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Academic Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative
Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative,
Emerging Markets Institute & Gender 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 has since been closed.
"Why sharing patents for COVID-19 medicines is not enough", listen to this Trade Talks Podcast, where INSEAD Africa Initiative's Academic Director, Professor Prashant Yadav share some insights.
New Variants Show Why the World Urgently Needs Vaccine Equity. Published by Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Academic Director of the INSEAD Africa Initiative.
30 November 2021
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Past Event, 17 November 2021, 12:25 EST; 18:25 CET
Building Sustainable Humanitarian Supply Chains.
Prashant Yadav, Affiliate Professor of Technology & Operations Management, INSEAD will share more insights in this event, hosted by GBSN.
Event Rescheduled to Y2022
Countering Climate Change in Africa: Focus on Sustainable Energy
More details coming soon. Contact IAI for update.
How Africa Could Astonish the World. Published by Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Dr. Vinika D.Rao, Executive Director of the INSEAD Africa Initiative.
29 June 2021
Organised by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society and INSEAD Student Clubs, with support from Accenture Strategy, the three-day annual event will convene bright minds and changemakers to better understand how business can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around a series of hybrid conversations across campuses.
Allyship In and Beyond the MBA
Hosted by OUTSEAD, IWIB & AFRICA CLUBS
Featuring Professor Zoe Kinias
15 September 2021
WIA & INSEAD Webinar Series, 15 September 2021
An interactive 90-minutes session, working on real cases to support the vision of building impactful and sustainable businesses in Africa.
Registration closes 12 Sep'21.
An in-dept discussion on how technology has helped Babylon Health democratise healthcare in Rwanda. Read here for details published by Aishwarya Sridharan & Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society on 30 June 2021
Global Leaders Series for Africa: Brookings Institution Report: "Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent 2020-2030"
13 February 2020
Why business can be a force for good in SA by INSEAD's Dean Ilian Mihov, in an interview with BizNews, on a recent trip to South Africa.
5 April 2019
Research; Publications; Activities
Research & Publications
Unjani Clinics: Meeting the Need for Scale Through Social Franchising by Szerb A., Kivleniece I., Aggarwal V. A. (2021)
Praesens Care's Mobile Laboratories: An Innovative Service for Diagnostic Testing in Africa by Meijer B., Van Wassenhove L.
published: 23 Mar 2021
Destructive and Transformational Leadership in Africa by Kets de Vries M.F.R., Sexton J.C., Ellen III B.P
Africa Journal of Management, 2016
Invest Africa Insights: Shaping Africa's Future Leaders with Katy Montgomery, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes, INSEAD on 10 June 2021
The Impact of Inventory Management on Stock-Outs of Essential Drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Secondary Analysis of a Field Experiment in Zambia by Leung N.Z., Chen A., Yadav P., Gallien J.
Plos One (2016)
Chinese Investment in Africa: Avenues for Academic Scholarship by Nartey L.J., Mezias S., (2014)
MBA case study: fixing pharma in Gabon - The first in a series of teaching cases exploring business dilemmas. For a teaching note to accompany this case study, contact our INSEAD Africa Initiative's Academic Director, Professor Prashant Yadav at [email protected]
published: 13 Feb 2023
En Classe: Aligning Incentives in the Public School System across Democratic Republic of Congo by Sevcenko V., Heely L., Stolk D.
published: 02 Feb 2021
The AAK Kolo Nafaso Programme: Securing an Alternative Shea Supply Chain by Chattopadhyay A., Wee J., Dolbec P., Nanarpuzha R.
published: 30 Jun 2020
ACTIS' Pan-Regional Payments Platform: Private Equity Buy-and-build Strategy in Middle East & Africa by Claudia Zeisberger, Jean Wee
published: 29 Jan 2018
Shoe Manufacturer Stepping into High-Pace Markets: Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy for Clarks in Africa by Philip M. Parker, Yvan van Dam
published: 26 Oct 2015
INSEAD is at the heart of the dialogue around growth and development, advocating on business and employment creation as the platform for sustainable, long-term prosperity. Through a variety of conferences, seminars and workshops, IAI provides a platform for international policy makers, business leaders, investors and INSEAD faculty to share their insights on the global landscape, economic outlook of African markets and how companies need to adapt their business models. Also, there will be opportunities for guests and participants to network and meet people who would influence them and impact their business.
