Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education announced a new three-module program, Senior Executive Program—Africa (SEPA). The new program is comprised of a module in Cape Town, South Africa from August 14 – August 19, an independent work module from August – November, and a module on the HBS campus in Boston from November 27 – December 2. The program is designed to prepare executives to seize the region’s growth opportunities and build insights into local, regional, and global markets by exploring the approaches of successful leaders.
In partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of Pretoria University in South Africa, the 2016 offering will help executives build the knowledge, perspective, and confidence needed to lead more effectively and accelerate growth. Over time, HBS will partner with additional leading educational institutions to offer this program in different African countries, giving senior executives in Africa the opportunity to build leadership skills and grow a powerful network of peers.
The three-module program begins in Cape Town, South Africa, where executives will learn to design strategies that foster innovation and become more effective leaders. Returning to work in Module 2, executives will examine an important business challenge facing their organizations, before presenting the results in Module 3 on the HBS campus in Boston.
Complemented by ongoing support and networking from HBS, the program helps executives grow as leaders while minimizing time away from work. Designed to emphasize relevant business challenges facing leaders in Africa’s growing businesses, the curriculum examines the experiences of executives from Africa and around the world to illustrate leadership best practices.
Senior Executive Program—Africa (SEPA) is designed for senior executives and strategic decision-makers in African companies from any industry. Participants may include CEOs, CFOs, business line heads, and other senior executives, as well as directors of government agencies. Organizations might include local, multinational, or pan-African businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies.
As with other HBS Executive Education offerings, Senior Executive Program—Africa will rely on research from leading HBS faculty, discussions with industry peers, and learning from real-world case studies from successful global companies. The program also leverages insight from top faculty at GIBS and Lagos Business School.