and (c) how can these means be implemented and sustained.
According to Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Founding Director of the Evian Group at IMD, the notion of “Inclusive Growth” has been debated in India for quite a while and is one of the priorities set by the current government in its five year plan (2007-2012). However, the notion itself still needs to be endorsed by the business community as a key driving force for implementation.
The Council of Global Thought Leaders, which Dr Soko is now part of, has been set up to advise on the research, to refine the reflections on the concept of inclusive growth itself, and to advise on concrete steps and mechanisms for formulating an action plan and the implementation process.
“This council is constituted of 32 individuals committed to the principles of an inclusive and equitable global world economy where the lack/ineffectiveness of distributive mechanisms is a genuine concern for the sustainability of our current world system. The input of this council is absolutely key in light of its diversity of skills and expertise displayed through its multi-stakeholder and global composition,” said Professor Lehmann.
A key part of the initial stage of the project will be a meeting to be held in Delhi from 20 to 22 October to showcase successful inclusive growth business models.
A number of the cases will be presented by their initiators and stakeholders coming from the five continents and the conclusion of the meeting will draw guidelines on how the participants can act upon the lessons learned in making their own contributions to inclusive growth.
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