INSEAD Africa Fellowship Programme invites academics and business policy leaders to engage on research, teaching and development of pedagogical instruments relevant to Africa.
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INSEAD Africa Programmes
Africa Thought Leadership
Views expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of INSEAD IAI
INSEAD is committed to a greater involvement with Africa, to enhancing learning and enabling better mutual exchange of knowledge in relation to this rich and diverse continent, its people, environment, businesses and innovations.
Business-government partnerships will play a transformative role in accelerating sustainable growth in Africa. Through IAI we hope to create the scholarship to contribute to such partnerships, and train future business leaders to lead them.
Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD;
Academic Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative
The distinctively unique continent of Africa, with its wealth of natural resources and human capital, makes a special contribution to global business and society. At the Africa Initiative, we look forward to learning from and about Africa as well as sharing management knowledge and best practice to enhance its continued success.
Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative, Gender Initiative & Emerging Markets Institute
Asia Director, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society
We look forward to engaging with current and future leaders across Africa to capture an extraordinary opportunity. Together, we can realize a sustainable future where healthy communities, healthy ecosystems and healthy economies grow together.
Katell Le Goulven, Ph.D
Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society
Africa provides many opportunities for mutual learning with INSEAD on gender balance. With significant gender gaps in many African countries connected to education, earnings, and leadership, cocreation of wise practices to develop equity can emerge for Africa’s benefit. Plus, Africa’s brilliant women leaders provide valuable insights for the world.
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Academic Director, INSEAD Gender Initiative Chair, Organisational Behaviour Area
Africa: so many opportunities to do well by doing good! Given INSEAD’s strengths in international business and entrepreneurship education, we look forward to supporting both local and international players capture these opportunities. The INSEAD Africa Initiative is our commitment to making this happen.
Michael A. Witt
Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy and International Business
The African continent offers us new insights into business practices, innovation, leadership, and more. Yet Africa and Africans are under-represented in our research and classrooms. The INSEAD Africa Initiative aims to rectify this.
Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chaired
Professor of Leadership
We need a new way of thinking about Africa – from the predominant development-through-aid perspective to a development-through-business perspective. Business academia can help drive that change by asking new research questions steeped in the rich and diverse contexts of the countries on the Continent and focused on understanding the roles business, and specifically large multinationals, play in shaping economic development. It is essential that we use a business lens to create and advance deeper more nuanced understandings of development for Africa.
Lite J. Nartey
Visiting Professor of Strategy at INSEAD
Equity! That is the conversation we finally need to have about Africa and then take real action. Why must Africa continue to be treated as less than when Africa’s resources, both natural and human, have been the foundation of modern wealth for many? It is time for a new conversation.
INSEAD Board Member
Author, The Bold New Normal
Family entrepreneurs create the foundation for Africa's future growth and prosperity. Family businesses are powerful because they see their enterprises as both economic and social contributors to their communities and countries. INSEAD has been honored to train many African family businesses through our degree and executive education programs.
Dr. Randel S. Carlock
Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Emeritus Professor in Enterpreneurial Leadership
Africa used to be called “the hopeless continent” by The Economist; it has now become the continent of “1.2 billion opportunities”. The most important opportunity is better education and a better life of the people on this great continent.
Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Professor of Economics, INSEAD,
CEPR and Graduate Institute Geneva
The ‘Business School for the World’ has to substantially grow its interest in the African continent. ’Business as a Force for Good’ implies that we use our knowledge, on technology, health, business models and supply chain management, in finding creative solutions, e.g. in curbing possible future pandemics.
Luk Van Wassenhove
Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Academic Director INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group
Africa’s rapid urbanization, rising population, and growing markets make it extraordinary attractive for investments. Businesses will play a transformative role in the coming decades with new business models and innovations tailored to the local context.
