Harvard, Schooner Foundation To Support African Professionals


Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) just announced a new program to educate professionals working in technology and governance in African nations. The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Development Program will add to the school’s executive education offerings, which will enhance the skills of experienced practitioners. A gift of $1 million from the Schooner Foundation will underwrite the program.

“This initiative will go a long way in equipping African leaders with the knowledge needed to convert their vision into practical programs,” said Alpha Kanu, minister of information and communication for Sierra Leone. “I commend Harvard Kennedy School for pioneering the effort.”

The Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Development Program will follow the established HKS Executive Education format of one-week intensive sessions with HKS faculty members for public, private, and nonprofit sector executives. The new program is specifically for professionals from ministries, enterprises, and academia across Africa who have expertise in agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure.


African leaders from government, industry, academia, and general practice are invited to apply. Participants will be competitively chosen based on the significance and relevance of the problem statements submitted as part of the application. The cohort will be selected from central government ministries; state, regional, and municipal authorities; academic and research institutions; state, private, and social enterprises; and regional economic integration organizations.

Apply here: Harvard Schooner Foundation













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