Over the past few years, Ghana has stood out as one of the rising stars of Africa in the context of socio-economic development. The traditional focus on agriculture is being diversified, helping to build a solid competitive advantage and further strengthening the country’s appeal to investors.

Fernando Barnuevo, Chairman of the IE Fund Board of IE Business School, talks to IE Fund Board member Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, on the emerging challenges and opportunities in Ghana, particularly those arising out of industrialization and diversification of the agricultural sector.

Kistefos Young Talented Leaders Scholarship

Kistefos Young Talented Leaders Scholarship

The Kistefos Young Talented Leaders Scholarship at IE was set up thanks to the generosity of Kistefos AS and its founder Christen Sveeas. With the aim of breaking financial barriers to higher education for students from Norway, Ethiopia, Liberia and South Africa, this scholarship is the most recent instalment in IE Foundation’s Talent Without Borders program.


Leveraging a fast growing alumni network on the continent as well as partnerships with private, public and non-profit organizations, IE’s vision is to promote business innovation and social entrepreneurship in Africa through knowledge generation, research and technology.



With over 100 students from all over Africa that enroll at IE each year


Innovative Academic Content

That incorporates the most recent trends in management and is relevant to the realities of doing business in Africa


Alumni Network

Our alumni network across Africa continues to grow, spanning the entire continent


Local Presence

We are active in over 20 cities across Africa and have regional offices in Lagos and Johannesburg to ensure that we are close to our alumni and prospective students


Innovative Events

Each year IE hosts over 60 events aimed at different educational interests in over 20 cities and 10 countries across Africa


Partnerships and collaborations

IE partners with private, public & non profit African organizations to educate & equip the next generation of global leaders

Our Initiatives

The IE Africa Center partners with African innovators and their institutions on the continent and across the diaspora, to build academic content and research designed to reshape the world.

Africa Illuminated

This collaboration between IE and the Africa-America Institute will reveal, illuminate and reinvent the way in which Africans understand themselves and the way the world understands Africa through a series of specially designed humanities courses. The courses will be offered at IE University and will be available to all IE students as a part of their humanities general education requirement. This collaboration will also feature a yearly lecture entitled “Africa Illuminated.”

IE Africa Center Social Innovators Retreat

Africa’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs will be invited for a week long retreat at IE’s 14th century campus in Segovia to connect, create and scale up solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Women on Boards

As part of its commitment to gender and diversity, IE In partnership with the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) organization in Nigeria, launched the Women on Boards program to prepare female executives in Nigeria for positions on Boards by harnessing their soft and hard skills and unleashing their full potential as leaders. Top female executives and entrepreneurs across different sectors gather together for this three month blended format leadership development program with sessions in Lagos, Nigeria and Madrid.

English, Nigeria, blended

Featured Events

IE organizes, supports and participates in various Africa focused activities in various countries across the continent and on campus in Madrid.

African Solutions Global Challenges: Lagos Edition

IE Africa Center hosted the Lagos edition of its event series African Solutions, Global Challenges on Tuesday 11 June 2019. The forum was opened by the President of IE University Santiago Iñiguez and featured a rich intellectual discussion with high level speakers from various sectors proposing ideas that they have developed to address global challenges. Read the article

AfricaCommsWeek 2019

Join IE for Africa Communications Week from 20 – 24 May 2019 in various cities across the continent. Africa Communications Week is the premier gathering for communications professionals and thought leaders looking to impact the current narrative on Africa. IE is proud to support AfricaCommsWeek as Knowledge Partner.


Organised by the IE Africa Club, the IE Africa Business Forum provides a space for students to interact with experts in various fields of interest with a focus on the continent. This year marks the 8th annual event centered on the theme, “The Role of Entrepreneurship towards Sustainable Development”.


  • Chidi Okoro
    I took the IE Executive Master in Positive Leadership Leadership, overall it was a great programme and even more relevant to the African environment with ever growing challenges of achieving development across all facets. Applying positive psychology may just facilitate a sustainable and more inclusive progress!
    Chidi Okoro
    Managing Director/CEO, UAC Foods
  • Foluso Gbadamosi
    I had recently been appointed to the Board of Industrial & General Insurance Company and heard about this leadership development course specifically tailored for women like myself. The course balanced all aspects of being a board member including skills like personal-branding and communication skills. It fit very well into my schedule because it was a mixture of online and face-to-face classes both in Lagos and Madrid.
    Foluso Gbadamosi
    Executive Director, Industrial & General Insurance, Nigeria
  • Mehdi Nassih
    My experience at IE was unique, as I had the opportunity to study a "hot topic" in technology (Business Analytics and Big Data), in one of the best graduate schools in the world and at the center of one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Joining IE is not only about attending classes and seminars, it is also about networking with classmates and professionals from all around the world, joining clubs and organizations that are connected to enterprises in your preferred industry, and creating new opportunities for yourself by developing or joining new projects that are being incubated at the Venture Lab or Area 31.
    Mehdi Nassih
    Member of Global Shapers Community & Curator of Rabat Hub, Morocco

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