Africa has always had many admirers. Her beauty is resolute and her passion is tenacious. We have all read and heard the hype about Africa being the next best thing. We have read the inspiring reports and tweets from all over the continent – a testament to its social and technological prowess. We have seen academics and business professionals drool over the recent economic forecasts and growth predictions.

Participants at the Havard Africa Business conference

Havard Africa Business conference 2013.

Once again the world has a crush on Africa, and so does Harvard!

In few days’ time Harvard will once again show the world its open love affair with Africa. Beginning February 15th – 17th, 2013 the Harvard Business School will host the 15th Annual Africa Business Conference ( The theme for this year’s Conference is “Re-defining Africa: The Emergence of a New African Story”. It is in recognition of the fact that as Africa evolves, so too must the World’s perception of Her. The aim of this Conference is to showcase those who continue to shape and influence the African story through business and enterprise, and to create an environment for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange ideas and spur one another on to action.

The Africa Business Conference is the world’s largest student-run event focused on business in Africa. It brings together about 1,200 participants and is the ultimate networking opportunity for business and community leaders, corporate sponsors, students, educators from around the world and anyone passionate about business opportunities in Africa. The Conference will be held at the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Massachusetts and will include a company networking session that offers conference attendees the opportunity to meet with a diverse collection of African employers. With representation from across the CPG, banking, investment, technology, manufacturing, marketing and education sectors, the event will not only allow participants to network with potential employers, but will showcase many of the organizations leading Africa’s growth and integration.

On this 15th Anniversary of the Conference, the conference will aim to provide a multi-dimensional view of the various ways in which individuals and businesses alike are redefining Africa and cementing its place in history as a strong contributor to the global economy. Attendance is a must and they ask for you to not simply attend, but to participate wholeheartedly – engaging as they jointly celebrate Africa’s successes – and deliberate on how we can actively improve on our past as we press forward. What’s more, the evening banquet will feature a special performance by Nigerian hip hop sensation M.I. and the music during the Networking Session and After-Party will be provided by DJ Kweks of DrumPulse Entertainment.

So what is your Africa story and are you falling for her as well? How and why will you redefine Africa?

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Editor’s Note:’s short film “Africa Straight Up” kicks off the conference on Friday night, and our founder and CEO Teresa Clarke is a featured speaker on the panel “Media: Roles & Responsibilities in Re-defining Africa.”