DATES: March 19 and March 20

Please join us for the Lauder Institute’s inaugural Africa Symposium: Bridging Profit and Purpose!

The Lauder Institute’s Africa Symposium is a new setting for in-depth conversations among a diverse gathering of business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, and academics who are at the forefront of a dynamically changing continent.  In collaboration with the Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT, the event will feature speakers who will share insights, tools, and assessments of key drivers behind the continent’s vibrant entrepreneurship, innovative financing, and integrated economic and social development.

Be part of the conversation.  Sign up today.  Registration is limited.


March 19, 2020

VenueSteinberg-Dietrich Hall Rm 350, University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

4:30 pm Keynote Address: Mr. Kofi Appenteng – President, Africa-America Institute

March 20, 2020

Venue: The Lauder Institute Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
256 S 37th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and networking

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcoming Remarks from the Lauder Institute

9:15 am- 10:45 am Partnerships and Alliances in Africa

10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am – 12:30pm Youth and the Demographic Dividend

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm The State of Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

3:00 pm -3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Capital Flows and Investing in Africa’s Future

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided

Founded in 1983 by Ronald and Leonard Lauder, The Lauder Institute prepares leaders to speak the language of global business, culture, and politics. Fluently. Our students are committed to preparing themselves for a world of specialization, change, and uncertainty. Our rigorous academic program, in which students earn a Master of Arts in International Studies, integrates teaching in tailored arts and sciences coursework with advanced language study and cultural immersion experiences, through our unique JD/MA or MBA/MA joint degree program.

The Lauder Institute is a cosmopolitan hub at the University of Pennsylvania for students who are passionate about international management issues and global studies. Lauder students benefit from dedicated faculty who deliver a unique curriculum specifically designed to create a fully integrated learning experience.

The Legatum Center was founded on the belief that entrepreneurs and their market-driven solutions are critical to advancing economic and social progress in the developing world. While global prosperity has increased in recent decades, the progress is uneven, with the worst deprivations concentrated in specific parts of the globe. The Center drives more inclusive prosperity by building pathways for the next generation of change agents who, through principled entrepreneurial leadership, will create good jobs, transform systems, and improve lives.

We’re a global community that is based at MIT, drawing on the Institute’s talent, networks, presence, and expertise to inspire and equip those who want to move their ideas toward scalable impact. Our Principles of Operation build on the principles of the broader MIT entrepreneurship community. We build inclusive pathways within MIT and also between MIT and emerging market ecosystems. These not only support entrepreneurs on the ground, they also fuel research and thought leadership.

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