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Time-Honored Wisdom: African Teachings for VUCA Leaders webinar

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Explore VUCA's impact on project management in our webinar. Navigate volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, equipping project managers with strategies for resilient leadership. This webinar was held on 13 February 2024.

In our dynamic and ever-evolving world, the enduring art of leadership gains a fresh perspective through the revered traditions of African leadership.

This webinar served as a bridge, connecting the ancient wisdom of African values such as Humanness, Courage, Respect, and Orality with the challenges faced in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.

We delved into how these time-honored principles, as demonstrated in traditions like those of the Dogon people and the Kurukan Fuga constitution, offer essential strategies for navigating the complexities of our modern era, which includes adapting to rapid technological changes and addressing global crises.

This session invited project leaders, project professionals and project management students to integrate the timeless wisdom of African leadership into contemporary project and program management, fostering resilience and adaptability in diverse settings.


Abdul Moiz

A dedicated Industrial Engineer, Project Manager, and passionate Entrepreneur, I've navigated diverse sectors like education, marketing, and ecommerce. Since 2018, I've founded startups including Tutors Gateway, Skills4u, Zumy, and Waakhly. Recognised with multiple entrepreneurship awards, I successfully completed the Founder Institute and National Incubation Centre programs in Pakistan.

My journey includes a Master's in Project Management from the University of Portsmouth. Recently concluding McKinsey & Company's 6-month Forward Program, I am deeply involved in strategic management, event management, and business development. Volunteering as a member in the Association of Project Management, South East Branch, I bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to every venture.


Mounina Tounkara

Mounina Tounkara - a blend of technology and tradition. I am an IT engineer, PMP-certified project manager, and author with over thirteen years of experience in the IT industry. My journey has taken me from the TED stage to impactful speaking engagements across France, Nigeria, Mali, Italy, Germany, and South Africa.Currently pursuing a doctoral thesis in Communication and Information Science at Ecole Doctorale Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, I am passionate about leadership, communication, knowledge transfer and project management. As a PMI France Chapter leader, I've facilitated study groups on PMBOK6 and PMBOK7, and I am currently leading a study group on Organisational Transformation.

My commitment to the Ubuntu philosophy – emphasising human kindness – underpins my professional and personal ethos. I’m a polyglot who speaks English, French, Bambara, and Soninke. I strive to bridge cultures and make education universally accessible.

Mounina has very kindly allowed her presented material to be made available for viewing. The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.

This webinar was suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition
3.0   People and behaviours
3.2.1 Teams
3.2.3 Team development
3.2.4 Leadership
3.3.6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


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  1. Catherine White
    Catherine White 15 February 2024, 03:32 PM

    Really interesting introduction to African leadership teachings - thank you for sharing.