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CIB Highlights: Africa

Beyond BRIC: The Business Case for Africa
April 12 – 16, 2010

Beyond the BRIC countries, what are the next frontiers for economic growth in the coming decades? CIB Highlights: Africa shifts the focus from aid to trade as we examine business success in the sub-Saharan region. We kick off the week with an overview of the entrepreneurial ventures and corporations that are thriving in African markets. We then hear from the dean of one of Africa’s top business schools about developing a new generation of African business leaders. Next we take a virtual trip to Africa with a night of cultural insights, music, and food. Finally, we hear from classmates who have lived and worked on the continent. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed on one of the world’s great areas of economic potential!

Planned Events

Monday April 12, 2010

5:00-6:30pm, Rosenwald Classroom
Reception to Follow

Africa Growth Opportunities: Entrepreneurship
and Public Companies

Nick Padgett T’94, Managing Director, Frontaura Capital

Murray Low, Director, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School

The IMF predicts that sub-Saharan Africa will grow 4.5% in 2010, well above the advanced economies and on par with the Middle East, Mexico, and Brazil. This panel juxtaposes Nick Padgett, an expert on Africa’s capital markets and public companies, with Murray Low, who specializes in African entrepreneurship. Together they will paint a picture of the diverse types of economic activity that are driving growth in Africa and the unique challenges and opportunities that Africa business people – from the grassroots entrepreneur to the corporate executive – face in this diverse landscape.

Tuesday April 13, 2010

12:00-1:00pm, Rosenwald Classroom

Developing the Next Generation of African Business Leaders

Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School

What does it take to lead sub-Saharan Africa to business success in the 21st century? Ms. Enase Okonedo, Dean of the Financial Times-ranked Lagos Business School, will discuss how her institution combines local knowledge, a global outlook, and a keen focus on ethics to produce leaders capable of transforming the region’s economic landscape.

Tuesday April 13, 2010

5:00-7:00pm, Cohen Great Hall, Whittemore

A Night in Africa: Highlights, Music, and Food

With Tuck African Ancestry Business Association (TAABA)

Come see the diversity of Africa! A Night in Africa will feature cultural highlights, performances, and food from different regions of the continent. The evening will kick off with trivia covering geography, history, economics, and culture. It will then transition to an exploration of Nigeria, the most populous country on the African continent. To top off the evening, there will be performances by Africaso Dance Group and World Music Percussion Ensemble led by Hafiz Shabazz and food from A Taste of Africa.

Wednesday April 14, 2010

4:40-6:00pm, General Motors Classroom

Reception to follow

Working and Living in Sub-Saharan Africa

Student Career Panel Moderated by Prof. Stocken
Organized by the Tuck Career Development Office

Join the Tuck Community in a career panel discussion on Working and Living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Moderated by Professor Stocken, a native of South Africa, you will learn more about the diverse cultures of this continent from your colleagues right here in this community. The panelists will share their first-hand experiences working and living in Namibia, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria in the private and non-profit sectors.