With 54 independent countries, Africa faces a distinct set of social, economic, and political conditions that create unique business challenges—along with exciting opportunities. To achieve their considerable potential, Africa's businesses need executives who can design and execute effective strategies for growth within and beyond the continent. These leaders must also excel at creating innovative offerings, nurturing high-performance teams and organizations, and navigating rapid change in Africa's dynamic markets.

To build these exceptional leaders, Harvard Business School Executive Education offers the Senior Executive Program—Africa, in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of Pretoria University in South Africa. Designed to strengthen your leadership skills and build your insight into local, regional, and global markets, the program explores the proven approaches of successful leaders in Africa and around the globe, preparing you to compete effectively, seize the region's many growth opportunities, and sustain success for your firm.

Leveraging a learning approach that has been crafted carefully for more than a century—including six decades of training the world's business leaders—HBS is bringing a powerful exchange of information, insight, and innovative practices to executives in Africa. Over time, HBS plans to partner with additional leading African institutions to offer this program in different African countries, giving senior executives across Africa the opportunity to expand their perspective and build practical leadership skills. In developing Africa's business leadership pipeline, the program will also foster the growth of a powerful network of highly skilled business executives across the continent.

What You Can Expect

This 2017 offering—comprising a module in Kigali, an independent work module, and a module on the HBS campus—will help you build the knowledge, perspective, and confidence needed to lead more effectively and accelerate your company's growth. You will also have the opportunity to share insights and learn from other senior leaders across Africa.

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This 2017 offering—comprising a module in Kigali, an independent work module, and a module on the HBS campus—will help you build the knowledge, perspective, and confidence needed to lead more effectively and accelerate your company's growth. You will also have the opportunity to share insights and learn from other senior leaders across Africa.

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Your Course of Study

The program immerses you in a dynamic experience that expands your horizons and builds your capabilities as a business leader. You'll explore best practices in designing winning strategies, enabling innovation, establishing competitive advantage, leading effectively, improving governance, and much more. In a format that maximizes learning while minimizing time away from work, you will also apply your learning to a special project that contributes to your organization's success.

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The program immerses you in a dynamic experience that expands your horizons and builds your capabilities as a business leader. You'll explore best practices in designing winning strategies, enabling innovation, establishing competitive advantage, leading effectively, improving governance, and much more. In a format that maximizes learning while minimizing time away from work, you will also apply your learning to a special project that contributes to your organization's success.

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Who Is Right for the Program

The Senior Executive Program—Africa is designed for experienced senior executives in African companies from any industry. Candidates should have significant responsibility for strategic decision making, have at least 15 years of work experience, and represent growth-oriented organizations. Participants might include CEOs, CFOs, business line heads, and other senior members of a company's executive team, as well as directors general of government agencies.

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The Senior Executive Program—Africa is designed for experienced senior executives in African companies from any industry. Candidates should have significant responsibility for strategic decision making, have at least 15 years of work experience, and represent growth-oriented organizations. Participants might include CEOs, CFOs, business line heads, and other senior members of a company's executive team, as well as directors general of government agencies.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Cochair
Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Strategy Unit. Faculty cochair of "Senior Executive Program—Africa." Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Professor Datar has worked extensively at the intersection of design thinking and strategy implementation; his recent work centers on testing strategy with multiple performance measures.
Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting. Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of the "Senior Executive Program—Africa" and "Creativity and Strategy: Applying Design Thinking for Competitive Advantage." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell

Faculty Cochair
Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Strategy Unit. Faculty cochair of "Senior Executive Program—Africa."

Srikant M. Datar

Faculty Cochair
Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting. Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs. Member of the Accounting and Management Unit; and faculty cochair of the "Senior Executive Program—Africa" and "Creativity and Strategy: Applying Design Thinking for Competitive Advantage."

Professor Datar has worked extensively at the intersection of design thinking and strategy implementation; his recent work centers on testing strategy with multiple performance measures.  Read Full Bio

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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