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Letter from Our Co-Chairs

 
Conference Co-Chair Leo Markel

Conference Co-Chair

Leo Markel

Conference Co-Chair Nneka Ezeigwe

Conference Co-Chair

Nneka Ezeigwe

 

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Africa Business Club at HBS, we are excited to invite you to the 17th annual Africa Business Conference. The conference will be held in Boston, from February 27th to March 1st, 2015 and will continue the tradition of thought-provoking content and professional networking with inspirational people. This year, our goal is to facilitate a more practically useful experience for our attendees, and we are aiming to build on last year’s innovations to make this possible. We hope you will benefit from the new venture competition, interactive panel sessions, and a targeted networking lunch that will allow you to make connections that will be useful beyond the weekend.

This year’s theme "A More Inclusive Africa: the pursuit of progress for all" is one that is very meaningful to us. While the story of Africa's stellar growth has been amply celebrated in recent years, we believe opportunities to make it more inclusive and generate sustainable progress for all are the next chapter of Africa’s story. We define inclusivity in terms of socioeconomic segments, industries, gender, and sectors. We think that growth that cuts across all of these will generate multiplier effects in the economy and will promote political stability. We envision that this type of growth will be led by the private sector.  However, a public sector that promotes a business-friendly environment, creates a safety net, and exhibits good governance will be instrumental in achieving inclusive growth.  Hence, we aim to highlight how these two worlds can intersect for the greatest good. We want to inspire conversations that drive actions, which ultimately lead to the type of far-reaching progress that we envision for Africa. We hope to celebrate Africa’s successes but also talk about the opportunities to conquer the challenges that exist. Some key questions that we will discuss include:

‘How can businesses promote and benefit from inclusive growth?’

‘How should leaders across the private-public spectrum weigh the tradeoffs oftentimes involved in pursuing inclusive growth?’

‘What types of leadership are needed to achieve this progress?’

We look forward to discussing with you in person in February, as well as kicking off the conversation now via Twitter and Facebook.

Warm regards,

Nneka and Leo


New in 2015

  • New Keynote formats

  • New Startup Showcase

  • New opportunities to network based on particular interest

  • New, beautiful venue for banquet

  • New opportunities to hear HBS admissions insights from current students


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Meet Our Team


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Meet Our Team



adam stanek

PANEL ORGANIZER

amanda pratt

PANEL ORGANIZER

AMANDLA OOKO-OMBAKA

VPS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

ATIMA LUI

VP TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

CAROLYNE GATHINJI

VP SPONSORSHIPS

david wanyama

PANEL ORGANIZER

DUNCAN KAUFFMAN

VPS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Dylan emmett

PANEL ORGANIZER

EFOSA OJOMO

CO-PRESIDENT

florence dennis

PANEL ORGANIZER

FUNLOLA ABE

VPS CAREERS

GREGORY LAMONTAGNE

VPS CAREERS

GUY KAMGUIA

VP ADMISSIONS

HEAWOAN KIDANE

PANEL ORGANIZER

HAYOUNG KIM

PANEL ORGANIZER

HUMBULANI DOMBO

PANEL ORGANIZER

 

IFEDAYO KUYE

PANEL ORGANIZER

jameel adeniji

PANEL ORGANIZER

jen bullock

PANEL ORGANIZER

JOSH SANDLER

VP EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Julia pepiatt

PANEL ORGANIZER

kevin obara

PANEL ORGANIZER

LEAH ENDALKATCHEW

VP OPERATIONS

LEO MARKEL

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

maimouna diakhaby

PANEL ORGANIZER

MAYOWA KUYORO

CO-PRESIDENT

margaret nyamumbo

PANEL ORGANIZER

Mary-jean Nleya

PANEL ORGANIZER

megan hansen

PANEL ORGANIZER

nedu ottih

PANEL ORGANIZER

ndu okereke

PANEL ORGANIZER

Newton omebere-iyari

VPS TREKS

 

NICOLA ASGILL

VP SOCIAL

NJERI GATHINJI

VP FUNDRAISING

NNEKA EZEIGWE

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

nworah ayogu

PANEL ORGANIZER

Olamide Oladipo

VPS TREKS

Oare avbuluimen

PANEL ORGANIZER

patricia branch-zakkour

PANEL ORGANIZER

patrick fangen

PANEL ORGANIZER

RANDY OJUKWU

VPS MARKETING

sacha yabili

PANEL ORGANIZER

sisi pan

PANEL ORGANIZER

SOLINE MINIERE

VPS MARKETING

taher ezzi

PANEL ORGANIZER

tobi ogbechie

PANEL ORGANIZER

TUMI MOSURO

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

tracy han

PANEL ORGANIZER

WANDE ABE

VP ALUMNI AFFAIRS