ALUMNI EVENTS

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.

SCHEDULE

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

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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 is currently the Head of Financial Institutions – Africa at  Thompson Reuters , based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is responsible for supporting the pan-African business of Thompson Reuters across West, East and Southern Africa with on-the-ground teams in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. Prior to that, he was Partner and Managing Director of South Africa office of  Boston Consulting Group , the global consulting firm; Head of Strategy at  Barclays Africa ; and Director and Head of Risk in  Standard Bank . He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009 and listed as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Men under Forty in Africa by Forbes in 2011. He also served as President/ CEO of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA).

Euvin Naidoo is currently the Head of Financial Institutions – Africa at Thompson Reuters, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is responsible for supporting the pan-African business of Thompson Reuters across West, East and Southern Africa with on-the-ground teams in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. Prior to that, he was Partner and Managing Director of South Africa office of Boston Consulting Group, the global consulting firm; Head of Strategy at Barclays Africa; and Director and Head of Risk in Standard Bank. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009 and listed as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Men under Forty in Africa by Forbes in 2011. He also served as President/ CEO of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA).

EUVIN NAIDOO (MBA 2003), Head of Financial Institutions - Africa, Thompson Reuters 

 rs Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro-processing company and the managing partner at Sahel Capital, an advisory and consulting firm focused on the agribusiness and nutrition landscapes in Africa. She has 22 years of experience in international development and has led a range of initiatives across West Africa.  She started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer Executive Director of the FATE Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship development organization in 2000. She established LEAP Africa and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively.  She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes and a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow. She serves on numerous local and international boards including the Board of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, DSM Sustainability Board, the African Philanthropy Forum, AACE Foods, LEAP Africa, and the Centre for Memories.

rs Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro-processing company and the managing partner at Sahel Capital, an advisory and consulting firm focused on the agribusiness and nutrition landscapes in Africa. She has 22 years of experience in international development and has led a range of initiatives across West Africa.

She started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer Executive Director of the FATE Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship development organization in 2000. She established LEAP Africa and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes and a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow. She serves on numerous local and international boards including the Board of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, DSM Sustainability Board, the African Philanthropy Forum, AACE Foods, LEAP Africa, and the Centre for Memories.

NDIDI NWUNELI (MBA 1999), Social Entrepreneur, Sahel Capital, LEAP Africa & AACE Food Processing & Distribution

 r. Nkontchou is a serial entrepreneur and investor in many sectors including Agriculture, Financial services and Education in Africa. He is currently the Managing Partner of  Enko Capital Management LLP , an Africa-focused asset management firm, investing in both debt, private equity and listed equity opportunities across Africa, based in South Africa and London. He has built many businesses including  RMG Concept Limited , a leading distributor of agricultural inputs in Africa;  Enko Education Investments , an Africa-wide network of international schools offering students across Africa with a launchpad to the world's best universities; and  LiquidAfrica Holdings Limited , a pan-African investment bank specializing in capital raising and trading in all African markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuit, he was the head of Sub-Saharan Africa research at Merrill Lynch & Co. in London, where he was ranked in the Financial Mail 1999 Analyst Survey as one of the best research analysts on the continent; and worked as a Manager at Accenture in Paris, specializing in financial markets. He was nominated as Young Global Leader 2006 by the World Economic Forum.

r. Nkontchou is a serial entrepreneur and investor in many sectors including Agriculture, Financial services and Education in Africa. He is currently the Managing Partner of Enko Capital Management LLP, an Africa-focused asset management firm, investing in both debt, private equity and listed equity opportunities across Africa, based in South Africa and London. He has built many businesses including RMG Concept Limited, a leading distributor of agricultural inputs in Africa; Enko Education Investments, an Africa-wide network of international schools offering students across Africa with a launchpad to the world's best universities; and LiquidAfrica Holdings Limited, a pan-African investment bank specializing in capital raising and trading in all African markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuit, he was the head of Sub-Saharan Africa research at Merrill Lynch & Co. in London, where he was ranked in the Financial Mail 1999 Analyst Survey as one of the best research analysts on the continent; and worked as a Manager at Accenture in Paris, specializing in financial markets. He was nominated as Young Global Leader 2006 by the World Economic Forum.

CYRIL NKONTCHOU (MBA 1997), Managing Partner, Enko Capital Management LLP

 Kofi is a veteran in the African private equity investing space. He is currently a partner at the African Capital Alliance, a leading Africa-focused private equity firm, where he has led significant investments into leading African companies across various sectors.  His Finance career began with a stint at McKinsey where he advised executives at large African companies on strategic initiatives. He was also a Director at  Standard Bank  responsible for Strategic Investments, Joint Ventures and Alliances. He founded  Sagevest Holdings , an investment holding company making investments across Africa and Ark4, an Africa-focused venture capital platform investing in start-ups in various African countries, particularly West Africa.

Kofi is a veteran in the African private equity investing space. He is currently a partner at the African Capital Alliance, a leading Africa-focused private equity firm, where he has led significant investments into leading African companies across various sectors.  His Finance career began with a stint at McKinsey where he advised executives at large African companies on strategic initiatives. He was also a Director at Standard Bank responsible for Strategic Investments, Joint Ventures and Alliances. He founded Sagevest Holdings, an investment holding company making investments across Africa and Ark4, an Africa-focused venture capital platform investing in start-ups in various African countries, particularly West Africa.

KOFI KWAKWA (MBA 1994), Partner, Africa Capital Alliance

 Mrs. Laoye is one of the leading shakers of the health sector in Africa. She has led and continues to lead innovation and revolution in the delivery of quality health care to the fast growing African populace. She is the Founder and Chairman of  Hygeia HMO Nigeria Limited , the largest health insurance provider in Nigeria, providing healthcare insurance coverage and care to millions of Nigerians. She is currently a Director at the Investment Fund for Health in Africa, where she leads the fund’s private equity investment into innovative investment opportunities in the African health sector.   

Mrs. Laoye is one of the leading shakers of the health sector in Africa. She has led and continues to lead innovation and revolution in the delivery of quality health care to the fast growing African populace. She is the Founder and Chairman of Hygeia HMO Nigeria Limited, the largest health insurance provider in Nigeria, providing healthcare insurance coverage and care to millions of Nigerians. She is currently a Director at the Investment Fund for Health in Africa, where she leads the fund’s private equity investment into innovative investment opportunities in the African health sector.   

FOLA LAOYE (MBA 1999), Director, Investment Fund for Health in Africa

 Mr. Tanoh is the current Minister of Oil, Energy and Renewable Energy Development, Cote d’Ivoire. He is a very respected within international circles after a 17-year career with the  International Finance Corporation (IFC)  covering Asia, Latin America and Europe. He rose to become the Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and served on the Executive Committee of the corporation. He subsequently joined the  Ecobank  as Group Chief Executive Officer where he led the bank’s continued expansion in Africa. Mr Tanoh was awarded the Leadership Excellence Award of the Africa Business Club in 2011.

Mr. Tanoh is the current Minister of Oil, Energy and Renewable Energy Development, Cote d’Ivoire. He is a very respected within international circles after a 17-year career with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) covering Asia, Latin America and Europe. He rose to become the Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and served on the Executive Committee of the corporation. He subsequently joined the Ecobank as Group Chief Executive Officer where he led the bank’s continued expansion in Africa. Mr Tanoh was awarded the Leadership Excellence Award of the Africa Business Club in 2011.

THIERRY TANOH (MBA 1994), Minister of Oil, Energy & Renewable Energy Development, Cote d'Ivoire