Past Conferences

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IAABD Proceedings are the official publication outlet for peer/blind-reviewed manuscripts for IAABD annual conferences. Unless decided otherwise by the IAABD Executive Committee, IAABD Conference Proceedings will publish only fully conceptualized and complete papers, not abstracts or works in progress. Correspondence regarding IAABD Conference Proceedings should be addressed to the IAABD Proceedings Editor, email:

Year: 2021

Location: Edmonton, Canada

Theme: Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprises, and Economic Sustainability in the African Context

Hosting Institution: MacEwan University, Canada

Date: May 18 – 20, 2021

Year:  2018

Location: Durban, South Africa

Theme: Sustainable African Development and Self Reliance: Building Economic Bridges in a Multi-Polar World

Hosting Institution: Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa

Date: May 16 – 19, 2018

Year:  2017

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Theme: Accelerating Sustainable Development in Africa: The Roles of Businesses, Entrepreneurs, the Middle Class and Global Partners

Hosting Institution: Georgia State University, Department of Marketing

Date: Wednesday, 17th to 20th May 2017

Peer Reviewed Proceedings: 18th IAABD Conference Proceedings (Atlanta).

IAABD Book of Abstracts: 18th IAABD Book of Abstracts (Atlanta).

IAABD Members Meeting at the IAABD Conference 2017 – IAABD Members Meeting Recording

Year:  2016

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Theme: Good Governance and Business Policies towards Sustainable African Business and Development

Hosting Institution: Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

Date: Wednesday, 11th to 14th May 2016

Peer Reviewed Proceedings: 17th IAABD Conference Proceedings (Arusha).

Year:  2015

Location: Kenya

Theme: Towards Sustainable African Business Development: Integrating Formal and Informal Business

Hosting Institution: University of Strathmore

DateWednesday, 13 May 2015 to Saturday, 16 May 2015

Year: 2014

Location: Barbados

Theme: The Development and Sustainability of African Business: The Role of the African Diaspora.

Hosting Institution: University of West Indies

DateMonday, 26 May 2014 to Thursday, 29 May 2014

Year: 2013

Location: Accra, Ghana

Theme: Integrating African Markets and Economies in a changing Global Economy: Issues, challenges and Opportunities

Hosting Institution: Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)

DateTuesday, 14 May 2013 to Saturday, 18 May 2013

Year: 2012

Location: El Jadida, Morocco

Theme: African Business and Development in a Changing Global Political Economy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

Hosting Institution: El Jadida Polydisciplinary University, El Jadida, Morocco

DateTuesday, 15 May 2012 to Saturday, 19 May 2012

Year: 2011

Location: Edmonton, Canada

Theme: Challenges in the Era of Globalization

Hosting Institution: Athabasca University, in partnership with Grant MacEwan University

DateTuesday, 17 May 2011 to Friday, 20 May 2011

Year: 2010

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Theme: Moving Africa Toward Sustainable Growth and Technological Development

Hosting Institution: University of Lagos

DateTuesday, 18 May 2010 to Sunday, 23 May 2010

Year: 2009

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Theme: Supporting the development of businesses in Africa

Hosting Institution: Makerere University Business School

DateTuesday, 19 May 2009 to Saturday, 23 May 2009

Year: 2008

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Theme: Global and Local Dynamics in African Business and Development

Hosting Institution: University of Florida

DateTuesday, 20 May 2008 to Saturday, 24 May 2008

Year: 2007

Location: London, United Kingdom

Theme: Building New Strategic Partnerships for Africa’s Economic Development

Hosting Institution: London Metropolitan University

DateTuesday, 29 May 2007 to Saturday, 2 June 2007