BACKGROUND
It is estimated that over 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the global working age population. That’s around 40 million per year. In Kenya, a million youths enter the job market each year, but only one-fifth are absorbed. A report by Mark Malloch-Brown (Better Business, Better World) identifies a $12 trillion market for achieving just four of the 2030 goals—food and agriculture, cities (investments such as housing, transportation, and water), energy and materials, and health and well-being—that would produce 380 million jobs. Factoring the SDGs into business strategies will open new business opportunities, introduce efficiencies and innovation, and improve reputations.
Business Management has transformed many aspects of our lives and offered unprecedented opportunities and challenges for businesses and start-ups. There is a need for learning institutions, at all levels, to provide the knowledge, skills and competences required for living and working in an increasingly competitive business environment. Businesses should also ensure that they are able to exploit the potential benefits of innovations and partnerships with academia, and enhance the quality and relevance of products and services. To this effect, business management should be reshaped towards the needs of individual fulfillment and sustainable development of business economies.
In today’s business world, there are critical emerging business trends that both the industry and academia must pay attention to. These include; fast growth in emerging markets, reliance on research data by industry leaders, instant access to more product information by consumers, social media, rapid innovation and government policies.
To unleash potentials of businesses for global sustainable development, policy makers need to understand Business Management’s role in economic growth, and the sector-wide strategies of integrating academia research in business and innovation. It is against this context, that Kenyatta University (School of Business) is organizing the International Business and Research Innovation Conference on 20th to 21st June 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Conference seeks to create an interface between academia and industry sectors to debate on how Business Management can be leveraged at scale to support the achievement of SDGs, Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda.
The Conference outputs will include a high-level statement to provide governments with policy recommendations about how to harness the power of Business Management to address current business challenges and to ensure quality products/services and lifelong opportunities for all, and following up actions and relevant partnerships that are aimed at helping governments to develop system-wide business growth strategies in the context of shaping the SDGs, Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS
1.Industry leaders

Leaders of international organizations that have created promising business solutions to economic development or have evidence-based insights on business management trends and their implications for the future of global economy.
2.Experts
To maximize the spectrum of experiences and knowledge to be shared during the Conference, experts who have conducted rigorous studies, or have developed innovative business management solutions for business & economic growth, or implemented effective large-scale projects, will be invited to join the plenary and breakout sessions.
3.International and Local Participants
Ministry officials, representatives of state agencies, researchers, postgraduate students, county governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs will be invited as well.

THEME AND SUB-THEMES
Under the core theme of Emerging Trends in Business Management for Global Sustainable Development deliberation on sector strategies will be organized around the following colloquia:

  1. Leadership and Management
    This session will look into the following thematic areas: Transformative Leadership and Sustainable Development Goals; Planning and Management of Strategic Human Resources; Transparency and Accountability; Ethics and corporate governance; Public Sector Governance for Sustainable Development; NGOs and Grassroots Development; State corporations and leadership; Conflict Management, Leadership and Governance
  2. Business Management and Global trends
    This session is geared towards discussing forward-looking debates between industry and academia on the following key areas: Income generating groups and poverty eradication; Sustainability of businesses; Business innovations in ICT – m-pesa, m-kopa, m-shwari, etc; Entrepreneurship and Development; Women Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Entrepreneurship.
  3. Global Trends, Legal Issues and Human Rights
    This session will deliberate on how innovative business management solutions can be successfully brought to scale in order to achieve the following: Kenya’s Big Four Agenda; Africa 2063 goals; Vision 2030; Sustainable Development Goals; Human Rights and Global Trends in Management; Global Trends and Indigenous, Local, National and Global Legal Systems; The role of women in Management; Ethical Issues in Development.
  4. Financial Management and Sustainability
    This session aims to identify key institutional strategies to promote the development and sharing of high quality business management resources and to unleash the potential of businesses, innovation and startups. Specific issues to be addressed under this colloquium include: Fintech Financing; Digital Finance in Development economics; Affordable Housing models and Housing; Market Trends in Developing Economics; Sustainable Financing and Capital Markets, Innovation Growth and Governance; Sustainability Financial Reporting; Reporting and Corporate Governance; Green Financing in Kenya and Financial Reporting and management.
  5. Project Management and Sustainability
    Under this session, participants will discuss the following: Project Sustainability; Big Data Analytics; Value Chain Management; Internet of Things; Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Project planning and management.

EXHIBITION AND STUDY VISITS
Exhibitions and break-out sessions will be convened to demonstrate innovations for business. These events will call attention to best practices and show how business innovations can be leveraged to promote equitable and quality business management for all.
Study visits will be organized so participants can observe innovative practices among businesses and start-ups.