INSEAD Africa Initiative


Our Mission & Expertise

The INSEAD Africa Initiative (IAI) marks another step in INSEAD’s long and rich relationship with Africa. As Africa progresses on its journey of economic, societal and environmental progress, Business is playing a key role in driving that transition. The Africa Initiative aims to develop and disseminate the best of business thought leadership, teaching and research on this vast and diverse continent of 54 countries, great linguistic and cultural heritage, unique values and natural resources, and incredible ingenuity and flair for innovation. We believe that business has tremendous potential to be a force for good in Africa, aided by leaders who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals to drive these positive changes.


We believe that sound business education will be the engine for creating such leaders. With a core mission to bring together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society, INSEAD has a crucial role to play. Our faculty already conduct research and teaching on management practices on the continent, and our alumni, both in Africa itself and around the globe, will help us enhance our engagement with Africa.

Our Aims are:

  • Enhancing learning about Africa, its people, environment, businesses and innovations, through knowledge creation and dissemination at INSEAD.
  • Enhancing INSEAD’s contribution to Africa’s education, business and policy environment through sharing educational best practices and creating a vibrant community for interaction.

4 Pillars of INSEAD Africa Initiative 


African Fellows program


  • Academic and Executive fellows
  • African business scholars visit campus for 6 m - 1 year
  • Continued engagement and relationship pre and post visit
  • Opportunity for faculty recruiting
  • Career development and bi-directional learning


Africa focused pedagogical and teaching material


  • Research on management, social and economic development in Africa with focus on entrepreneurship, business model innovation, DEI issues
  • Cases and other pedagogical material to bring African business stories of success and failure into mainstream business education

Annual events to disseminate research and scholarly outputs


Annual flagship conference and smaller events to:

  • Learn from African business and government leaders
  • Disseminate faculty research relevant to Africa
  • Engage with alumni & external collaborators

Enabling Stronger Student Recruiting from Africa & Enriching Student Career Opportunities in Africa


  • Create additional opportunities for bringing African students and executives to INSEAD
  • Support student recruitment into Africa-based organizations
  • Serve as Institutional Partner for the Africa Business Club student & alumni chapters

In the Spotlight


Success Story: INSEAD - The business school for the world heads to Rwanda (EDP Programme)

A 5-day Executive Development Programme on "Valuation & Risk Management in Banking" held from April 25-29, 2022 in Rwanda for the first time, has received great success with positive response. An event hosted by Kigali International Finance Centre in partnership with INSEAD, The Rwanda's Bankers' Association, The Rwanda's Development Bank (RDB) and The Brussels-Africa Hub.

Catch the highlights on this video here. Video credit to our partner Mouctar Bah of the Brussels-Africa Hub for this video production.

In its effort to promote the continual improvement in quality learning and research across business schools in Africa, GBSN and INSEAD Africa Initiative are joining forces to offer a GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellowship designed for educators who are committed to advancing the quality of their learning and teaching.

Our INSEAD Selection Committee comprises of: Professor Ithai Stern; Professor Mark Stabile; Professor Prashant Yadav; Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao

Read details here. Application is still ongoing.

Research; Publications; Activities


Research & Publications


Case Studies



INSEAD Africa Programmes


Africa Thought Leadership


Views expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of INSEAD IAI

INSEAD Knowledge (Africa Focus)


Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events.



Past Events




U.S-Africa Business Summit 2022 - "Health Supply Chains in Africa" on July 22, 2022

INSEAD Africa Initiative's Academic Director, Professor Prashant Yadav has been invited to moderate this plenary which will bring together key players from the African Union, regulators, national level governments and private sector experts to talk through not just the current state of supply chain issues, but also suggest ways to make Africa’s health systems more self-sufficient and resilient.

Details here. An event brought to you by Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco.



Ellevate Leadership Program: "Leading with Authenticity" An interactve session with amazing African Women leaders in participation, Dr. Vinika Rao, Executive Director of INSEAD Africa Initiative, conducted this session with exciting topics dicussed on (1) what does #leadingwithauthenticity mean to you? (2) what kind of #authenticleaders would you want to be? (3) what challenges have you faced when bringing your #wholeselftowork? (4) has #covid-19 increased the importance of Leading with Authenticity?

24 May 2022, virtual workshop with participants from 12 different industry sectors & 10 countires in Africa, held by GBSN & Ecobank, in collaboration with IAI and EMI.




