PROWEB hosted Rosanne Gray Operations Director of Virgin Unite UK to a women’s Business Breakfast Dialogue, on the 13th of January 2015, at Sango Conference Centre. Also presenting was Emilia Chisango who heads KPMG Zimbabwe Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services. The dialogue focused on ‘Building Sustainable Businesses for the 21th Century’
The following pointers were highlighted;
• Incorporates principles of sustainability into the business operations
• Needs assessment of customers and products tailored made to meet the needs
• Putting systems and structures in place, observe good governance , accountability and transparency
• Issue of committement, play an active role , research, network and dream big
Rosanne Gray, COO Virgin Unite
Virgin Unite is the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which connects great people with entrepreneurial ideas to reinvent how we live and work in the world. Unite incubates new approaches to leadership such as the Carbon War Room, supports entrepreneurs around the world, and works to drive business as a force for good.
Prior to Unite, Rosanne was founder and CEO of CottonConnect, a pioneering business creating more sustainable cotton supply chains. Rosanne started up international operations in India and China growing the company to be working with over 400,000 farmers and their families. Rosanne started her career at Shell, building her business acumen in marketing and sales roles in Africa and Europe before joining the Shell Foundation, where she brought development ventures to scale.
A Partner at KPMG. Emilia heads KPMG Zimbabwe’s Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS) department. Key among her services is risk assessment, governance advisory, forensic advisory and business environment landscaping for organisations. Emilia is renowned for her solid business acumen. At 36 in 2009, Emilia made history by becoming ICAZ’s first female and youngest president in its 90 year old history then. She had already made history at KPMG where she again became the youngest partner ever to be admitted at the firm’s then 52 year old existence in Zimbabwe. Emilia is passionate about creating an environment that affords a level playing field for girls and women’s education and development. Emilia is also a PROWEB Trustee and Executive Committee Member.