Africa at IE

Welcome to “Africa at IE”, a platform where you can find all Africa related information from strategic projects & partnerships to Alumni testimonials & contacts. In the last few years, one of IE’s main focus has been the African continent not only to train the next generation of African leaders but also to demonstrate to the rest of IE’s student body & faculty the value of the African continent in terms of business innovation, the plurality of its realities and what IE can learn from Africa. After all, it is the continent of the future!

We have not only increased our partnerships on the continent but also run projects across the continent. We have an African student body of more than 150 students taking IE’s diversity to the next level, two regional offices in Sub Saharan Africa, and activities in more than 20 African cities!

It has been a true pleasure putting together this platform as it is a good way to transmit our true passion for Africa.

We hope you will find it insightful!

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.” ― Kwame Nkrumah

Sabine Yazbeck


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

Africa At IE 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.

Financieros sin Fronteras

Financieros sin Fronteras (FsF Financiers without Borders) maximizes the potential, knowledge and professional experience of the professors, staff and students of IE business School, developing technical assistance and capacity building projects for microfinance institutions in Ghana that contribute to the strengthening of the microfinance sector as a tool for economic and social development in the country.

IE in Ethiopia

Each year, IE Professor Gayle Allard and IMBA alumni Benedict Faber lead a group of IMBA students to Ethiopia to do volunteer work and research about doing business at the bottom of the pyramid, as part of the Africa elective. The trip involves volunteer work in a local school as well as visits to local businesses to learn what it is like to operate at the base of the pyramid.

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

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.


We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Africa Speaker Series, a community of thought leaders across the continent in technology, finance, governance, education and, health. The first edition – a four-part series on ‘Digitizing Africa for the Future’  took place in February 2021 and explored how the current global landscape has spurred digital transformation in Africa.

Latest News

Africa Virtual Speaker Series: Digitizing Africa for the Future

We are excited to announce our first Africa Speaker Series featuring some of Africa’s leading experts in finance, governance, education and, health. Our speaker series will focus on how the current global landscape has spurred digital transformation in Africa.

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COVID Resilience in Africa – IE University launches Africa Challenge

The IE University Business Challenge on COVID resilience in Africa, kicked off in October with over 350 IE undergraduate business students providing consulting services for five companies across the African continent.  Read more

Inspiring Solutions From Africa

Felicia Appenteng, Chair of the IE Africa Center, talks to us about the inspiring and innovative solutions emerging from the African continent to help combat the current pandemic.

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  • 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
  • Rayna Dolphin
    My time at IE was a truly life-changing experience. Besides working very hard and learning so much every day, I gained the friendship of some truly remarkable individuals from all over the world. What I value the most from my experience is I gained a better understanding of myself; I felt more empowered to deal with change; and most importantly, I developed the confidence to fearlessly follow my own path.
    Rayna Dolphin
    Chief Financial Officer, Business Partners

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