INSEAD's Annual Africa Business Conference is back! A virtual event with a series of panel discussions with the theme "Africa to the World: The Entrepreneurial Energy and Innovation of the Continent".

More details here for other panelists.]

11 May 2022, Webinar

An event proudly brought to you by INSEAD Africa Busines Club, in partnership with INSEAD Africa Initiative.




An exciting webinar "Connect Africa - An insight into Agriculture on the African Continent" where panelists will bring forth insights on exploring how Mauritius and Singapore can collaborate over agricultural investments in Africa.

Event hosted by Connect Africa, in collaboration with INSEAD Africa Initiative and Olam International.

25 April 2022, Webinar; Listen to the full Podcast here.




Women and Responsible Management Innovations in Africa's Supply Chains

Africa's sustainable development is an ongoing multi-faceted challenge that requires diverse and innovative approaches. This session will highlight two global initiatives, UN Global Compact PRME and INSEAD Africa Initiative, and two unique initiatives, Logivators and Bashaier.

11 April 2022, Webinar







FOR INSEAD STAFF ONLY, Staff Learning Event

Tuesday 5 April, 1000-1100 CET; 1200-1300 GST; 1600-1700 SGT Venue: Amphitheatre 104, Asia Campus and offered online across campuses


An event in collaboration with the Gender Initiative, Africa Initiative and the INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.





China's Role in Africa: Boon or Bane?

China has become a major economic force in Africa and maintains its most significant overseas military base on the continent. Interpretations of its engagement have ranged from China as a force for good for the continent, providing public infrastructure and enabling economic development, to China as a neo-colonial presence, intent on using "debtbook diplomacy" to subjugate Africa.

1 December 2021, Zoom Webinar Speakers' Bio Image




New Case discussion

Turning the Tide in Mozambique: Developing Gender Initiative Inclusion at Major Transport Hub

By Zoe Kinias, Associate Professor of Organization Behaviour at INSEAD, Academic Director of INSEAD Gender Initiative

26 November 2021, Asia Campus

For current MBA students only.





A GBSN Beyond virtual conference series.

Stakeholder Dialogue: Building Sustainable Humanitarian Supply Chains

17 November 2021, Zoom webinar

An event hosted by Global Business School Network.





INSEAD Africa Initiative Inaugural Research Seminar

9 November 2021, Europe Campus

Building Africa's largest pharmacy and PHC network through business model innovation: The journey so far, and the path forward

- Mr. Gregory Rockson, CEO of mPharma

Event co-hosted with INSEAD The Healthcare Management Initiative





Webinar "Innovation At The Base Of Pyramid: Babylon Health In Rwanda"

Over 30% of Rwanda’s population seek medical assistance via digital health consultations. This webinar shared insights on how leveraging technology to empower health centres and improve patient care has led to the success of Babylon Health in Rwanda – a partnership that has created Africa’s first universal primary care service and positioned Rwanda as a world-leader in digital health.

9 June 2021





A Roundtable on 'Business as a Force for Good in Africa'

Hosted by INSEAD Dean Ilian Mihov, with honourable guests, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning of Nigeria Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Director-General of the Africa Risk Capacity Mr. Ibrahim Cheikh Diong and our Alumni Panelists Nabila Aguele, Dare Okoudjou, Jorge Fernandez Vidal and Lucy Quist.

8 June 2021




INSEAD Africa Business Club Leadership Series "The Role of the Private Sector in Africa’s Development"

18 June 2020
- Live broadcast through Zoom

A fireside chat with Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and Chairman, Africa Consulting and Trading.





Global Leadership Talk Series: Dr. Brahima Coulibaly, Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative of the Brookings Institution, on Brookings Institute report "Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent 2020-2030"

13 February 2020, INSEAD Europe Campus

Event by Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, co-organized by the Global Leadership Club, the Emerging Markets Club and the Africa Club.





IAI Special Event "Strengthening Your Leadership Toolkit" with Professor Modupe Akinola, 15 November 2019 - Nairobi, Kenya

An insightful sharing by Professor Modupe Akinola, Visiting Fellow at the INSEAD Gender Initiative. The event was attended by the alumni of INSEAD and Columbia Business School and other invited guests in Nairobi, Kenya. A thought-provoking session from which participants emerged with a leadership toolkit to strengthen their capacity to excel personally and professionally as they work to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage for their organizations.


