Africa and Middle East

Africa Speaker Series

The Africa Speaker Series explores business, social, and developmental issues in this diverse continent with the youngest and fastest growing population. From time to time, events in this series are co-organized with Northeastern University's Africa Global Initiative.

Women Who Empower Africa

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Northeastern's Africa Global Initiative and the Center for Emerging Markets hosted Women Who Empower Africa. Rania Belkahia, co-founder of Afrimarket, an e-commerce platform for French-speaking West Africa, talked about her entrepreneurial journey on the continent and the next chapter in her engagement with Africa.


Africa Business Conference

Hosted by the Center for Emerging Markets and Northeastern's Africa Global Initiative, the Inaugural Africa Business Conference featured policymakers, CEOs, and experts on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa. Participants heard from Florie Liser, President & CEO, Corporate Council on Africa, Dilip Pal, Chief Finance Officer, Safaricom PLC and Amb. Rama Yade, Senior Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council.


A Conversation with Ministers of Bahrain and Indonesia about Tourism Industry

With vaccinations on the rise and covid restrictions easing across the world, the tourism industry is beginning to recover. Participants joined His Excellency Zayad al Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce & Tourism of Bahrain and Mr. Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Jakarta, for a discussion on the impacts of a tourism resurgence in a post-pandemic world, featuring our distinguished panel of experts. The event was moderated by Dr. Ravi Ramamurti, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Emerging Markets.


Nardone Family Seminar Series

Made possible by a gift from David R. Nardone, this seminar series brings scholars and practitioners to Northeastern University to share insights on emerging markets.

Mezuo Nwuneli

Private Equity in Africa

Startups and entrepreneurship are taking off in Africa. Mezuo Nwuneli, Managing Partner at Sahel Capital, who has over 25 years of experience in finance and has invested in several companies in West Africa, discussed the role of private equity in Africa, with examples and insights from food, agriculture, and agribusiness.

Jonathan Greenacre

Bridge Institutions in Africa

Jonathan Greenacre, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, discussed the bridge institutions in Africa and how they provide micro-solar energy, clean drinking water, and other services to remote communities in Africa.

Prof Albert Wöcke

Case Studies of Business-Government Scandals in South Africa

Albert Wöcke, Professor of GIBS at University of Pretoria, spoke about case studies of business-government scandals in South Africa.


Symposium: Thriving in Volatile Emerging Markets

The Center for Emerging Markets hosted experts from a range of academic and professional sectors during its seventh annual Center for Emerging Mar­kets Symposium, for a discussion on effective strategies in the face of market volatility in emerging economies. Read more.

Has Africa's Time Come? 

Stephen Hayes, former President and CEO, Corporate Council of Africa

Report from Middle East

Karim Smadi, Managing Director of REDA Industrial Materials, Dubai