Summer 2020 update from the President

Welcome to this website! I hope you are keeping safe from the coronavirus.  Because of COVID-19, we had to cancel our 2020 annual conference planned for Edmonton, Canada. We were expecting more than 200 delegates for this conference and this number of attendees would have made the conference one of our most attended conferences in recent years.  That said, I want to take this opportunity to update you on the many changes that have occurred since our last annual meeting in May 2019 and to let you know how you can contribute to AABD’s success. Since the 20th AABD conference in Tanzania:

  1. We have adopted a new logo, which has received very positive reviews.
  2. We have officially established AABD as a not-for-profit organization based in the United States. Thus, AABD members based in the U.S. can now make tax deductible financial donations to AABD.
  3. We have released a Call For Papers (CFP) early this year to allow you to prepare your submissions on time for the May 18-22, 2021 conference in Edmonton, CANADA. In addition, we are committed to releasing the 2021 conference program and Proceedings days before the conference to ease your planning.
  4. We have redesigned our website to serve as a more effective communication medium where you can, not only view some presentations at our conferences on our new AABD TV and read about latest research findings on African business and development, but also feature your own scholarly work.
  5. We have formed six new Standing Committees to further involve members in the governance of our organization and allow us to create and deliver more value to our stakeholders.
  6. We are developing mentorship programs for Ph.D. students and young faculty members in African universities.
  7. We have started working to change the perception of being an intellectual ivory tower to becoming an inclusive and impactful organization for scholars, business practitioners, consultants, policy makers, and graduate students.

Now more than ever, we need your help and support in the areas below:

  1. Submit your paper for the 2021 conference on time and, if you need a visa to enter Canada, start your visa application at least three months in advance to avoid last-minute surprises.
  2. Spread the word that AABD now welcomes professionals. They can submit papers for presentations or just attend to enjoy the many professional development and networking opportunities we offer.
  3. Take advantage of our new website to showcase your scholarly works, especially to professionals who may not read them otherwise. Also, share your expert opinions via our website on business development issues and policies in Africa.
  4. Contact me if you want to play an active role in the governance of the organization or you want to be one of our Country Representatives.
  5. Make a financial donation to support your organization.
  6. Invite two or three of your colleagues to attend the 2021 conference in CANADA.
  7. Share via our website information or any resource that may be helpful to other members

Please, permit me to digress for a moment. I would be remiss if I did not mention our friend and colleague, Terri Lituchy who passed away on March 3, 2020. May she rest in perfect peace! Professor Lituchy was a long-time member of AABD and played a key role in the advancement of management knowledge on leadership in Africa and its diaspora.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank you for your continuous commitment to and support for AABD. I would also like to invite you to attend our 21st annual conference at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada, from May 18 to 22, 2021.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Yours truly,


Simon P. Sigué,