Calling all all Alumni!!! How would it feel to be back at HBS? We are extremely excited to invite you back to campus for the 20th anniversary of our conference. This year, we want to honor you and your successes since graduating. We have a set of invite-only, alumni centered events reflecting your programming suggestions. Please join us for a jam-packed weekend of networking, strategic planning, thought-provoking talks, and rekindling of friendships.
It's an interesting time on the continent and we are looking to get you engaged in the conversation about moving Africa to the center-stage of the world economy.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
*Location: Aldrich 111*
1:30pm – 2:00pm VIP & Alumni Registration
2:00pm – 3:20pm VIP & Alumni Case Discussion - Prof. John Macomber
3:20pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 4:45pm Opening Remarks: Mr. Raja Kaul, COO Sundial Brands
5:15pm – 7:00pm New Venture Competition - Spangler Auditorium
7:00pm – 8:30pm VIP and Alumni Reception - Yi-Ren Room, Chao Center
SATURDAY, MARCH 3
12:45pm – 1:45pm Alumni Strategic Input Lunch - Batten Hall Hives
Facilitated by HBS Professors
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
12:00pm – 2:30pm Alumni Brunch with current HBS Africa Business Club students
Location: Henrietta's Table, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
VIP & ALUMNI CASE STUDY
The HBS “case study method” is known around the globe, and HBS cases are used in every business school in the world. This is a highly interactive participant-centered method for learning. For HBS alums, welcome back; for our new guests, we hope this sample of the HBS experience will be a treat.
John Macomber, Professor, Harvard Business School
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School. His work focuses on the private finance and delivery of developing country public infrastructure projects. These include transportation, renewable energy, water/sanitation, and real estate investments that speed economic development, reduce environmental impacts (notably air and water pollution) and facilitate individual opportunity. His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public private partnerships), economic development, and urban planning as well as the impact of technologies like ubiquitous sensors, internet of things, mobile money, big data and analytics, improved filtration, and autonomous vehicles. Mr. Macomber is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Center for African Studies. Before joining the HBS faculty he was a principal in real estate and construction firms. Prof. Macomber teaches in the HBS Finance Unit. He leads the popular elective “Immersive Field Course: Africa: Building Cities” and he is faculty chair of the HBS Africa Research Center.
INTRODUCING THE alumni advisory board: harvard africa business club
It’s a special occasion this year as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Africa Business Conference. From its humble beginnings 20 years ago, the Africa Business Conference has come a long way to become one of the largest business gatherings of Africans outside the continent. This feat would not have been possible without the commitment and support of our distinguished alumni. This year, we took an important step towards formalizing the Club’s relationship with the alumni body by establishing an Alumni Advisory Board. The Board is an advisory body of distinguished alumni that supports and guides the Club in pursuing its objectives going forward. Members of the Board will continue to serve on a voluntary basis for a yet to be agreed upon period
EUVIN NAIDOO (MBA 2003), Head of Financial Institutions - Africa, Thompson Reuters
NDIDI NWUNELI (MBA 1999), Social Entrepreneur, Sahel Capital, LEAP Africa & AACE Food Processing & Distribution
CYRIL NKONTCHOU (MBA 1997), Managing Partner, Enko Capital Management LLP
KOFI KWAKWA (MBA 1994), Partner, Africa Capital Alliance
FOLA LAOYE (MBA 1999), Director, Investment Fund for Health in Africa
THIERRY TANOH (MBA 1994), Minister of Oil, Energy & Renewable Energy Development, Cote d'Ivoire