Global Community



LAUNCH OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM NEW CHAMPIONS LOCAL CHAPTER SOUTH AFRICA IS TAKING PLACE 14 JUNE 2022 World Economic Forum New Champion companies are dynamic high-growth companies that are championing new business models, emerging technologies, and sustainable growth strategies. New Champions are mindful of their impact on society and aspire to participate in building a better future. Risk Insights and Imperial have partnered with the World Economic Forum to create the first New Champions Local Chapter S.A. which aims to amplify the Forum's global initiatives via supporting relevant activities of the S.A. business community to drive & accelerate impact on the ground.For more details, please contact [email protected]



Solving the Permanent Capital vs Closed End Fund conundrum for African Private Equity

Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022, Time: 5pm-7pm; Venue: 111 Somerset Rd, Level 3, TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164

Join Rudolf Pretorius (CIO of Adansonia Fund Manager Private Limited) and Amit Jain (Director NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies) as they discuss this challenge and brainstorm solutions. For details, please contact: [email protected]  RSVP as seats are limited.

Meet The Team


Prashant Yadav

Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD
Academic Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative.

Professor Yadav’s work focusses on health and social sector development through market based approaches He is the author of many peer reviewed scientific publications, and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media Prashant serves on the boards of many social enterprises, non-profits, and a venture fund.

Before his current role Prashant worked as Strategy Leader Supply Chain at the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Prashant also maintains a strong policy focus in his work He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Development and has provided expert testimony on multiple occasions in prominent legislative bodies around the world, including the US Congress. Prashant trained as a Chemical Engineer and obtained his PhD in Management Science Operations Research.

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Jean Lim

Administrative Assistant

Jean Lim is responsible for the overall administrative coordination of the INSEAD Africa Initiative. She manages the website, events, social media presence and related activities. Jean is the contact person for any queries you may have for IAI.  

Prior to joining INSEAD, Jean has held various administrative roles in the multinational environment, providing support to Directors; human resources management and taking care of secretarial and office administration management.

Vinika Devasar Rao

Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute & Gender Initiative
Asia Director, INSEAD Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society

Dr. Rao’s research is in gender diversity in corporate leadership, male allyship, millennials & inter-generational influences on the workplace, and emerging markets strategy. She is frequently invited to speak on related topics and is quoted / published in leading business publications. She started her career with an MNC bank and went on to become Managing Director of an Indonesian conglomerate, before making a serendipitous transition to education. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was Associate Professor of Strategy at the S.P. Jain Centre of Management, Singapore. She has a doctorate in leadership diversity from the Singapore Management University and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. She currently sits on the boards of a non-profit organization and a think tank and is Ambassador, Power Women of India; Council of Leaders, Women Icons Network; International Advisory Committee, Mody University; and Ambassador, She2030.

Vinika is passionate about supporting women managers to make fulfilling work-life decisions, aiming to do this through active sponsorship rather than mentorship alone. She believes that business has the potential to be a force for good, led by managers who value social impact and are committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals.


IAI Fellows


Lite J. Nartey

Visiting Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, Europe Campus

IAI Inaugural Distinguished Academic Fellow Professor Lite Nartey is a Visiting Professor of Strategy at INSEAD Fontainebleau. Her expertise in Africa focused strategy is directly relevant to the IAI mission to develop research, teaching and pedagogical instruments relevant to Africa.

Professor Lite holds a PhD in Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, as well as MSc in Management from The Wharton School. She was formerly on the faculty of the Sonoco International Business Development, Darla Moore School of Business, at the University of South Carolina.

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Meet The INSEAD Africa Club


INSEAD Africa Club is dedicated to developing the business and human capital of the African continent within the INSEAD community. The Club welcome membership from all current students with an interest in the African continent.  Contact INSEAD Africa Club for more information. 

INSEAD Africa Club's Mission & Goals

Fontainebleau & Singapore Campuses - MBA Class of 22D Committee (December 2022)

Ekpedeme Inyang

Co President

Edem Amenuvor

Co President

Salma Es-Salmani

VP Academics

Pierre Klopper

VP Finance

Shirhara Pattundeen

VP Events

Bertie Van Zyl

VP Socials

Mike Ford

VP Socials

Paul Mburu

VP Careers

Nirvan Bhoyroo

VP Careers

Iyin Owolaja

VP External Relations

Anjola Amosun

VP External Relations

Calvin Lee

VP Communications


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