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INSEAD Africa Initiative

INSEAD Africa Initiative

Welcome to IAI

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

  • 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

  • people African Fellows program

    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
  • book Pedagogical & teaching material

    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
  • globe1 Research & scholarly outputs

    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
  • a Student Recruiting & Career Opportunities

    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

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

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Success StoryINSEAD - 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.

Research & Activities

Case Studies

Thought Leadership

INSEAD Knowledge (Africa Focus)

Upcoming Events (coming soon)

Past Events