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Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Faculty Chair: Calestous Juma (@calestous)

Program Director: Mahlet Aklu

The TIE program is now full. For questions about related programs, please email Matt Bonney-Cohen, Senior Program Coordinator.

This program is funded by a gift from the Schooner Foundation to the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs to support continuing work on innovation in Africa. Full or partial financial support will be provided to applicants selected for admission to the program.

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African economies have historically been associated with the export of raw materials to global markets. However, leaders from all over the continent have come to realize that technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship hold the key for nations’ sustainable development and inclusive growth. As African nations prepare to undergo an economic transformation through innovation, they need to upgrade their ability to create, identify, acquire, and adapt new technologies to local conditions.

Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Africa is a three-day, problem-focused Harvard Kennedy School executive program designed to provide African leaders with the strategic tools needed to implement innovation strategies. The program will convene senior leaders from across the continent on Harvard’s campus to address the critical challenges facing their economies.

This program provides an inspirational learning environment to draw upon the real-world experience and knowledge of Harvard faculty and other distinguished African leaders selected to attend. Participants will explore how infrastructure, academia, emerging technologies, and governance can each play a role in sustained economic development as viewed through the lens of specific sectoral topics such as agriculture, health services, urbanization, and the environment.

Participants will return to their countries with the practical tools and direction required to confidently approach their nation’s most complex and urgent economic development issues.

“Deepening the skills of African leaders in the areas of science and technology will help advance Africa’s growth. In this program, we hope to provide African practitioners new insights into how they can translate good ideas into effective, scalable policies.”
– Calestous Juma, Faculty Chair


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