With a thriving economy and the highest entrepreneurship rate in the world, Africa is the place to be for working professionals looking to make their mark. We spoke to three INSEAD MBA alumni from the region about the skill sets needed in Africa, how the INSEAD MBA helped them excel, and what advice they would give to graduates looking to build a successful career in Africa.
I chose INSEAD because of its strong brand in Africa and the school’s focus on emerging markets strategy and technology entrepreneurship.
Every new idea I heard, I thought: “I can apply this in Africa."
Reflecting on my INSEAD experience so far on my last day in Kampala, Uganda, brings a fresh perspective on what was and what could have been. A lot has happened in the past seven months, and as the recruitment drive moves into full swing for the majority of my class it’s only fair to look back on the academic journey and share some thoughts for prospective students. Nostalgia is at the door but it isn’t time to open it yet!
The TIEMBA has been a very good return on investment, not just for me but also for the company.
Excited, optimistic and slightly naïve I arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to work on my summer project to deliver world class, affordable healthcare. The last six months of INSEAD have been a wild rollercoaster, and the two summer months are a good break to reflect and take a step back from Financial Markets & Valuation, Marketing and Macroeconomics and what not. The latter topic was completely wasted on me, but I do remember South Africa having the highest Gini Coefficient, a measure for inequality in an economy where 0 is total equality, and 1 is total inequality.
Having studied and worked all my life in and around Montreal, INSEAD is my gateway to international opportunities. So much learned in the first half of the MBA. As practice makes perfect, why not a summer internship to practice all of this? What one might expect coming in Africa with an outsider’s point of view is to have many misconceptions shattered. Of course, it’s easy to think about Africa as a continent, one continent. But how about viewing it as 54 different countries?