AIB Chapter Webinar: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa-Based IB Research

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Date & Time: 20 February 2024, 15:00 UTC (View Local Time)

Host: AIB Africa Chapter

Point of Contact: Samppa Kamara (

Event Overview: We are delighted to announce the first in a series of webinars organized by the Africa Chapter of the Academy of International Business. This event will feature two thoughtful and prolific scholars, both with deep engagement with the African context. They will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with doing Africa-based IB research that is publishable in top-level international journals.


Nathaniel Boso is a Professor of International Marketing and Strategy, and O. R. Tambo Africa Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Employability at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is also an Extraordinary Professor at University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa) and a visiting Professor to Strathmore University Business School (Kenya). Nathaniel also has been serving as the Dean of KNUST School of Business since 2017, and the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain– Africa (CARISCA), a USAID funded center of excellence since 2020. Prior to joining KNUST, he was an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His research interests span international entrepreneurship, industrial marketing and supply chain strategies that has won multiple international awards. Notably, in 2021 his article on “(How) Does Africa Matter for International Business Scholarship?” won the Academy of International Business (AIB) Insight’s Outstanding Article Award. He was also the winner of the 2019 S. Tamer Cavusgil Award from American Marketing Association Foundation, which recognizes the Journal of International Marketing article published in the calendar year that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of international marketing management. He has published in high impact journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Marketing, and International Journal of Production Economics. Nathaniel serves as the Associate Editor of International Marketing Review and African Journal of Management. He also serves as the Vice-President of Academy of International Business African Chapter since 2018. He is the principal investigator of the National Research Foundation (South Africa) US$1.075 Million funded O. R. Tambo Africa Research Chair, and US$15 Million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded CARISCA center at KNUST. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Ghana in 2002, Master of Science degree in Marketing from Umea University (AACSB accredited) in Sweden in 2004 and Ph.D. in International Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Loughborough University (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited) in the United Kingdom in 2011. 

Kevin Ibeh is Professor of Marketing and International Business and Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at Birkbeck, University of London. His research has mainly focused on advancing knowledge of how non-dominant firms, including SMEs, leverage growth opportunities in international markets. He is considered a leading authority on emerging African Multinational Enterprises and is regularly invited to speak on this and other topics at major international meetings. Professor Ibeh has undertaken consulting/advisory roles for a range of international organisations, including the World Bank Group, the OECD, Scottish Enterprise, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Department of Trade and Investment of Northern Ireland. He has had professional stints in the US, Canada, Germany, China, India, Finland, Spain, Singapore, Bahrain and Oman, and has presented to academic, practitioner and policy audiences around the world. Professor Ibeh currently serves (or has served) as external examiner/assessor for institutions in Poland, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, UK, and USA. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chartered Institute of Marketing, a former Commonwealth Scholar, among others. He recently guest-edited three major scholarly journals, sits on the editorial advisory board of several international journals, and currently serves as Lead Editor of Palgrave Series on Entrepreneurship in Africa. Author of over a hundred academic papers, Professor Ibeh’s work has appeared in the Journal of World Business, British Journal of Management, International Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Management International Review, among others. He has also published four books, the latest of which appeared in 2017.



Elizabeth L. Rose is Research Chair Professor of Business Policy and Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur. A dual citizen of New Zealand and the United States, her previous academic appointments have been in the U.K., New Zealand, Finland, and the U.S. She holds a BSE (Civil Engineering) from Princeton University and an MSE (Civil Engineering), an AM (Statistics), and a PhD (Business Administration, emphasis in Statistics and Management Science), all from the University of Michigan. Beth’s research addresses various aspects of how firms internationalize and compete across borders; she works at the intersection of international business and strategy. She has ongoing interests in the internationalization activities of smaller and service-sector smaller firms, along with firms operating in emerging and developing markets.