I spent my summer internship in the Responsible Investing team of AfricInvest, based in Tunis, Tunisia, that looks after impact measurement and management in the company. An investment and financial services company founded in the early 1990s, AfricInvest raised USD 2 billion across 21 funds and has invested in more than 200 companies across 35 African countries. As one of the most experienced private equity investors on the continent, AfricInvest has dedicated investment teams focused on Africa, and employs more than 90 professionals in 11 offices.
Gender imbalance and the experiences of women and men in business and society have consequences for both organisations and the communities they serve. Across the African continent specifically, progress has been made in recent years to overcome discriminations, but efforts remain to be made. We spoke to two INSEAD Global Executive MBA alumnae who are playing a key role to advance conversations around gender parity and diversity in the region.
The bonds fostered through INSEAD often translate to lifelong friendships and business opportunities. Here is the story of two INSEAD MBA alumni whose graduate classes are nearly a decade apart, and who were brought together through an acquaintance at an INSEAD event. They are now working together building one of the largest sustainable fishing farms in Africa and making strides in a centuries old industry.
INSEAD is a school that promises cultural diversity, career development, and a network beyond comparison. With more than 60,000 alumni spread across over 170 countries around the world, both past and present students have been empowered to prosper in business globally. This has also allowed students from the African diaspora to use this synergy for business growth on the continent. Imagine a school that brings people together. A place that builds and develops leaders who transform business and society. Enter the place of higher education and learning, INSEAD.
No matter how many detours, u-turns, side roads and fast-tracks on the road to the career of your dreams, the journey is almost always transformative. Three entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds tell us about their experience and how going back to school brought about the most impactful change.
Economic growth in Asia-Pacific has gone hand in hand with an explosion in the region's business schools. Africa, meanwhile, has lagged behind other developing regions with only a handful of globally recognised business schools. In a recent podcast episode, Invest Africa spoke to INSEAD Associate Dean Katy Montgomery about why global business schools are looking to Africa and what priorities are shaping the business leaders of tomorrow.
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.