Programs & Events

Through its African Initiative, IESE stepped up activities in and with Africa:

Global CEO program for Africa 

The Global CEO is a program targeted to CEOs and top manager of leading African companies with a Panafrican reach and top managers in charge of African operations in international companies. It has 3 international modules done in partnership with Strathmore Business School and Lagos Business School and has 3 modules of one week: one week in Nairobi in October 2019; one week in Lagos in April 2020, and one week in New York in June 2020.

The program gives new insights into the major social, cultural, political, and economic factors that significantly impact business globally and in Africa. The participants will acquire strategic vision in both the African and the global business context, developing their leadership competences in a multi-cultural environment.

MBA overseas Module

In 2012, IESE launched its first MBA overseas elective module in Africa. Since then, the module takes place on a yearly basis, in January, at Strathmore Business School (Nairobi, Kenya). The courses offered during the program are: Doing Business in Africa, New Realities, Immersion and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. They are led by both IESE and Strathmore faculty members. The first week focuses on academic content, while during the second week, students will have the opportunity the opportunity to work in small teams together with local business leaders on a project, helping to solve problems that Kenyan companies are facing, and to make a difference.

The 8th edition of the Nairobi Module will take place from 6th to 17th Of January 2020. For more information, follow here

Pan-African AMP, EMBA, PMD & CEP Modules

During the year, IESE hosts week-long modules in Spain for the Advance Management Program (AMP), Program for Management Development (PMD), Chief Executive Program (CEP) and Executive MBA of its Associated Business Schools in Africa. These modules bring together in IESE Barcelona and Madrid more than 300 African participants each year, as a means of fostering collaborative ties between participants as well as between the associated schools.

The dates for the 2019-2020 modules of the AMP-CEP and the Executive MBA are:

  • September 16-20, 2019 -> AMP-CEP Module (Lagos & Strathmore Business School);
  • October 7-11, 2019 -> Pan African EMBA Module (Lagos & Strathmore Business School);

The dates for the 2019-2020 modules for the Advance Management Program and Program for Management Development (for CEOs and Top Managers) are:

  • July 6-11, 2020 ->Ivory Coast AMP Module (MDE Business School);
  • July 13-18, 2020 -> Ivory Coast PMD Module (MDE Business School);
  • July 20-25, 2020 ->Nigeria AMP Module (LBS Business School).

During these weeks, we host several networking events where European Managers and their African counterparts have the opportunity to exchange ideas.

Networking Events 

We formally send to our network of partners an invitation for the networking events:

  • October 2019 -> Networking session with EMBA Madrid and Lagos Business School EMBA.
  • November 2019 -> Joint Strathmore-IESE alumni event in Nairobi.
  • July 2020 -> Africa Think Tank in IESE Barcelona with the AMP participants from Ivory Coast.

If you want to participate, please contact Antoine Berwart (