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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 format

  • New Startup Showcase

  • New opportunities to network based on particular interest

  • New beautiful venue for banquet

  • New opportunities to learn HBS admissions insights from current students


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Tickets

Q: When will registration open?

A: Early December 2014.

 

Q: What types of tickets will be available?

A: Tickets will be available for the conference, banquet, and party.  Earlybird tickets will be discounted.

 

Q: Will there be student tickets?

A: Yes, for students who can prove their eligibility (usually with student ID and .edu e-mail address).

 

Q: What do I do if I am having problems registering for the conference?

A: Please write to us via the Contact Us page.  Thank you!

 

Sponsorship

Q: I am interested in becoming a sponsor of the conference.  What are my options?

A: ABC 2015 has two types of sponsorship: direct and media.

  • Direct sponsors contribute funds that will be used towards the operations of the conference.  According to the tier of sponsorship, direct sponsors receive recognition, tickets, VIP access, priority in recruiting attendees, and other benefits.
  • Media sponsors generally contribute ad dollars used in promoting the conference’s mission and theme.  Media sponsors receive recognition as well as other benefits.

 

Q: To whom do I write if I am interested in learning more about sponsoring the conference?

A: For direct sponsorship, please write to Carolyne at cgathinji@mba2015.hbs.eduFor media sponsorship, please write to Randy at oojukwu@mba2015.hbs.edu.

 

Conference Content

Q: Who are the keynotes for ABC 2015?

A: We will keep the site updated as keynote speakers are confirmed.  Please check here to go to the Keynotes page.

 

Q: To whom do I write if I would like to suggest a keynote speaker?

A: Please submit your suggestion on our Contact Us page.  Thank you!

 

Q: What panels will be available at ABC 2015?

A: We will keep the site updated as panels and panelists are confirmed.  Please check here to go to the Panels page.

 

Q: To whom do I write if I know a professional who could contribute greatly as a panelist?

A: Please submit your suggestion on our Contact Us page.  Thank you!  Alternatively, you could directly contact the panel coordinator listed on the panel’s webpage.

 

Q: To whom do I write if I have a question about the New Venture Competition and/or the Startup Showcase?

A: Please write to Nicola at nasgill@mba2015.hbs.edu.

 

Logistics

Q: When should I plan to arrive in Boston?

A: We suggest arriving on the afternoon of Friday, February 27, 2015.

 

Q: When should I plan to depart from Boston?

A: We suggest staying in Boston until at least the morning of Sunday, March 1, 2015.

 

Q: Do you have hotel recommendations and/or discounts?

A: We will post hotel recommendations and discounts to the Logistics page.

 

Q: How do you recommend I get around Boston?

A: We suggest using official taxis, Uber, Lyft, and public transportation (MBTA).

 

Q: What is the schedule for the conference?

A: Please visit the Schedule page. Please note that the schedule may be updated until the day of the conference.

 

Q: What is the dress code for the conference?

A: The dress code is Business Formal except for the banquet which will be Evening Formal or traditional dress

 

Media

Q: Will streaming be available?

A: Yes, we expect to offer live feeds of the keynotes and potentially of select panels.  Please check the site on the day of the conference for more information.

 

Q: I work for a media organization and am interested in covering the conference.  Whom should I contact?

A: For media inquiries, please write to Randy at oojukwu@mba2015.hbs.edu.

 

Other Questions

Q: To whom do I write if I have an idea, suggestion, or concern regarding ABC 2015?

A: Please submit your suggestion on our Contact Us page.  Thank you!

 

Q: Where can I learn more about HBS?

A: Please visit the HBS website.

 

Q: I am a prospective HBS student.  How can I learn more about admissions?

A: Please visit the HBS admissions website.  Also, consider joining the admissions events during the conference.  For questions regarding admissions events during the conference, please write to Guy at gkamguiasopngwi@mba2015.hbs.edu.

 
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Meet Our Team


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AMANDLA OOKO-OMBAKA

VPS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

ATIMA LUI

VP TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

CAROLYNE GATHINJI

VP SPONSORSHIPS

DUNCAN KAUFFMAN

VPS COMMUNITY OUTREACH

EFOSA OJOMO

CO-PRESIDENT

FUNLOLA ABE

VPS CAREERS

GREGORY LAMONTAGNE

VPS CAREERS

 

GUY KAMGUIA

VP ADMISSIONS

JOSH SANDLER

VP EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LEAH ENDALKATCHEW

VP OPERATIONS

LEO MARKEL

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

MAYOWA KUYORO

CO-PRESIDENT

MELON FELEKE

VP SOCIAL

NICOLA ASGILL

VP SOCIAL

NJERI GATHINJI

VP FUNDRAISING

NNEKA EZEIGWE

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR

RANDY OJUKWU

VPS MARKETING

SOLINE MINIERE

VPS MARKETING

TUMI MOSURO

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

WANDE ABE

VP ALUMNI AFFAIRS