IESE Africa Initiative
Developing sustainable business leadership in Africa
IESE’s Africa Initiative has a clear mission: to help develop sustainable business leadership in Africa in order to have a positive and lasting impact on African society.
We contribute toward this mission by creating and disseminating relevant business knowledge related to Africa, by promoting exchange initiatives and by supporting our network of associated business schools in the continent.
Lines of action
- Develop relevant and accessible research, academic materials and programs on business and leadership in Africa
- Support our associated business schools. We promote joint events for our alumni and academic activities such as program design, case writing, teaching and faculty development with African professors and PhDs
- Promote exchange activities. We offer IESE programs and modules on the continent, as well as opportunities for students in partner schools to study at IESE
- Foster relationships among our alumni community, business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors with interest or experience on the continent
- Organize events showcasing to the world that Africa has indeed become a growth opportunity that should feature in their strategies
- Support the creation of startups with impact on Africa
Research documents, working papers and business cases
Alumni working across the continent
Students in exchange modules per year
Programs and events
Every year, more than 180 IESE MBA and Executive MBA students travel to Nairobi for elective experiences in their programs. We also offer other programs focused on the region.
- The African Energy Sector: Challenges, Opportunities & Future Paths. IESE and its Fuel Freedom Chair is offering a first-ever program to examine the unique realities of the African energy sector and explore alternatives and opportunities for impact investment.
- IESE MBA overseas module in Nairobi. During their second year, IESE MBA students can choose to take one or two week modules at diverse locations around the world. In Nairobi, at Strathmore Business School, the module takes place on a yearly basis, in January. The courses offered are: Doing Business in Africa, New Realities, Immersion and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. They are led by both IESE and Strathmore faculty members. The first week focuses on academic content, while during the second week, students will have the opportunity to work in small teams together with local business leaders on a project, helping to solve problems that Kenyan companies are facing.
- IESE Executive MBA overseas module in Nairobi. IESE EMBA students can choose to take a one or more week module at diverse locations around the world, including one in Nairobi, at Strathmore Business School. An intensive and highly impactful experience, this overseas module gives our students an unparalleled insight into the African business environment and culture.
Every year IESE’s Barcelona and Madrid campuses welcome more than 300 African participants from our associated schools. Modules include:
- Pan African Executive MBA Module (Strathmore and Lagos Business Schools) in Barcelona
- Advanced Management Program (MDE Business School, Ivory Coast) in Barcelona
- Program for Management Development (MDE Business School, Ivory Coast) in Barcelona
- Advanced Management Program (Strathmore Business School, Kenya) in Barcelona
- Senior Management Leadership Program (Strathmore Business School, Kenya) in Barcelona
The African Energy Sector: Challenges, Opportunities & Future Paths
A novel program to examine the unique realities of the African energy sector and explore alternatives and opportunities for impact investment.
Eghosa Oriaikhi Mabhena, CEO of Puma Energy Africa, believes in taking chances
Oriaikhi Mabhena, IESE Global Executive MBA '13, oversees Puma Energy’s operations in 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Research and thought leadership
IESE INSIGHT, (2015). Ebola: Managing to Save Lives. Two experts on Ebola discuss the importance of preparedness, rapid response, coordination and community engagement in the management of a crisis of global proportions. IESE Insight(24), pp. 67 – 71.
MUDIDA, R., LAGO, A. (2015). Five Pillars for Doing Business in Africa. A Road Map to Opportunities. IESE Insight(24), pp. 15 – 23.
ARIÑO, A. (2015). Strategies That Go the Distance in Africa. Crossing the Divides. IESE Insight(24), pp. 24 – 31.
OVADJE, F. (2015). What Kind of Leader Will Thrive in Africa?. Putting Success in Context. IESE Insight(24), pp. 32 – 39.
IESE INSIGHT, (2013). Vodafone Ghana: Are Profits Just a Call Away?. Focus on Big Picture: Data; Rise to the Challenge; Invest in Entrepreneurship. IESE Insight(18), pp. 64 – 68.
