Eniola Harrison, new Director of the IE Africa Center

The IE Africa Center promotes innovation, executive leadership, entrepreneurship and the development of social action projects on the African continent.

Eniola Harrison has been appointed Director of IE University’s Africa Center. Harrison, who previously served as the center’s Head of Programs and Partnerships, is an expert committed to the transformation of Africa through her experience in the region and strategic communication. She is also founder of HdH Consulting & Services and co-founder of ACW International.

The IE Africa Center, chaired by Felicia Appenteng, was established in 2018 with the aim of promoting innovation, executive leadership, entrepreneurship, and the development of social action projects on the continent. The academic institution has been working for 15 years in the development of training and social impact programs in countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Nigeria. IE University currently has offices in Lagos and Johannesburg, and has international agreements with institutions including the universities of Cape Town, Pretoria, Ashesi, Université International de Rabat, and American University in Cairo.

IE University promotes international talent and has a variety of scholarship programs for students in Africa. These include the Kistefos Young Talented Leaders Scholarship, an IE Foundation initiative funded by the Norwegian company Kistefos AS, which provides access to education for bright students from Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa and Norway, regardless of their financial situation.

Each year, IE Universtiy organizes more than 60 events and conferences to promote networking, boost business development and discuss the region’s main challenges. IE University students play a key role in promoting projects on the African continent. For example, for almost a decade, the IE Foundation has supported the Financiers without Borders program, a project in which students and professors from the IE Business School Masters in Finance program promote financial inclusion and microfinance initiatives in Ghana. More than 300 students have participated in this program since its inception. Students also take part in social impact programs in South Africa and support a design and technology program focused on women in small towns in Ethiopia.