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Harvard Africa Development Conference

Harvard Africa Development Conference


March 8-9

Harvard Law School


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The African student organizations of Harvard University are excited to have you attend this year’s Development Conference, entitled “Visible Change in Africa: One Innovation at a Time.” This year, the discussions will be centered on highlighting innovative practical projects and development programs that have been established in various African nations and the visible impact generated from such endeavors.


We are planning on a diverse range of panels: Economic Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs, Opportunities for Fashion and Entertainment Law in Africa, Re-conceptualizing Education in Protracted Crises, Leveraging Existing Resources for Change in Public-Private Partnerships, China and Brazil in the African economy, and Building Sustainable Heath Systems to Move Beyond Disease Based Aid.

  • Sponsors
  • Harvard African Law Association
  • Harvard Kennedy School Africa Caucus
  • Partnership for Education in Africa
  • Harvard School of Public Health Africa Health Student Forum
  • Graduate School of Design African Association (Africa GSD)
  • Harvard African Student Association
  • Harvard Medical School Africa Health and Advocacy Group

Join us for the 2012 Career Trek!

Are you interested or curious about a career in International Development, Social Responsibility or Poverty Alleviation? Do you want to pour your efforts into an organization that improves the lives of others? Are you clueless about who offers such opportunities? Then JOIN US for the 2012 SEID Trek to New York City. On March 2nd we will be bouncing around in NYC meeting with various organizations that need people like you. We’ll visit organizations such as the Acumen Fund and Digital Data Divide(featured in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat as his “favorite example” of a social entrepreneur’s initiative). Learn about possible career paths and get a chance to interact and have fun with Sloanies who think like you. Register, join the trek, learn about the firms and become involved. If you have any questions, email Pablo Reinoso ( or Xi Wang ( ).

Register here!

SEID organizes D-Lab Technology Dissemination Program Fellowship Demo


Mobilize Up to Change the World!!

Our next mixer is Feb 15th 6:00 PM- @ MIT Stata Center, R&D Commons

Please join us again to mingle with like-minded people, find teammates and partners, and opportunities to use your skills and experience.

This mixer includes idea pitches and demonstration of D-lab Technology Dissemination Program.

SEID Helping Assured Labor

This past week, SEID members and collaborators Tiago Wright, MBA ’12, Rachel Chung, MBA ’12, Reka Horvath, MBA ’12; Kira Intrator, a Course 4 student; and Pallavi Chaube, significant other of Anand Dass, MBA ’12 were recognized for their contribution to Assured Labor.  The company “enables job seekers in emerging markets to find jobs using their cell phones”, as the article states.  The SEID team explored Assured Labor’s options for new country expansion.  David Reich, co-founder of Assured Labor, notes in the article (published on the MIT News site):

“The students presented their findings to David at the end of the fall semester. He commented, “Our SEID team was great. It was invigorating working with five highly driven people. Given the demands of the Core, I was impressed with the quality work they produced and their enthusiasm for our business. Our team will absolutely implement some of their ideas. The team’s work provided a great perspective on what we’re in for and how we should approach these new markets.”

The SEID team, adding value to Assured Labor and photos

The full article can be found here.

Olive oil tasting and learn about social entrepreneurship in the Middle East!

Come hear from two social entrepreneurs who have successfully started ventures in the Middle East region, followed by an olive oil tasting!

Mohammad Hanif Jhaveri set up Hera Capital, a social investment fund in the Middle East. The fund’s model included soliciting funds for projects in emerging Muslim Nations with the purpose of reducing incidence of poverty, extremism, and expanding economic opportunity for the lower-middle classes. Hanif is currently a joint-student MBA-MPA-ID at Stanford and Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to investing, he worked at McKinsey in a variety of public and private sector projects.

Olde City‘s founders, Ali Siam & Ena El-Hadidy, received as a wedding gift of a bottle of Palestinian olive oil in 2007. After remarking on the flavor and quality, they founded Olde City in 2008.  The business turned profitable in only 1 year, and achieved 5 figure sales in its first 6 months of operation, and doubled sales between 2008 and 2009.  Olde City currently carries exclusively fair trade products.

Location: E51-335

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

Date: November 3

Sponsored by the Middle East and North Africa Business Club, SEID, and the Entrepreneurship Club

Avoiding drug conterfeiting in Ghana – CEO of Spoxil

Growing up in Ghana, Ashifi Gogo was amazed that he could surf the Internet on his mobile phone from anywhere, but couldn’t always get clean tap water to drink. “The only state-of-the-art infrastructure we have is our cellphone network,” said Gogo, a 28-year-old Dartmouth College engineering graduate, who co-founded Sproxil Inc., a cell-phone based drug authentication service. Gogo said the decision by many African nations to privatize the mobile industry has inadvertently created tremendous opportunities to help solve widespread problems such as counterfeiting. Gogo hopes Sproxil will help end the “menace” of counterfeit drugs in Africa and other developing nations.

Room:  e62-250

Date: October 27

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Co-sponsored by SEID, Africa Business Club, and MoMIT

Mobile’s Role in Supporting Emerging Markets – Director of Nokia

Lior Nir leads the Global Strategy, Portfolio Management, and Business Development teams for Nokia’s Services Platform business unit. In this role, Lior sets the strategy and manages the portfolio of Nokia’s Cloud Computing and Data Core Services, which enable Nokia’s Services and mobile devices to serve 100s of millions of active users. Prior to this role, Lior was the General Manager of Nokia’s personal media sharing service, Ovi Share. He built and launched this Service in over 100 countries and managed the Services Social Media ecosystem. Before this, Lior was the Director of Global Product Marketing for Nokia Enterprise Mobility Solutions, responsible for the development and execution of the go-to-market strategy.

Room: E62 in room 223

Time: 12pm -1pm

Date: November 1

Cosponsored by SEID and MoMIT

Does Venture Capital help social enterprises in Latin America? Hear from CEO of IGNIA Fund

Come hear from the Co-founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA Partners , Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui, about his perspective in creating one of the most successful venture capital organizations to support social entrepreneurs in Latin America. Before IGNIA, Alvaro was Former Chairman of the Board of ACCION International (, a 50 year old US based non-for-profit and a global pioneer of microfinance and worldwide leading development organization in the field.

He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world. In 2005 was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Rodríguez holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

IGNIA is a venture capital investment firm based in Mexico that supports the founding and expansion of high growth social enterprises that serve the base of the socio-economic pyramid in Latin America. IGNIA empowers entrepreneurship and generates social impact while creating attractive financial returns for its investors. IGNIA is raising an initial fund of approximately US$75 million.

Lunch will be served

Room: E62-223

Time: 12pm -1pm

Cosponsored by SEID, Latin American Club, and VCPE

Hear from the founder of Global Public Health at BCG

Co-sponsored by Sloan Entrepreneurs in International Development, Management Consulting Club, and Net Impact

Wendy Woods – Partner and Managing Director, BCG

Wendy Woods is a Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group. She founded and leads BCG’s work in global public health – working with foundations, partnerships and multilateral organizations to improve health across the developing world. Before joining BCG, Wendy worked for the OECD and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Lunch provided

Room: E62-262

Time: 12pm – 1pm