Ubuntu at Duke University
Martin Ganda and Ubuntu Education Fund Managing Director Jordan Levy at Duke MBA Business in Africa Conference
Guest blog by Martin Ganda
We recently hosted Ubuntu Education Fund Managing Director Jordan Levy at Duke. Jordan spoke at the Duke Business in Africa Club’s recent Opportunity and Impact Conference.
Ubuntu was a fantastic example of the new Africa our club seeks to highlight–combination business and impact. Jordan with his immense experience working in South Africa with Ubuntu provided insightful commentary on the interplay of capital and impact in Africa. The conference attendees thoroughly enjoyed his insights on how Ubuntu, a social enterprise, has managed to source funding globally to impact and empower tens of thousands of South Africans in need.
The goals of the Duke Business in Africa Club include highlighting business opportunities in Africa, engaging with Africa’s thought leaders and investors and showcasing Africa as a business case. Our goal of the conference was to bring students, faculty and professionals to the Research Triangle for dialogue and networking regarding the interplay of the rising economic opportunities in Africa and the importance of creating impactful economic change to go with the Africa’s economic growth.
Conference highlights included the insights of speakers we hosted from Africa and North America, sharing their thoughts, ideas and experiences of how the Africa business landscape is evolving. The Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Arthur Mutambara’s key message was creating a shared economic value in pursing opportunities in Africa that provides a win-win situation for both the investors and African people.
Advocate Brenda Madumise, Chairperson, National Home Builders Registration Council and the Business Unity South Africa in South Africa, opened the conference highlighting myriad opportunities available in Africa and emphasizing the importance of business school students interested in careers and taking advantage of the burgeoning economic growth story in Africa to go to Africa and experience in person the economic dynamics of Africa that vary from country to country.
Jordan inspired our attendees, and we hope to continue our relationship with Ubuntu.
Zimbabwe-born Martin Ganda is an MBA student at Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He is the co-president of the Duke MBA Business in Africa Club.