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16
Jul

IE AFRICA HOST ITS FIRST CAREER FAIR

Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

Over the years, IE continues to attract some of Africa’s finest talents into its various programs. This is because IE focuses on shaping leaders with a global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations. Currently there are over 350 IE alumni of African descent and about 100 African students enrolled in different programs here at IE. African talent at IE range from young professionals to seasoned executives coming from a wealth of various backgrounds and disciplines.

The IE Africa Career Fair was designed to give organizations, unique access to IE’s diverse pool of African talents and members of the larger IE Community interested in opportunities in Africa. The companies at the fair were able to make presentations and engage the students in a networking session to screen potential candidates for roles currently available within their respective organizations.

The event which took place on the 24th of May, 2018, was hosted in collaboration with IE Talent and Careers and IE Campus Life. The fair focused on opportunities within the continent for African and non-African candidates seeking opportunities in the African job market.

Participating companies at this year’s event included GB Foods S.L. (FMCG), AEE Power (Engineering Solutions), ThirdWay Africa (Private Equity), One Acre Fund (NGO) and Movemeback (Recruitment Services).

GB Foods S.L is a Spanish multinational organization with a growing presence in East and West Africa, the company recently began expanding its operations in West Africa and had a number of mid-level roles open for African candidates.

The presentation by Movemeback in particular provided a lot of insight into recruitment patterns on the continent from a bird’s eye perspective, informing participants on new trends and how best to position themselves upon completion of their respective programs.

In summary, the 2018 IE Africa Career Fair was a success and the IE Africa Club wishes to thank all its friends, members and the larger IE Community for their immense support. Africa continues to be a continent of opportunity and the IE Africa Club looks forward to sharing these experiences with the rest of the IE Community.

16
Jul

Africa Day Business Conference

Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The here at IE Business School is a one day conference which is designed to address trending issues on the African continent and an opportunity for participants to meet and share insights with policymakers and industry leaders in the economy on future prospect of the continent and its relations with the rest of the world. The 2018 edition, themed – Opportunities and Challenges for sustainable intra-regional growth in Africa – held on the 25th of May explored the impact of slower growth in the developed world which makes Africa increasingly attractive, especially in the non-commodities industries, and the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is proving particularly interesting to investors.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, the Chief Economist and Director of Research & International Cooperation at African Export-Import Bank. He has also been responsible for the Macroeconomic and Growth Program at the World Bank Institute, the knowledge and research arm of the World Bank Group. This was followed by panel discussions on “Power and Infrastructure” and then “Trade and ICT” as priority areas relevant to the successful integration and prosperity of the continent and indicative strategies to stakeholders.

The event commenced with a welcome note by the IE Africa Club President – Ubong Inyang, which was followed by an opening address delivered by Professor Gonzalo Garland – Director of External Relations at IE. Professor Garland provided the audience with a summary of IE’s activities in Africa and its long term strategic plans to increase the African student representation at IE. We also had the President of the Spanish Club of Investors and Exporters – Antonio Bonet who spoke briefly about the activities of Spanish companies in Africa and the need to increase the level of partnership and trade with African countries.

The sessions were moderated by Professor Gayle Allard and Professor Grace Obado. Panelists included Mrs. Lynda Madu (MainOne Cable Company, Nigeria), Ammin Youssouf (Afrobytes, France), Dr. Lance Mambodiani Steward Bank, Zimbabwe), Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PwC, West Africa), Mr Osaruyi Orobosa-Ogbeide (African Finance Corporation, Nigeria), Mr. Greg Nau (mPower A.G Switzerland), Ms. Paula Garcia (Siemens Gamesa, Spain), Mr. Juan Montes Garcia (Engie, France), Mr Phakamile Mainganya (IDC, South Africa).

The IE Africa Club wishes to express its profound gratitude to the IE Community and participants at this year’s conference for making out the time, effort and resources to contribute to the success of the IE Africa Day Business Conference. Your contributions and presence were indeed inspirational.

