Letter from Our Co-Chairs
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.
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