Swiss Business Woman of the Year and Kenyan entrepreneur speak at TIGE

Overcoming social conventions and succeeding in ethical business

30/06/2015
TIGE

This past weekend, Jane Royston and Emmanuel Mutisya shared their stories of personal development at the 9th annual ‘Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy’ (TIGE) conference in Caux, Switzerland. Both faced difficulties establishing themselves and staying true to their identities and values in the business world.

Whilst Royston had difficulties accepting that employees could be treated as disposable resources in big corporations, Mutisya was troubled by the corruptive behavioural norms in his home country, Kenya.

Royston eventually founded her own successful IT company, NatSoft, which strongly incorporated her own ideals and values. Much of it was based on her unequal treatment at her previous employer, DuPont France. For her, teamwork and dedication took top priority; profits became secondary.

Mutisya, on the other hand, had always been aware of and, to an extent, part of the corruptive standards in Kenya. His need for honest business became apparent after gaining a new perspective whilst pursuing his Master’s studies in Sweden. Although he was confronted with criticism and disapproval, he stayed true to his values and was able to establish a sustainable business model in his home country.

Read the full articles by downloading the PDFs below:

Jane Royston:  ‘Swiss founder of NatSoft was no soft touch’

Emmanuel Mutisya: ‘How a Kenyan businessman made a stance against corruption'

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