Professor of Economics
INSEAD has always been dedicated to being international. The Africa Initiative is an integral part of this commitment. I am proud to be associated with it and look forward to the continuing journey of mutual learning.
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Demographically, Africa is China in 1965 and India in 1995. Nurture the youth of Africa over the next 20-30 years and they will solve the problems of the planet in the latter half of the 21st century. African youth are the future. How can we help them on their journeys?
Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise
Academic Co-Director Global Private Equity Initiative (GPEI)
Africa has so much richness, diversity as a source of learning, and people with talent and creativity to support opportunities for growth.
Stephen E Chick
Professor of Technology Management
Novartis Chair of Healthcare Management, INSEAD
I am looking forward to teach for the first time in Rwanda in the Valuation and Risk Management Programme. I hope this is the beginning of a long-lasting engagement with the African continent.
Professor of Finance
Africa’s collective future needs innovation that takes place within the context of communities, experiments to ﬁnd alternative strategies while addressing social needs to unearth power of all people, fostering technology as enabler, and collaboration to learn from different worlds. Thought leaders serve to enhance engagement of professionals based on humanistic principles, that value individuality, integrity, and serving the community.
Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD
Emerging Markets Institute
With challenge comes opportunity, and this makes Africa such a promising continent for ambitious entrepreneurs and their investors. INSEAD’s role in providing knowledge and experience to the next generation of African startup leaders could be a game changer to its entrepreneurial success.
Visiting Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD
Data about people, who are most in need of help, are often scarce and lack quality. This should not deter research and innovation. Instead, we should seek to help others, make do with what is available now, and explain how current practices should be changed to support future research.
Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD
Honored to contribute to INSEAD Africa Initiative delivering our first Executive Education Programme in Rwanda in partnership with Brussels Africa Hub, Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Finance Limited. A country of great ambitions for the whole African continent developing future Leaders in the financial sector.
INSEAD Executive Education
Africa is on the move, making great strides to overcome its challenges and unlock its tremendous economic and business potential. Undoubtedly, the region will be the world’s next big growth market in the decades ahead. By launching the INSEAD Africa Initiative, the institution’s leadership demonstrates its confidence in the future of Africa and its commitment to be a key catalyst of its success.
Dr. Brahima Sangafowa Coulibaly
Vice President, Global Economy and Development
The Brookings Institution, Washington DC
The European Union and Africa have committed to an equal partnership to enable them to achieve the UN SDGs. Knowledge partnerships with the private and educational sectors are integral to this commitment and should be extended further. Institutions like INSEAD have the expertise to enhance the impact that well-chosen policies, strengthened institutional capacities, and more effective governance, will have on the challenges to economic and social growth and stability. Multi-lateral and multi-sectoral collaboration that build on past successes and correct areas of under-performance, notably in the organization of domestic and international financing resources and the regulation of trade relations, urgently need to be addressed.
Thomas C Barrett
Senior non-resident Fellow, Global and Development, Brookings Institution DC FMR Chairman of the OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum.
FMR Director of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Permanent Representative of the EIB to the United States. INSEAD'78
Africa’s share of the global population under 35 is 23%, and yet Africa’s share of Global GDP is only +-3%. Technological advances are making it possible for people with very limited resources to participate politically and economically like never before. So with the world’s youngest and fastest urbanising continent, we at Adansonia believe this 23% / 3% ratio will look very different by 2040!
CEO, Adansonia Group
The 4th industrial revolution is driving global change towards stakeholder capitalism and sustainable development. Africa is uniquely positioned to lead the way with its rich natural resources and diverse societies. For instance, the AI-powered rating tool ESG GPS is built by Africans for Africa and the rest of the world, to create a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for all.
Interim CEO, Risk Insights and Co-Chair
World Economic Forum New
Champions Chapter South Africa
My first glimpse of the African continent was when arriving by sea, after a passage of 31 days from the Cabo Verde Islands, early in the morning with the sun slowly illuminating Cape Town. I was impressed with the hard working and friendly people I met. To me, it is clear that we Europeans should be in the frontline supporting Africa’s development. While the colonial history had many negative aspects, it left a heritage of languages, culture and administration systems. Our collaboration should be in the context of general business and governance, where INSEAD is perfectly placed, with its managerial education programmes, know-how of start-ups, ESG, multiculturalism and modern business methods in general.
