Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS)
Prof. Issouf Soumaré was one of the architects and a member of the Steering Committee for the creation of Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS) in 2012. He has been a member of the Executive Board and Vice-President Program of the Society since its inception.
The mission of the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS) is to promote public understanding of business and entrepreneurship and the contribution it can make to public affairs and social issues in Africa. The ABERS is a scholarly society dedicated to the understanding and advancement of business and entrepreneurship in Africa, in a broad and inclusive sense. It includes within its constituency not only academic scholars and researchers in business, but scholars trained in other fields. It also embraces those with a general interest in the subject, and a commitment to the improvement and advancement of Africans through business and entrepreneurship.
The history of the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS) goes back to 2010 when the Africa Business Program of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University together with its partner universities initiated a series of annual “Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa” conferences to help contribute to the debate among academics, practitioners and decision makers on issues related to the development of businesses and entrepreneurship in Africa. The first and second conferences were hosted by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Syracuse (USA), respectively in 2010 and 2011. The third conference took place in Quebec City (Canada) in 2012 and was organised by the Faculty of Business Administration of Université Laval under the leadership of Prof. Issouf Soumaré. The fourth and fifth conferences were hosted by Makerere University Business School in Kampala (Uganda) in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The sixth and seventh annual meetings in 2015 and 2016 were hosted by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Syracuse (USA) and were organized jointly by the ABERS and the Africa Business Program at the Kiebach Center for International Business Studies at Syracuse University. The eighth annual Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference held on October 4-7, 2017 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA, was organized by ABERS and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for International Business Advancement (CIBA) jointly with the VCU School of Business, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the Faculty of Business Administration of Laval University, Makerere University Business School, and other partner institutions.
All these conferences followed the same tradition and, as such, they served as a forum to discuss and present current works on business and entrepreneurship in Africa by scholars, practitioners and policymakers from around the world. The general interest in the conference has been growing, and the number of partner institutions has expanded and now includes: Syracuse University (USA), Université Laval (Canada), Makerere University Business School (Uganda), Université Paris-Dauphine (France), École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan(Côte d’Ivoire), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), State University of New York at Oswego (New York, USA), University of Canberra (Australia), Institut national polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny(Côte d’Ivoire), University of Edinburgh Business School (UK), Virginia Commonwealth University (USA), University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Delaware State University (USA) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada).