The 2015 practicum focused on tackling the challenges of doing business in Africa through the lens of Nova-Pioneer, an emerging private education institution based in South Africa and Kenya. Nova-Pioneer develops young African leaders and innovators through the creation of primary and secondary schools across sub-Saharan Africa.

Case Host




Chinezi was previously the Head of McKinsey & Company's African Education Practice, where he worked across over 25 countries' across the world, including South Africa. Chinezi started his career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, where he was nominated by his students to Who's Who of American Teachers. Chinezi holds degrees from Stanford (MBA, MA Education) and Harvard (BA) Universities.


Using a case-based approach, invited students from leading business schools and partner institutions collaboratively explored the expansion of private education systems across the continent. Students had the opportunity to work in hybrid teams composed of up to 7 students. Each team represented a different stakeholder group. Throughout the workshop, students worked with their respective team-members, and negotiated deals with other stakeholder groups. The workshop culminated with presentations of potential solutions to industry experts, faculty and renowned Yale World Fellows with relevant academic and professional experience. 

Multi-dimensional analysis:

Case analysis focused on multiple areas, emblematic of the integrated management perspectives approach of the Yale School of Management core curriculum.  

These perspectives aimed to address questions the organization faced around:

1) Financial Forecasting: How can the company maximize its value in the short and long-run?

2) Strategic Direction: What strategy should the company pursue to optimize long-term growth across geographies and customer segments? 

3) Management and Human Capital: How should the company manage its human capital, cultural integration, and management ethos?   

4) Marketing Analysis: How should the firm adapt its business model to best attract and retain customers?

5) Society and Non-market Strategy: How should the firm influence relationships with government, regulators, NGOs and society?

Sponsors and Media Partners



Media Partners

African Business Central ("ABC") is a leading online media company showcasing news on African business and all things Africa. ABC's core values are based on the idea that business and entrepreneurship are the surest path to Africa's socio-economic progress.


Pioneer Academies at the Africa Business Practicum

Pioneer Academies at the Africa Business Practicum


Speakers and Evaluators

Keynote Address


program manager, google: emerging market initiatives for chrome and android

Karen explores ideas of how Chrome and Android initiatives could inform and enable emerging markets within Africa and beyond, of educational environments by working with Google partners to explore ideas of transformation. Prior to working at Google she was a teacher, teacher-trainer and head of academics exploring educational change. She coordinated the teacher and school leader development outreach project. She is an author and presenter. She has her Honours in Educational Technology with a focus on response systems in the classroom, and her Masters in Educational Technology, which focused on mobile learning, from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is passionate about how technology can assist in enhancing learning.



njoya tikum

Regional Anti-Corruption and Economic Governance Policy Advisor

Njoya is the Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor for the UN Development Programme based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He leads UNDP’s efforts to strengthen capacities of African governments and regional organizations to prevent and combat corruption and related development and economic governance challenges in Africa. Njoya is the founder and co-founder of a number of human rights based organizations in his native country of Cameroon (including Human Rights Focus and The Tort for Tortured Victims Center), and is currently developing clinical human rights models of study with a number of universities. Identified as an Emerging Leader by the German Marshall Fund for the United States, and a former Human Rights Fellow with Columbia University, Njoya continues to be passionate about issues of social justice and the inclusive economic transformation of Africa.




Liz Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, a cutting-edge South African organization that for twenty years has successfully delivered innovative social development services to underserved communities for which Nelson Mandela served as a chief patron.  Ms. Ngonzi is leading its work in North America, in the organization’s mission to develop a next-generation non-profit; building strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations, non-profits, academia and global organizations.  Most recently, she led Afrika Tikkun’s September 2015 role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa mission to South Africa, which included 150+ investors, small businesses and multi-national corporations. 

A global public speaker, she is frequently requested to speak about entrepreneurship, leadership, and technological innovations advancing international development.  Her appearances have included chairing the August 2015 African Women’s Leadership Summit in South Africa; speaking in the October 2014 International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands and May 2014 WIE Lagos Symposium in Nigeria; delivering a 2013 TEDx Talk at Cornell University; and serving on the 2012 SXSW Africa, Tech & Women panel that she co-organized in Austin, TX.  Most recently, she was appointed to the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State.




Adaora is a Nigerian name meaning daughter of all, and she's tried to make good on that aspiration as a global storyteller and award-winning journalist who is currently teaching at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.  A lawyer by training, she consults and executes communication strategies for Fortune 100 companies, Am Law 100 law firms, investors and entrepreneurs. 
Previously, Adaora served as interim president of News Deeply, an award-winning startup focused on complex global issues-- the parent company of (hailed by Time Magazine, as “the future of news”),, and the newly launched   

Her award-winning storytelling was honed over many years working across broadcast and digital platforms for among others: ABC News, CNN and public radio. She has previously reported on stories from Sago, West Virginia to Dornoch, Scotland to Baghdad, Iraq. 



Director of investments, Africa Integras

Chinesom is the Director of Investments at Africa Integras an asset management firm that  invests early-risk capital for the development of infrastructure related projects within the African education industry. The Firms’ investment focus includes (inter-alia) the construction of academic facilities, student hostels, faculty housing, and related commercial and leisure facilities across the Africa continent. Prior to Africa Integras, Chinesom was Managing Director at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation within its private equity group where he manages over $900 million in capital reserved for private equity funds that hold investments in companies across four continents and over 30 countries. Chinesom is the President of the Board of the Washington Latin Public Charter School, a 5th through 12th public charter school in Washington D.C.


Idayat hassan

Director, centre for democracy & development

Idayat is Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja based policy advocacy and research organization with focus on deepening Democracy and Development in West Africa. She was previously principal programme officer and team leader for democratic governance at the CDD. She previously coordinated the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC). She is a lawyer by profession  and has held fellowship in several universities across Europe and America. Her core interest spans democracy, peace and security and transitional justice in West Africa.




Pablo is founder and CEO of Bereco SA & Bereco Labs, Inc., a company focused on innovation, technology and management. In the public sector, he has served as the Director of Infrastructure for the City of Buenos Aires, where he faced both enormous challenges and opportunities to apply new technologies to city and regional infrastructure. Pablo is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and former Dean at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), where he focused on teaching and researching the link between technology, infrastructure and social and economic impact. Pablo serves as Vice President of the Argentinean Social Forum, and has shared his ideas on innovation, education, technology, the future of mobility and cities across media platforms in Argentina. A trained engineer, he graduated with honors from Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina. Pablo is also the founder of others technology based companies such as B3 and Agro Appgrade SA. He also holds graduate degrees from University of California at Berkeley and the UNESCO-IHE Institute in Delft, The Netherlands; and has earned fellowships from Fulbright, Eisenhower and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Planning Team

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Daniel Dzamesi, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM
  • Enyi Okebugwu, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM
  • Alisha Rahemtulla, MBA/MPH Candidate 2016, Yale SOM/YSPH

Case Development

  • Tosin Agbabiaka, JD/MBA Candidate 2016, Yale Law School/Yale SOM
  • Zach Nolan, MBA Candidate 2017, Yale SOM
  • Fona Osunloye, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM

Finance & Sponsorship

  • Iffy Akwule, MBA Candidate 2017, Yale SOM
  • Tan Mahachi, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM
  • Rotimi Tewe, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM


  • Nilofer Ahmed, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM
  • Nitesh Kumar, MBA Candidate 2017, Yale SOM


  • Feruz Erizku, MBA Candidate 2017, Yale SOM
  • Eric Lockhart, MBA/MA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM/Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs


  • Marema Diop, MBA Candidate 2017, Yale SOM
  • Sharon Mwale, HCM Candidate 2016, Yale SOM/YSPH
  • Maria Said, MBA Candidate 2016, Yale SOM  

Special Thanks To:

  • Case Supervision: Professor Ahmed Musfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics,
  • Yale SOM Case Web Editor: Jaan Elias, Director of Case Research, Yale SOM
  • Yale Africa Initiative: Eddie Mandhry, Director for Africa at Yale’s Office of International Affairs
  • Global Network Coordination: Camino de Paz, Director of Global Initiatives, Yale SOM
  • Academic Affairs and Student Life: Rebecca Melnick, Rebecca Udler, Mary Ann Green
  • Institutional Partnerships Development Office: Adrienne Gallagher, Director
  • SOM Community and Inclusion: Tiffany Gooden, Director
  • SOM Office of Communications: Ben Mattison, Amy Kundrat, Matthew O’Rourke
  • SOM Event Media Services: Tim Spencer, Eric Kuligowski, Tim Shea