Ole K Røed
The INSEAD Africa Initiative is in a unique position to build trust between the aid agencies and the private sector to accelerate development. In this regard its support to the sustainable development goals is highly commendable. IAI may wish to consider elaborating indicators that measure results of specific SDG goals to which INSEAD contributes. Establishing an Africa Information Centre would enhance knowledge of Africa’s cultural diversity and might provoke serious interest in working and investing there.
Author of A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa
When we discriminate based on gender, race, religion, social class, beliefs, or ideology, we limit our possibilities. When we embrace diversity, we experience humanity at its finest and unleash the power of many. In my informed opinion, diversity simply means we are differently similar - we are human!
Africa Tax Leader, PwC
The immediacy and severity of climate change on the continent, paired with Africa’s leapfrog capacity and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, is driving potentially world-changing green innovation. Ambo Ventures is committed to supporting Africa’s leading entrepreneurs in the fight against climate change.
Africa offers an amazing range of business opportunities. The standout feature of the market is its openness and the fact that the ESG impact (ESG ROI!) of carefully thought through business ventures on the continent is more straightforward and bigger than anywhere else on earth. I am happy that IAI focuses on ‘enhancing learning about Africa’, more strength to you.
Ranveer S Chauhan
Chairman, Advisory Board
NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies, Singapore
As the world’s ‘youngest’ continent, there is a huge opportunity to nurture creativity and talent that can drive sustainable development. This can only be done if we provide the right learning and support environment. I expect the next few years will be instrumental in shaping our future entrepreneurs.
Investor Relations Manager
Development Bank Ghana
In the best case high economic growth scenario, the gap between Africa’s rising share of world population and low share of global GDP will remain dangerously elevated in the next century. Should Africa’s economy falter, the consequences would be too ghastly to contemplate. If Africa fails, the world will be at risk. Still, Africa promises to be the last frontier of global growth.
Member of Boards, former Goldman Sachs CEO Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s true potential and place in the world is yet to be realised, and as the interconnectivity of the world becomes even more normalised and extensive, it has increasingly become more urgent that Africa is not left behind. The world needs an Africa that can stand on its own, instead of one propped up by ‘foreign aid’ crutches. With the right leadership and partnerships efficiently utilising Africa’s vast human and mineral resources, the continent will be on its way to the forefront of innovation and positive change in the world.
Former Co-President, INSEAD Africa Club
Informal retailers serve the largest demographic in Africa but are themselves greatly underserved by the existing infrastructure. At Wasoko, we are empowering vital players in the market with access to quality products and streamlined services that help their businesses grow - ultimately driving the informal sector forward.
CEO & Founder - Wasoko
Speaker, INSEAD Africa Business Conference 2022
African sovereign investors have demonstrated their ability to develop and implement innovative mechanisms such as public-private partnerships across all kinds of sectors. Integrating climate finance constitutes yet another pillar for Africa’s sustainable development, a challenge for us all to rise to.
Akim M. Daouda
Chief Executive Officer
Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Gabonese Republic (FGIS)
My first faculty position was at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and ever since then, I have loved Africa: her natural beauty, her wildlife, and the potential of her people. I am proud to continue to support education for Africans now, nearly 50 years after my first experience.
H. Landis Gabel
Emeritus Professor of Economics & Management;
The Novartis Chair in Management & the Environment,
ShEquity is committed to gender equity and invests in African female-led and owned businesses aiming for triple bottom-line: Profit, People and the Planet. African women are underestimated and underfunded, even thought they lead/own 40% of SMEs on the Continent. Closing the existing gender funding gap in Africa will benefit everyone and accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.
Founder and Managing Partner, ShEquity
Although Africa has contributed the least to climate change, it faces some of its most severe impacts. At the same time, Africa is home to many transformative and innovative climate solutions – from livestock insurance for cattle herders to clean cookstoves that generate emission reductions credits. Integrating climate and development considerations is at the heart of the World Bank Group’s approach to climate action, and will be critical to meet the continent’s development and climate objectives.
