The African Student Groups of Harvard University present Harvard African Development Conference 2011 – Innovation for Development: Exploring Solutions to Africa’s Challenges

Every year, Harvard University students from a multiplicity of backgrounds in continental Africa and its Diaspora, come together to share with their community the beauty they see in their continent through Africa Week. Sometimes bold and beautiful, sometimes subtle and profound, Africa week always reflects Harvard’s mission to create knowledge, to open the minds of students to that knowledge, and to enable students to take the best advantage of their educational opportunities.

This year we have introduced an annual development conference to the Africa week celebrations at Harvard. The goal of this conference will be to highlight the socio-cultural, legal, political, and economic realities in Africa today. Specifically, it intends to provide a forum for practitioners in Africa to engage with students in a way that not only expands their understanding of the continent, but also inspires them into action.

Harvard African Development Conference 2011 – Innovation for Development: Exploring Solutions to Africa’s Challenges
Date: March 26th 2011
Time: 8am -10:30pm
Venue: Northwest Science Labs
Harvard College

Keynote Speakers:

Tegegnework Gettu – Assistant Secretary General, United Nations
Director of African Region, United Nations Development Programme

Darius Man – President, Africare

Dr.Renosi Mokate – Executive Director, World Bank
Former Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank

Other Relevant speakers divided by panel they represent:

Economic Theory

Amarthya Sen
(American )
1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Urban Development

Jeffery Sachs

Business and Government

Haskell Ward
(East Africa)
Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Seacom
Vice-Chairman The Corporate Council of Africa

Femi Olubanwo
Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

Middle Income Status

Milan Meetarbhan
Mauritius ambassador to the UN


Crispus Kiamba
Secretary for Higher Education of Kenya
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16 Comments on The African Student Groups of Harvard University present Harvard African Development Conference 2011 – Innovation for Development: Exploring Solutions to Africa’s Challenges
  • Austine March 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Yipee….first to comment oh; Finally!

    • Ready March 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Except that you didn’t actually comment, and it’s not finally…you just did the same thing yesterday. It’s grating, really that you can’t even write one sentence that’s relevant to the post. If you want your first position to be an achievement, go and marry a polygamist. There, being first has actual rewards.

  • ty March 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Congrats. Want a cookie?

  • Lady Jaye March 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    blah blah blah blah. same “solution conferences” year after year after year, same problems persist year after year after year.

    • D.O.T.M.H March 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hm… It is well

    • Frema March 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

      I agree with you totally, nobody can solve Africa’s problems even if it is guru from best university. In the end they are going to speak big language and cause more chaos than we already have

  • chiangel March 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    LOL @ all the comments…. above mine of course.

  • babylawyer March 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    bella do you have any information on columbia university’s african economic forum? I went for the conferences at harvard and columbia last year. Both interesting, though Columbia’s seemed to be more urban. They had a fashion panel sef with Oluchi and Christie Brown them on it… Very interesting to see Oluchi shut some of the arguments down. I heard Fola Adeola is speaking at Columbia’s this year, does anyone have any more info?

  • Ginika March 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I speculate that in the next 50 – 60 years, Nigeria will be a force to reckon with. Think of all the different kinds and types of Nigerians we are concucting out there with different Nationalities and races. There are probably over 6million Nigerians living in Diaspora with families in their country of resisdence (it is a very loose count, we are probably more) and some day, their children will ask about their roots and will take grave interest in Nigeria. Hopefully, at that point we would have reached our boiling point with regards to Nigeria and Africas situation and they will (hopefully) take the right steps. For now, we are still doing the whole let us manage crap and that is killing us. There are a very select few (excuse the redundancy) who are trying to make some sort of change but it doesnt show.

    We are privilleged enough in Africa not to be sitting on any of the earths plate or in volcanic regions with 60% or more of the earths natural resources; but what do we have?! Faminine, wars, diseases etc.

  • curious! March 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Does anyone know the type of people that attend this conference? Are they primarily MBA prospects and/or MBA students or do professionals typically attend. And what is the average age group of the attendees? I’ve heard some people say it’s just a party like NR reunion. Can someone who has attended please verify?

    • Yhello March 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

      that is a different one…the one that is like NR is the Harvard Business conference

  • Mek March 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This is a must attend event, especially if you missed the Africa Business Conference hosted by students at the Harvard Business School.

    On another topic here is an interesting fast food survey being conducted by Harvard Business School students. Please take it if you live/work in Nigeria

  • Cecilia Mwale March 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    good staff 1 i wish i could be there..wishy wish washy!

  • Abiola March 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I may have to divide myself into two so that I can go for this one and the Columbia one. Here’s the website for the Columbia conference

  • lola March 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Sounds interesting! wish I could attend, but will be at a conference during that weekend

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