MARTÍ, G., PELIZAN, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2021). The Sub-Saharan Africa Energy Sector: An Overview. IESE, OP-626-E.
LETICIA PELIZAN,, GIORDANO, P., LICKTEIG, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2019). Promoting Access to Clean Cooking Fuels in Subsaharian Africa Through Entrepreneurial Initiative: Challenges and Strategies.. IESE, OP-312-E.
PELIZAN, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2019). The Cooking Fuel Sector in Ghana. IESE, OP-321-E.
PELIZAN, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., MARTÍ, G. (2019). Overview of Ghana’s Fertilizer Sector. IESE, OP-323-E.
PELIZAN, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., LICKTEIG, L. (2019). Solar Home Solutions Using a Pay-As-You-Go Model in Ghana: Exploring the Opportunity. IESE, OP-319-E.
PELIZAN, L., LICKTEIG, L., MARTÍ, G. (2019). Pay-As-You-Go for LPG Supply – Exploring a New Business Model to Enhance Access to Clean Cooking Solutions in Urban Areas in Ghana. IESE, OP-318-E
PELIZAN, L., LICKTEIG, L. (2019). Biofuel Production in Ghana: Exploring the Opportunity. OP-320-E.
PELIZAN, L., KARL D. FIEVE, J., LICKTEIG, L. (2019). Overview of the Power Sector in Ghana. OP-322-E.
PAOLA GIORDANO, LETICIA PELIZAN, RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2018). Pay-As-You-Go: Unlocking Access to Energy Services in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Disruptive Business Model Leveraging Mobile Technology to Finance Energy Services for the Bottom of the Pyramid. IESE, OP-303-E.
OPINION AND OTHER
EUFINGER, C. (2018). Could Crowdfunding Be Right for Your Business?. Alternative Financing. IESE Insight(38), pp. 22 – 29.
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2016). Check Your Biases. Africa’s energy debates can generate more heat than light. Follow this advice for a light-bulb moment.. IESE Insight.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2015). Renew Your Mind. IESE Insight.
BERWART, A., LAGO A., A. (2020). African Markets and Consumers. IESE, PN-509-E.
BARCELONA, R. G., RONOH, G., TCHÓRZEWSKA, K. B. (2019). Kenya’s Imperfect Fuel Market: Tackling Real Problems With Real Solutions(WP-1200-E). Barcelona: IESE.
GIORDANO, P., ASSOGBA, M., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2018). Accelerating the Green Revolution in Cote d’Ivoire: Fertilizers Against Undernourishment and Deforestation(WP-1204-E). Barcelona: IESE.
PELIZAN PAVLAK, L., SEDJI, S.-I. H., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2018). Powering Côte d’Ivoire. Understanding The Landscape And Exploring Possibilities For Investment(WP-1205-E). Barcelona: IESE.
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., SANCHEZ, F., SEDJI, S.-I. (2018). Fuel Industry for Road Transportation in Côte D’ivoire(WP-1206-E). Barcelona: IESE.
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., SANCHEZ, F., KERUBO, L. (2017). Powering Kenya: Understanding the Landscape and Exploring Possibilities for Investments(WP-1180-E). Barcelona: IESE.
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., GIORDANO, P., OTIENO, I. (2017). Growing Kenya: Exploring Investment Opportunities in Kenya’s Fertilizer Industry(WP-1173-E). Barcelona: IESE.
N’GUESSAN, M. N., ALEGRE, I., CANELA, M. Á. (2017). Crowdfunding In Africa. An Empirical Study Of Kiva Platform Users In Sub-Saharan Africa(WP-1172-E). Barcelona: IESE.
RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., SANCHEZ, F., GIORDANO, P. (2017). Alternative Cooking Fuels in Kenya: How Can Household Decision-making Be Impacted?(WP-1177-E). Barcelona: IESE.
