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Leadership Development in Africa

Written on February 3, 2011 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

IMBA Students participating in social projects in a 6-week fellowship program in Africa

In the summer of 2010, nine IMBA students from IE Business School travelled to South Africa to take part in a 6-week, life-changing experience. As fellows of the Leadership Development Program of the Emzingo group they worked on consulting projects for local NGOs.
This Fellowship Program provides student participants the opportunity to engage in a 6-week immersion experience in an emerging economy, giving them the opportunity to work in the space where business meets the social sector. Pairs of students were partnered with citizen sector organizations to collaborate on strategic projects supporting the organizations’ missions and goals. Students acted as additional resources and provided business expertise by leveraging their academic and professional skills and experience.
Some of their experiences are summarized in the following video:

In January 2011 the next group of students of the International MBA headed to South Africa. Fellow Hesham Elbosaty told us just the day before departing to Africa:
” I am really excited about participating in a social project on consulting a coffee company which uses only fair trade coffee. “
We hope to have some more statements from Hesham about his experience in one of the coming editions of our blog.

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