Manager, Climate Finance & Economics
Climate Change Group
The World Bank
Economic growth, poverty alleviation, adaptation to climate change and integration into the global economy are key challenges for many countries in Africa. INSEAD’s Africa Initiative aims to shed light on these topics through the exchange of knowledge and the generation of practical policy solutions. This will be of great benefit to policymakers, businesspeople, activists, and researchers who are working to improve lives and livelihoods across the continent.
Director for Energy and Development
The Breakthrough Institute
INSEAD shows how a business school for the world can be a business school for Africa. It’s less about bringing the intellectual power of 164 professors from 40 countries to the continent, and more about the shared purpose and values that bring the INSEAD community together, especially the belief that diversity—in people, culture and ideas—is a powerful driver of innovation and transformational learning.
Chief Executive Officer
Global Business School Network (GBSN)
Greening African economies offers a chance to tackle youth unemployment and environmental issues. Education and training programs can equip young people for these jobs, promoting inclusive economic growth with no one left behind. Therefore, tackling youth unemployment, climate change challenges and following a just transitions approach, can lead to a prosperous future for the continent.
Professor Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu
Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences
University of Pretoria
INSEAD Knowledge (Africa Focus)
Confronting Climate Change in Africa. Published by Prof Prashant Yadav, Academic Director and Dr. Vinika Rao, Executive Director of INSEAD Africa Initiative
Experts discuss how the climate emergency is impacting Africa – and how leaders across the continent are taking action to mitigate it. - Dec 21, 2022
The Role INSEAD Alumni Are Playing To Advance The Gender Initiative in Africa. Published "InTheKnow", an article where our team spoke to two INSEAD Global Executive MBA alumnae who are playing a key role to advance conversations around gender parity and diversity in the region. - Dec 2022
Empowering Public Health Leaders in Africa Published by Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD and Paul Lalvani, Empower School of Health
A unique programme to foster leadership and supply chain skills through public-private capacity-building efforts.
June 27, 2022
Are Our Supply Chains Ready for the Next Global Health Crisis? Published by Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Academic Director of INSEAD Africa Initiative
We need resilient healthcare supply chains to prepare for the next global health emergency. Here's how to do it.
May 25, 2022
Lessons in Sustainable Change Management: #deCOALonize Kenya. Published by Wamaitha Mungai, founder of Sustainability Challenger (EMC 2021), Lee White, INSEAD Thesis Supervisor, and Zoe Kinias, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
The campaign to prevent the construction of a coal power plant on an idyllic island in the Indiana Ocean.
February 8, 2022
New Variants Show Why the World Urgently Needs Vaccine Equity. Published by Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Academic Director of INSEAD Africa Initiative
Delivering more vaccines to low-and middle-income countries is vital if we want to limit the emergence of new coronavirus variants. - November 30, 2021
Improving Women's Access to Mobile Family Planning Services. Published Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management.
Cash-strapped NGOs could reach more clients in rural areas - at no extra cost - by basing their visit frequency on data instead of habits. - November 1, 2021
When the Problem Isn't the Problem. Published by Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management, and Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management.
October 6, 2021
Harnessing AI for Healthcare in Rwanda. Published by Aishwarya Sridhavan & Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.
Digitization of Rwanda’s healthcare system through the successful adaptation of a mature market solution by Babylon Health. - June 30, 2021
How Africa Could Astonish the World. Published by Prashant Yadav, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Dr. Vinika D.Rao, Executive Director of the INSEAD Africa Initiative.
June 29, 2021
Harnessing Solar Energy in Rwanda. Published by Hoffmann Global Institute of Business and Society.
“Why should you become a force for good? Because it brings you a level of satisfaction that you cannot experience solely as a profit-seeking entrepreneur.”
November 11, 2020
Africa's Drone Medical Delivery Service Saves Lives in Lockdown. Published by Lee Seok Hwai, INSEAD Knowledge Senior Editor.
Could airborne despatch of medical supplies also the answer to the needs of developed countries?
