Management in Complex Environments

Management in Complex Environments

Nairobi, Kenya, November 5-8, 2015


A partnership between Amani Institute and PeaceNexus the leading Swiss foundation on business and peace. 


Learn how to manage your organization/business in complex environments. 

Expand your vision beyond traditional business models and lead strategically in conflict-affected settings. 

Learn to handle complexity and conflicts with more confidence and engage your stakeholders for mutual benefit 


Course description

Short course in Nairobi from November 5-8, 2015: Business leaders in emerging and frontier markets are often astounded by the complexity of the social and political challenges they are required to address on a regular basis. They realize that while they may have great technical knowledge, significant accomplishments, and well-developed management skills, they still need new approaches to address the ambiguities and demands of such environments. While these dynamic economies offer tremendous business opportunities, a lack of conflict-sensitivity and adaptive leadership can create or exacerbate conflict among affected communities. This course develops the skills necessary to navigate these risks and develop a management style that help businesses thrive in these complex contexts.

Guest speakers:

Marie Ghitinji

She is the co-founder and CTO of eLimu and Akirachix, an organization that aims to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology to change Africa’s future. With a background in Business Information Technology, she seeks to inspire leadership among women in the traditionally male-dominated tech field. How did Marie deal with security, legal frameworks, corruption, politics to develop her business? Listen to her experience about conflict resolution during our Management in Complex Environments course in Nairobi!

Graham Benton.

How does the Kenyan market work? How can you bring innovative ideas to the rural and urban poor?  Which are the X -actors needed to succeed in a complex environment? Join our 4 days course in Nairobi and meet guest speakers as Graham Benton, Managing Director at LishaBora Hydroponics to learn directly from his experience.

Luca Belpietro

How can you face the complexity of having many diverse stakeholders, in a foreign country, with no infrastructure, trying to protect the environment and create a sustainable business? Learn from Luca Belpietro- Founder of Campi ya Kanzi and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – how to transform complexity into opportunity, diversity into richness, challenges into success.

Langdon Greenhalgh Managing Director Global Emergency Group

Langdon is an expert in international emergency response who has recently served as team leader for the Red Cross and other organizations in a wide range of emergency response operations in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

His considerable experience spans from humanitarian operational design and implementation to evaluations, from strategic planning to disaster risk management and systems development.

Henk Veldman Managing Director at Kibo Africa

Henk Veldman holds an MSc in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Henk is currently working as a business development manager for Koneksie B.V., a Dutch social venture that designed a mobility concept for the East African motorcycle-taxi market. He is currently involved in setting up the motorcycle factory for Koneksie in Nairobi and responsible for the social impact strategy of the company.

Henk will be facilitating the consulting project for Kibo Africa where participants will jointly try to tackle some of the outlined challenges in order to work out viable solutions.


You should apply if... are a current or future business or NGO leader with the desire to further develop your ability to manage complex environments. 

We welcome applications from

  1. Individuals currently working in emerging markets and fragile environments, or looking to work in such environments in their career. 
  2. Individuals in graduate schools (MBA programs, international relations, peace studies, etc)

What you will get:

Understand complexity and identify ways of navigating it successfully; the course will prepare participants to:

  • Understand the context, existing tensions and the impact of their own institutions on those environments
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand challenges and address them jointly
  • Reduce the cost of conflict, improve risk management approaches and increase the resilience of their institutions;
  • Gain a better understanding of system dynamics and use systems thinking and adaptive leadership to succeed
  • Understand their own leadership style and use their creativity to co-develop innovative solutions to complex challenges
  • Develop partnerships and shared value


Course structure

The content is based on the manual “Management in Complex Environments: An Introductory Guide”, developed by the PeaceNexus Foundation for the International Council of Swedish Industry, which draws on case studies, expert analysis and reflections from over 100 business leaders around the world.

The course is designed around practical tools and frameworks. Participants will be divided into active teams to work on the topic and apply the learnings through the lens of local and international business cases and a consulting project.


Dates: November 5 - 8 (9:00 am - 5 pm) 


Cost: 55,000KES / 550USD  


Location: Nairobi, Kenya (Course run in English)


Housing: For international participants, Amani Institute can advise on and help secure accommodation for the duration of the course in Nairobi based on individual budgets. Please let us know if this is the case when you register.


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