Spangler Building, Harvard Business School 

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15th Annual Africa Business Conference, 15th-17th February, 2013

The 15th Annual Africa Business Conference will be held at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The Conference will be held at the Harvard Business School campus, 15th-17th February, 2013

The conference is hosted by the Africa Business Club, a member of Student Clubs of HBS, Inc. The theme for this year's Conference, "Re-defining Africa: The Emergence of a New African Story", is in recognition of the fact that as Africa evolves, so too must the World's perception of Her. The aim of this Conference is to showcase those who continue to shape and influence the African story through business and enterprise, and to create an environment for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange ideas and spur one another on to action.

The Africa Business Conference is the world's largest student-run event focused on business in Africa. It brings together about 1,200 participants and is the ultimate networking opportunity for business and community leaders, corporate sponsors, students, educators from around the world and anyone passionate about business opportunities in Africa.

On this 15th Anniversary of the Conference, it aims to provide a multi-dimensional view of the various ways in which individuals and businesses alike are redefining Africa and cementing its place in history as a strong contributor to the global economy. The organisers ask for you to not simply attend, but participate wholeheartedly - engaging with them in jointly celebrating Africa's successes - and deliberate on how we can actively improve on our past as we press forward. Kindly join us all for what promises to be enlightening discussion!

For the 2012 Post conference brochure, kindly click here

  Keynote Presentation, 13th ABC conference

 Lunch in the Spangler Building

  Panel Presentations, Aldrich Building

 Inside the Spangler Building

Aldrich Building 

Corridor inside the Aldrich Building, where the separate panels are held

 Inside Aldrich Building

Professional Panels

Panels were organized in six tracks:

  1. Leadership in Action: From start-up entrepreneurs to large firm executives, hear how managers are leading teams and getting things done.
  2. Regional Integration and Trade: Explore how the changing geopolitical landscape is allowing firms to capture new markets.
  3. Capital Flows: Learn how investors are tapping into the African growth story across various asset classes.
  4. The African Consumer: Understand how firms are satisfying the growing demands of consumers on the Continent.
  5. Stengthening the Foundation: Learn what organizations are doing to improve the physical and social infrastructure in Africa.
  6. Capitalizing on Natural Resources: Discover how firms are maximizing value from natural resources.


 The Africa Business Conference includes;

  • Professional Panels
  • Activities for prospective Harvard University Students
  • Admission advice for prospective African students 
  • Multiple Keynote Sessions (as in picture above)
  • Networking Reception 
  • Entertainment activities;
    •    Banquet dinner, Concert, Fashion Show 

Our Educational Tour option over and above this include visits to;

  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Kennedy School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Broad Institute
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • New England Aquarium
  • IMAX Theatre, Boston
  • Lunch with Acumen Fund



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Why Travel to Harvard Business School & visit Ivy League Universities?

One answer as to why such a trip is important is because it provides one the opportunity to learn through action – “action learning”, as described by Revans (1981). ‘To "know" what action learning is, one must have been responsibly involved in it; since this cannot have been done merely by reading about action learning’ Read more 


For details of past HBC-ABC conferences, kindly click here

               Formal Dress Code! Sammy Tongoi & Dr. Weche  at the 2010 ABC conference, Harvard Business School

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 Keynote presentation at Harvard Business School's Africa Business Conference