June 12, 2020
The Powerful Leadership of African Women. Published by Lucy Quist (INSEAD MBA'05J), INSEAD Board Director.
Six women leading the way and inspiring others to realise their potential.
March 6, 2020
Three Keys to Creating Prosperity in Africa. Published by Lucy Quist (INSEAD MBA'05J), INSEAD Board Director.
While each country must finds its own path, every leader working on its continent must commit to improving its brand equity.
September 11, 2019
What Firms Can Learn from NGOs in Africa. Published by Luk Van Wassenhove, INSEAD Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Harwin de Vries, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Cross-learning between the corporate world and non-profits. - February 27, 2019
The "Africa" Framework for Start-ups in Tough Places. Published by Loic Sadoulet, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Economics, and Swaady Martin, Founder and CEO, YSWARA
...many of the strategies and tactics instrumental to its successful African expansion to launch YSWARA. - August 3, 2016
How Women Are Changing the World. Published by Hans H. Wahl, Director INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP)
As social entrepreneurs, women are uniquely positioned to understand and address society's unmet needs.
March 8, 2016
China's Africa Policy: A Matter of Development. Published by Jonathan Story, Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at INSEAD.
October 4, 2012
ESG: Driving Positive Change in Africa
How Africa can accelerate development on the continent by using ESG? Join us in this webinar where our distinguished panelists will focus on the current status, global perspective and lessons, and ESG disclosure as a driver of sustainability performance among other issues.
An event in collaboration with Risk Insights Inc.
How can Africa bolster its Resilience in the face of mounting Geopolitical pressures?
An interactive session and talk with Colin Coleman on how Africa can become more resilient in the face of mounting geopolitical pressures. Colin, a widely regarded expert on the economic development challenges and opportunities across the African continent, currently serves as INSEAD distinguished fellow after having served as the CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa for Goldman Sachs.
Event brought to you by INSEAD Africa Initiative and Africa Business Club.
Climate Change - Impact on Africa on November 03, 2022
Climate change is having a devastating impact on the African continent. It is creating food insecurity, stressing water resources, depleting human health, causing population displacement and negatively impacting socio-economic development in Africa. Like elsewhere on the planet, its consequences are felt most by those that can afford it the least. The panel will discuss the impact of climate change on Africa and the possible solutions to reduce or counter the same.
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
Hosted by PROFESSOR ZOE KINIAS around a NEW CASE FOCUSING ON GENDER DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION.
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.
2023 Applications Now Open!
DHL GoTrade GBSN Fellowship Program
This Fellowship Program is designed to partner postgraduate business students with SMEs to foster greater cross-border trade.
Launch of the World Economic Forum New Champions Local Chapter South Africa, June 14, 2022
View details here.
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, June 8, 2022
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Rudolf Pretorius (CIO of Adansonia Fund Manager Private Limited) and Amit Jain (Director NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies) discussed this challenge and brainstorm solutions. For details, please contact: [email protected]
Want to give your own TED Talk? Showcasing your big and bold ideas? The TED Idea Search: Africa 2022 is now opened for applications till June 24, 2022. Applications are opened to anyone living in or descended from the African continent. Winniers will be invited to give a TED talk! Apply now.
Ensuring an Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery through Investments in Cash, Care, and Data. PODCAST
Ms Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and Planning of Nigeria; Ms Jennifer Klein, Executive Director, White House Gender Policy Council; Ms Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
How Crypto, Blockchain, NFTs and the Metaverse can Transform African Markets
Webinar hosted by Connect Africa, exploring how African markets are poised for the opportunities & challlenges posed by these emerging technologies. Post-event details.
The Sankalp Africa Summit from March 01-04, 2022
Come prepared to learn and contribute, surface partnership opportunities, generate leads for capital and engage fellow stakeholders to further your mission. The possibilities are infinite. Register. View Summit time here.
SankalpForum, Intellecap and Aavishkaar Group.
Uniting Business Africa on 02 December, 6:00pm to 10:30pm GMT+8
Virtual event where African experts & global leaders share insights on Mobilizing African Business for Impact.
