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No. 49 • July - December 2009 • Page 348
 
 
 
 •  Initiatives
 

Nairobi, Kenya -- Sixth African conference on ethics

On October 29 and 30, the conference “Leadership and Ethics” was once again held at Strathmore University in Nairobi. The first day’s session was dedicated to ethics in politics, while the second day dealt with questions more closely related to business ethics.

The conference was sponsored by the Kenyan Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and by the European Union. Like the previous ones, this conference had as its objective bringing together intellectuals who, by reflecting on the truth about man and society, can contribute to the ethical development of Kenyan society. Participating were William Binchy, law professor at Trinity College, Dublin; Kevin O’Reilly, from Milton College, Dublin; Alexandre Havard, director of Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute and author of the book Virtuous Leadership: an Agenda for Personal Excellence, published in 2007 and translated into ten languages; John Killeen, Director General of the Colas group; and Noreen Hynes, founder and director of Axiom Business Solutions and Aquarius Properties in Dublin.

The sessions were opened by the Minister of Justice, Mutula Kilonzo. Other speakers included Ambassador Amina Chawahir from the Ministry of Justice; Franca Ovadje, from the Lagos Business School; Rafael Alvira, from the University of Navarra; Salim Amin, Director of Camerapix Ltd; Tom Mshindi, Director of Nation Newspapers Division; David Lutz, from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa; and George Kegoro, from the International Commission of Jurists.

This series of annual conferences seeks to foster an awareness of the importance of professional ethics for attaining a more just life and true development in African society.


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