OLDN professionals head for conference

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Justine Chinoperekweyi

By Melody Chikono
AN independent professional body, Organisation Leadership and Development Network (OLDN), is set to host an organisation development (OD) and change conference at the end of this month.

The two-day conference, which will run under the theme Cultivating and Amplifying Human Capabilities — Towards Sustainable Positive Change and Development, is meant to  provide space to showcase, discuss and grow the potential that exists among OD and change practitioners and those with similar roles as institutional leaders and change agents. OLDN is a subsidiary of the Centre for Organisation Leadership and Development (COLD).

COLD chief executive officer (CEO) and president Justine Chinoperekweyi told NewsDay Business ahead of the conference that at a time Zimbabwe, through Education 5.0, was pushing for innovation and industrialisation, the need for the awakening of human capabilities was important.

“Organisation development (OD) is key in facilitating sustainable positive change and development. On July 29 and 30, 2022, the third OD & Change conference will be held virtually, as an approach to attract the global community while showcasing the tourism potential in Zimbabwe,” he said.

The virtual conference is expected to pave way for a physical conference in Zimbabwe next year.

Keynote speakers include Avilla Goba (Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe director, corporate services), Allan Landers (president, OD and change leadership group), Mercedes E Martin (president and CEO, Mercedes & Martin Co), and Prof Ndubuisi Ekwekwe (Tekedia Institute, Nigeria).

Other local and regional facilitators will include Paul Nyausaru (Zimsec), Priority Mubhawu (Ecobank Zimbabwe), Mavis Mazhura, Rose Nhamo (Distinctive Consultancy), Martin Wanjohi (Kenya), and Cecellia Saidi (Malawi).

“The conference is a way to promote Zimbabwe through integrating COLD and OLDN institutional efforts with the regional and international community. OLDN is a community of members from over 23 countries and has collaboration arrangements in countries like US, Switzerland and Canada,” Chinoperekweyi said.

“OLDN through COLD supports SMEs development initiatives in Saudi Arabia and engages in management development programmes globally. Raising the Zimbabwe flag high. On June 7, COLD participated at the Monsha’at Demo Day Exhibition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”

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