Click here for agenda and registration. Complimentary registration!
Virtual Event LIVE from COP 26 from 10 Nov, 4:00 pm to 11 Nov, 3:00 pm.
An event hosted by United Nations Global Compact.
Young Women Leadership on Climate Adaptation
The 20-week long comprehensive online executive training program is tailored to young African women in influential roles leading and advocating for sustainable solutions and building resilience to the changing climate.
GBSN Beyond: Virtual Conference Reimagined
November 15-17, 2021 - Focus on 4 themes: Humanitarian Logistics, Climate Change, Healthcare & Human Rights.
Complimentary institutional registration to INSEAD community (code: INSEADgbsnBEYOND)
The HUMLOG Challenge 2021, with winning prize USD5,000 sponsorship opportunity
Student competiton that focuses on Community Disaster Resilience, especially in view that the Covid-19 pandemic has tested communities across the world on preparedness and resilience. Competition participants are to do the following: Indicate a natural disaster relative to their geographical region. From there, students must describe a locally-relevant problem related to the natural disaster and a creative solution for the problem
Meet The Team
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.
Visiting Senior Researcher
Olumurejiwa (Mureji) Fatunde is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Operations Management and Statistics research group within the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.
Her research interests include informal supply chains, behavioral operations, and the application of natural language processing and other machine learning methods to operations challenges. Her work leverages methods from diverse fields including operations research, statistics, computer science, and economics. She received a PhD in Operations Management & Decision Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2022.
Before beginning her PhD, she worked on several projects related to improving public health supply chains in Nigeria. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University and an MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from the London School of Economics.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Lecossois has over three decades of retail experience in global emerging markets. Mr. Lecossois is currently the Operating Partner of a Nigeria based mid-size equity firm with the mission to invest in West African SME’s in building regional champions. He is also the Board Member and Chairman of the Strategy Committee of an African supermarket chain strategizing to expand its growth within the continent. His areas of focus will be building a sustainable supply chain working directly with African growers and manufacturers. He will also be focusing on promoting, coaching and mentoring African women to highlight their potential and capabilities to foster a more inclusive work environment.
Mr. Daouda is an investment professional with two decades of experience in driving large-scale social and economic development projects across the African continent. As the CEO of Fonds Gabonais D’Investissements Strategiques, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Gabon, he oversees the execution of the Fund’s strategy, supporting the government’s plan towards energy transition and biodiversity promotion and protection, including leading the world’s first and largest ever carbon credits issuance by a sovereign wealth fund. A leading African climate finance pioneer, Mr. Daouda holds active roles on several corporate and advisory boards focused on unlocking investment and support engagement with African financial institutions such as the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) African Network and Union Gabonaise de Banque, a subsidiary of Morocco’s Attijariwafabank and Gabon’s second largest bank. Mr. Daouda is also a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders award and the Tutu Fellowship Programme.
Mr. Coleman is a South African businessman, academic and public figure. He is currently an independent non-executive member of the board of The Foschini Group and member of the advisory board of AriseIIP, a developer and operator of industrial ecosystems in Africa. He is also Co-Chairman of the Youth Employment Service (YES). A former partner of Goldman Sachs, Colin was Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs, until his retirement in end 2019. In the 1980's, Colin was an anti-apartheid activist, deeply involved in South Africa’s constitutional transition from apartheid to democracy since 1989. He was awarded the World Economic Forum’s "Global Leader for Tomorrow" and named as one of Euromoney's World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century."
GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellow
Dr. Mathuva is currently a Senior Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Programmes at Strathmore University Business School (SBS). He also serves as the Academic Director in the MSc. in Development Finance Programme. Previously, David served as the Faculty Affairs Director at SBS. David holds a PhD in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance), a Master of Commerce (Forensic Accounting) and he is a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK. Apart from his previous corporate experience in the financial services sector in KPMG where he has been consulted for various corporations within the East African region, David has also taught for 13 years at both academic, professional, and corporate/executive levels, involving in speaking engagements in the international accounting and finance conferences and has since published several research articles.
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 23J Committee (July 2023)