IBARRA GARZA, A., CUGUERÓ-ESCOFET, N., CANELA, M. Á. (2017). Prosocial Crowdlending in Kenya(WP-1166-E). Barcelona: IESE.
LEE, Y.-T., REICHE, S. (2022). Uwa Ode: Embracing Life and Career across Cultures. IESE, DPO-760-E.
PELIZAN PAVLAK, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., MARTÍ, G. (2021). Ignite Power in Rwanda. Electric Power on a Different Scale…for All? IESE, OP-625-E.
PELIZAN, L., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2019). Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Électricité: Delivering Electricity for All. IESE, OP-314-E.
N’GUESSAN, M. N., ALEGRE, I., CANELA, M. Á. (2019). HR Analytics at Barney. IESE, AD-369-E.
MUNGAI, E., RAHNEMA ALAVI, A. (2018). Public Private Policy Change Engagement: Consumer Choice Limited. IESE, E-189-E.
MORENO, VICTORIA; DE ZULOAGA, JON. (2017) Green Resources: Making Money with Sustainability. IESE, SM-1655-E.
PLANA OLÍAS, A., VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2017). The Indego Africa Project (A). Genesis and launch of a competitive social enterprise. IESE, BE-203-E.
PLANA OLÍAS, A., VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2017). The Indego Africa Project (B). Genesis and launch of a competitive social enterprise. IESE, BE-204-E.
DELONCA, E., BRION, S. (2017). A Sacred Spirits Dilemma (A). IESE, DPO-399-E.
DELONCA, E., BRION, S. (2017). A Sacred Spirits Dilemma (B). IESE, DPO-400-E.
ROSENMÖLLER, M., GAGO, F., JAISWAL, N. (2017). CISM – Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça Manhiça Health Research Centre. Managing Research & Development. IESE, P-1149-E.
MAZZACANI, G. M., LAGO, A. (2017). Equitel: The Battle for Mobile Money in Kenya. IESE, P-1153-E.
NTOI, H., THOMAS, L., VILÀ, J. (2016). The Managerial Dilemma of E-Toll Route Implementation in South Africa. IESE, SM-1643-E.
ARIÑO, A., TATARINOV, K. (2016). Innovis Telecom: Entrepreneurial Internationalization. IESE, SM-1627-E.
VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2015). Samasource. IESE, BE-195-E.
SIEBER, S., LAGO, A., GO, T. (2014). M-Pesa – Mobile Banking in Kenya. IESE, SI-192-E.
LEE, Y.-T., REICHE, S. (2013). Uwa Ode. A Cultural Chameleon or Stranded between Cultural Chairs? IESE, DPO-281-E.
NUENO, P., AKUA AFFUL-KWAW, P. (2012). Vodafone Ghana. IESE, E-153-E.
VERGARA, C., GUTÉS, J. D. (2012). Mara Tower in Naïrobi Kenya. IESE, F-875-E.
CASES WRITTEN BY FACULTY OF ASSOCIATED BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN AFRICA
Lagos Business School (LBS) case collection can be found here.
Strathmore Business School (SBS) case collection can be found here.
MDE Business School (MDE) cases:
- N’Guessan, Marie Noelle (2014). INECTO. MDE, M-01-F
- Olaye, Ernest (2014). KOFFI YAO. MDE, DA-001-F
- Soumahoro, Mory. PAUL IVOIRE. MDE
- Olaye, Ernest (2016). SNC-CI. MDE, DA-002-F
- Anoh, Léonce. TISA. MDE, MO-001-F
- MINI-CAS CORRUPTION. MDE
This chair, held by Prof. Ahmad Rahnema, leads research projects in Africa in partnership with associated business schools in order to deliver programs to mitigate energy poverty and to increase access to affordable fuels. The Chair is currently developing projects in Ethiopia and Ghana and has already worked in Kenya and the Ivory Coast.