About the IE Africa Center

IE Africa Center aims to revolutionize the way in which the next generation of global executives understand African innovation – past and present. We understand that the intellectual and physical contributions of Africa and its people are not only central to the modern world as it exists today, but are crucial to contemplate a better future.

The vision of the Center is to promote an African-centric view of both modernity and the future by partnering with African innovators and their institutions on the continent and across the diaspora, to build academic content and research designed to reshape the world. The IE Africa Center collaborates with knowledge experts and thought leaders to bring the African perspective to global conversations on humanities, education and social innovation.


The first IE Africa Center Social Innovators Retreat held at IE University’s 14th century campus in Segovia in July 2019. Featuring a cohort of nine social entrepreneurs from Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, the program is designed to create a unique knowledge generation and sharing intellectual retreat for Africa’s most cutting edge social innovators who are looking to find new tools and partners with which to scale their work.

At the center, we believe that the approaches and methodologies being employed by African leaders and entrepreneurs across different fields can offer instructive lessons for the world.

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.”

Social Innovators Retreat

Africa’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs are 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. Learn More.

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

Latest News

Building Resilience in Difficult Times

Join us for a webinar with Patrice D. Juah, author, editor and IE Kistefos Scholar this Friday at 11:00 CEST. She’ll read from her poem ‘The Ebola Ride’ and share her experiences on building resilience in difficult times. 

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African diaspora contributes to forging new reality for the continent

In this edition of the IE Africa Center’s African Solutions, Global ChallengesSOAS University of LondonMIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, the African Foundation for Development and the Royal African Society focused on the ways in which Africa’s diaspora is playing a leading role in defining the future of the continent.

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IE Africa Center’s African Solutions Global Challenges in London

What is the role and value-add of the African diaspora when it comes to building the continent’s future? Can Africans in the diaspora build unicorns on the continent? And how are they contributing to forging a new narrative for the continent and its peoples? Join us on 4 March 2020 for the London edition of the IE Africa Center’s African Solutions, Global Challenges flagship event focusing on the role of the African diaspora in shaping the continent’s future.

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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
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    Member of Global Shapers Community & Curator of Rabat Hub, Morocco

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