13
Jan

One of the most distinctive traits of IE as a community and as a space of intellectual growth, is the opportunity to interact and learn from the exemplary leaders and practitioners in the field, from individuals who actually make and execute policies, projects and who have a unique and firsthand experience of not just what is happening in the world of business, politics, economics, but who often are the agents of change and innovation. So, it was truly a great opportunity and honor for the International Relations Club in association with the Africa Club to host Hon. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, the Minister of Health of the Government of Zanzibar (Tanzania), who shared with us the challenges that the people of Zanzibar are facing in social development and what steps are being taken to tackle these issues.

We customarily treat Africa, and in particular countries from the Sub-Sharan region, as simply underdeveloped and lacking capacity and knowledge to grow and prosper. Often, for many people from the general public, the image of Africa doesn’t go beyond the UNICEF’s donations plea or the random new headline of another corrupt politician being installed in power. However, current socio-political and economic conditions in African countries are qualitatively more complex and sophisticated than that.

Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa does face many severe problems that we are no longer used to in the West, none more than in the area of general healthcare. As Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo shared with us, an issue such as widespread access to potable water is unfortunately still a major challenge in Zanzibar. A large portion of the modest budget of this nation goes to ensure that all citizens have the capacity to satisfy basic need of clean water. Professional medical coverage is another fundamental challenge that Zanzibar is struggling with. For example, there is only one active radiologist for the whole archipelago! We are looking at a one to more than a million ratio. To put this into perspective, just one large hospital in Spain might have over 10 radiologists. As Hon. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo explained to the audience, the underlying reason for this disparity is twofold: on one hand, time and financial means needed to procure appropriate talent for the scale of the healthcare system in Zanzibar are often challenging to meet. Training a medical professional from the local population, which is ultimately a goal as well for the government, takes significant time and requires an input of relatively large investment and the benefits are only seen after many years. On the other hand, retaining these professionals once they trained, becomes even more challenging as the monetary incentive that the government of Zanzibar is able to offer is often not competitive comparing with job opportunities elsewhere. Thus, there talent exodus becomes a substantial impediment in improving the healthcare system. Finally, the simple issue of funding the budget of the ministry is still relevant. Unfortunately, the budget continues to be heavily dependent on the aid: about 40% of the funds come from international aid sources. This puts obvious restrains on the capacity of the government to act at their own will on the all the issues.

Despite all these issues, nonetheless, Zanzibar was able to embark on a number of successful and progressive reforms and policies that are reversing those negative trends. One of the biggest and truly meaningful achievements has been almost virtual eradication of malaria and AIDS in Zanzibar with less than 1% of the population being affected by these severe ailments. It is hard to underestimate the beneficial direct impact of this feat on the healthcare situation in Zanzibar but also indirectly on the whole social and economic development of the archipelago by liberating the people and the society at large from impediments related to these diseases. Furthermore, Zanzibar is in the course of profound re-building and re-shaping of the overall healthcare system with the concentration on primary, basic and prophylactics healthcare which has time and times again been proven to work very successfully in developing countries. There is a focus on extending coverage through educating the population on healthcare fundamentals such as for example family planning, additional built primary facilities and increasing the human talent dedicated to healthcare services. To further this goal the government is annually allocating 300 scholarships for university level studies including health related degrees that are expected, despite the previously mentioned talent drainage, to increase the professional base for the healthcare in particular and for the society in large at Zanzibar.

