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Executive Education in Africa ... the story so far

Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education aligns its client relationships with the University of Cambridge tradition of prolific engagement across the African continent from Southern African countries through to the Arabic North, and from the East to West Africa.

Continental rivals and partners, South Africa and Nigeria have been a focus for Executive Education, in line with the recently rebased GDP figures indicating that Nigeria has overtaken South Africa and its North African counterparts to become the largest economy in Africa.

Last year we helped UNICEF's humanitarian aid offices within the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct a Leadership Needs Assessment and, in East Africa, our faculty have offered guidance and advice to the Norwegian natural resources company, Statoil with their CSR objectives to support SME growth in Tanzania. More recently, Executive Education has developed a suite of Islamic finance programmes.


Executive education programmes have been delivered to Nigerian parliamentarians, civil servants and senior administrators of the various states of Nigeria (Lagos State, Rivers State, Akwa Ibom, Osun, Ogun and Oyo State) and public-sector leaders such as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Ibadan University. We are also exchanging knowledge via executive education programmes with the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Lagos State House of Assembly and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

All of executive education's programmes feature practitioner contributors with first hand experiences of the continent alongside Cambridge Judge Business School's faculty. Recent programme contributors with experiences of the African continent have included a former Managing Director of the World Bank's IFC, a Cambridge Gates Scholar and commercial lawyer, a Financial Times journalist and an expert on the African film industry and Nollywood.

South Africa

Given the advanced nature of South Africa's GDP per capita and its financial markets, Executive Education participated in a UKTI Trade Mission to Johannesburg and Cape Town during early March 2014 led by Baroness Scotland, the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to South Africa. The Trade Mission received coverage in the Cambridge Evening News. During the trip, we gained an understanding of the South African executive education landscape through meetings with major business schools on the ground focused on expanding activities throughout the continent.

Finally, it is worth noting Executive Education's relationships with South Africa's SAB Miller and recent delivery of programmes in Johannesburg to Barclays Africa participants from across the continent on Compliance & Trust.

Our alumni

We are continuing our active support for the student and alumni-led Cambridge Africa Business Network, including their annual Business in Africa Conference.

Executive Education is also involved in ongoing conversations with the African financial services sector which includes illustrious Cambridge alumni: the former Chairman of the United Bank of Africa, Hakeem Belo-Osagie; the CEO of Prudential Africa, Matt Lilley; and the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Professor Mthuli Ncube.

Who to contact

For more information about our work in Africa or if you have any questions, we would be happy to hear from you.

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