INSEAD Strengthens Global Presence with Africa Initiative

Published December 7th, 2009 - 11:22 GMT

To reinforce its position as the leader in diversity and enhance its global relevance, INSEAD, the renowned international business school, announced the expansion of the Africa Initiative to its Abu Dhabi campus. This initiative aims to demystify Africa and support its efforts to create leaders with a global mindset who are able to operate across multiple cultures and geographies. The new effort will also enhance INSEAD’s presence and relevance in Africa, reinforcing the school’s mission of broadening its international network.

Africa is well on its way to becoming a real player in the world economy. Many African countries are experiencing strong economic growth and receiving significant inward flows from investors looking to benefit from the huge opportunities being deployed successfully by African companies. However, the African continent continues to remain seriously underrepresented in global business, both in terms of participants and content.

 To fulfil this mission, INSEAD’s Africa Initiative will:
• Bring more African perspectives to INSEAD’s MBA and Executive Education programmes by identifying and recruiting top African talent
• Provide future business leaders with greater exposure to African content (cases, experiences, speakers, events)
• Train African leaders by increasing their participation in INSEAD’s programmes and developing new programmes for leaders and organisations in Africa and the Middle East
• Enhance the institutional capacity of business schools in Africa
• Expand INSEAD’s outreach and network in Africa by building strategic partnerships with the private sector, public sector and academia

Loïc Sadoulet, Director of the INSEAD Africa Initiative, is scheduled to speak at the Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2009 (AFIF) taking place in Amsterdam on 13-15 December. The event, which is expecting some 300 participants from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., will focus on the strategic role of Partnerships for Growth & Development in Africa. Prof Sadoulet will participate in a panel session entitled ‘Boosting the African Economy through Entrepreneurship’, which will cover some of the challenges developers face and how they can attract new partnerships and opportunities for long-term economic growth.

‘Africa is changing and its playing an increasingly important role in shaping the global economic landscape.  As the Business School for the World, we need to ensure our participants and partners get an accurate understanding of the maturation of the African contexts, and foster exchange of ideas and perspectives to leverage the exciting economic changes into opportunities,’ says Sadoulet.


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