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



Global Community


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


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Past Events


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

1 December 2021, Europe Campus (Zoom event)

For current MBA students only.

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

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 Akinola15 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.

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 July 2022

Vaik Kedar Boulou

Co President

Kwame Owusu-Ansah

Co President

Koffi Espoir Koumi

VP Academics

Israel Ochwo

VP Finance

Maryam Lachkar

VP Conference

Anye Tamambang

VP Conference

Tetlanyo Lekalake

VP Communication & Marketing

Sanelisiwe Nkuta

VP Social Affairs

Damien Erasmus

VP Social Affairs

Stephane Ketchassi

VP External Relations

Tim Ayo-Ajayi

VP External Relations

Jelena Maric

VP Career


          Niccolo Lami

           VP Internal Affairs


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