The most important aspect that was discussed by Mahmoud Thabit Kombo that is encompassing all of the mentioned above, was probably the fact that African countries and societies are fundamentally repositioning themselves within the international community and in the way how they approach international cooperation and internal challenges. Countries in region are moving more and more towards local emphasis and ground up approach to design and implementation of development solutions using local talent rather than simply consuming international given tools that often have very limited impact on the given local community due to low compatibility with native conditions and which often benefit foreign interest primarily. Thus, the programs that Zanzibar for example engages now are always filtered under internal priorities before they are being accepted for implementation. This is accompanied by a central change in international partnerships that African countries are engaging: when before Europe and in general the West have been the primary sources of international aid and support in Sub-Saharan Africa, contemporarily what used to be coined as South to South cooperation is becoming more and more prevalent. New giants such as China and India are becoming the chief partners of development efforts in many of the countries of the region, more and more replacing the role of the traditional Western influence. For example, China is increasingly investing in Zanzibar not only from a purely economic perspective, but is additionally actively sponsoring large healthcare projects as well, for example by donating 16 million dollars for a construction of a hospital in the archipelago. Furthermore, China is opening travel and study opportunities to African societies that are translating into changing attitudes in new generations towards what they see global centers. The challenge for Europe in this case as the Minister mentioned is that the lack of sufficient interest and involvement in Africa by Europe and West in general with increasing Chinese participation will significantly undermine the economic and political capabilities of the West in the region.

International Relations Club in association with the Africa Club would like to thank Jose Piquer, Executive Director, Undergraduate Studies in International Relations, IE School of International Relations, Campus Life team all the participant for making this event posible.

Alejandro Pereda Shulguin

International Relations Club

1
Jul

IE AFRICA DAY 2016

Written on July 1, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

For the past four years, IE Africa Club members have organized what can best be described as one of the biggest club events of the year and the 2016 edition certainly lived up to expectations.Clube Africa IE 2016 050

IE Africa Day took place on 13th June, at the IE Paper Paviilon and featured speakers from across industries and regions, many of whom flew in to Spain  especially for the occasion. Panelists included:  Emeraba Tony-Uzoebo, Co-Founder, Enviro-gro Farms Limited, Nigeria; Raphael Ani, Head of Africa Practice, KPMG UK; Matt Pelton, Africa Leadership University (ALU), Kenya; Grace Obado – Director, Africa 2.0 Spain; Emanuele Santi, Lead Strategy Advisor, African Development Bank, Cot D’Ivoire.

Clube Africa IE 2016 156 - CopyProfessor Gonzalo Garland, VP, International Relations, IE Business School, moderated the event.

To open proceedings, Neeta Sommers, Political Counsellor and  Second in Charge at SA Embassy, Spain gave an overview of the growth and industry potential in South Africa and across the continent. Other Ambassadorial attendees included: Bramwel Kisuya, Kenya’s Ambassador to Spain, and an official delegation from the Nigerian Embassy, Spain.

Emanuele Santi continued the evening’s proceedings by presenting African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook 2016 Report giving great Clube Africa IE 2016 074insight into trends and predictions across the African business and development landscape.

 

 

Clube Africa IE 2016 427The stimulating panel discussion, which lasted for close to two hours, included discussions around the challenges and triumphs of doing business in Africa. Matt Pelton gave insights into growing need for business education in Africa, while KPGM’S Raphael Santi brought forward his take on intra-African trade. Discussion points also included, population growth and the potential it poses, technological advancements across the continent as well as industry-focused engagement on Nigeria’s Agriculture sector from Emeraba Tony-Uzoebo.

 
To conclude Africa Day 2016, a networking cocktail was held in the patio and garden of the grounds- an ideal opportunity for guests to have deeper discussions and connections.

 

 

Written By: Felicia Okoye, IE Africa Club President.

26
May

nigeria business leadersOpportunities come in different shapes and sizes. The key is to identify and capitalise on them when they arise. The Madrid marathon attracts world-wide attention. It is no wonder therefore, that some top business leaders from Nigeria were among those gearing up for the run.

IE Africa Club took this unique opportunity to meet these business leaders at the Impact Hub, Madrid. This was an opportunity to learn from veterans in business and entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of the investment climate in Africa to build and grow businesses.

The highlight of the event was the opportunity IE Africa Club members had to pitch their entrepreneurship and business ideas and receive immediate, value-adding feedback from the marathoners. Yet another opportunity to grow the vision and network of the IE Africa Club members.

 

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