New Technologies for Job Creation in Africa

On December 12, the Africa Business, Social Enterprise and International Business & Development Clubs co-sponsored a lecture given by Martin Fisher, co-founder of Appropriate Technologies (ApproTEC), a non-profit organization based in Kenya. Fisher, a Stanford Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, first visited Kenya as a Fulbright Scholar in the mid-1980s. In 1991, he established ApproTEC, an… Continue reading New Technologies for Job Creation in Africa

Interview with Laurie Gould (MBA 1996)

What was your background prior to Harvard Business School? Prior to coming to HBS, I worked with homeless women running a shelter and drop-in center. Before working with homeless women, I was enrolled in a PhD program in theoretical linguistics. I spent a year in Kenya doing linguistic research on a Fulbright scholarship. Why did… Continue reading Interview with Laurie Gould (MBA 1996)

International Flip-Flop

The recent Harvard University policy prohibiting granting of academic credit or funding for study by Harvard College students to countries on the U.S. State Department “Travel Warnings” list, which currently encompasses 25 countries from Indonesia to Kenya, is unfortunate (see “College Deters Travel to More Countries,” Harvard Crimson, December 2, 2004). While heightened security concerns… Continue reading International Flip-Flop

Social Enterprise Perspectives: Summer in Narok, Kenya

Social Enterprise Summer Fellow: Rick Buhrman (OB) Internship: Maasai Education Discovery (MED) Instead of taking the traditional investment banking or consulting routes, last summer almost ten percent of EC’s dared to do something different by participating in the HBS Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship program. Since 1982, the fellowship has helped students find positions in social… Continue reading Social Enterprise Perspectives: Summer in Narok, Kenya

113th Boston Marathon!

DATE:Monday, April 20, 2009 TIME:Push Rim Wheelchair Start: 9:22 a.m.Elite Women Start: 9:32 a.m.Elite Men & Wave 1 Start: 10:00 a.m.Wave 2 Start: 10:30 a.m. DISTANCE:26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers) HISTORY This coming Monday, April 20th – also known as Patriot’s Day – marks the 113th consecutive running of the Boston marathon. From its… Continue reading 113th Boston Marathon!

Obama and Me

A conservative Kenyan relates his personal odyssey through the 2008 election. In the process of selecting a leader, he makes surprising discoveries that transcend politics. On the surface, it appears that I voted for Obama because I am black, or because I am Kenyan, or both. But nothing could be farther from the truth. More… Continue reading Obama and Me

Looking for a Different Summer Experience?

For many of you, recruiting week was a blur, but you got through it with multiple job offers. You are ridiculously excited and have your whole summer planned out. In fact, the only thing between you and the summer is finding that perfect apartment in Manhattan on Craigslist, preferably within walking distance to your wonderful… Continue reading Looking for a Different Summer Experience?

East Africa Trek

I still cannot believe that I had the chance to visit Africa despite my long history in connection with the continent. Everyone who grew up in the former Soviet Union knows the verses from a famous children’s book about Doctor Aybolit, who was asked by a hippo to go to Africa. When Aybolit asked him… Continue reading East Africa Trek

A Note from the Editor

Welcome back. It was an eventful break. We saw oil finally finish its inexorable climb toward $100 a barrel, HBS students scrambling to avoid the violence in Kenya, and the historic assassination of former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. America has also been captivated by a Presidential election pregnant with energy. A Harvard MBA… Continue reading A Note from the Editor

Fighting East African Poverty with a Profit

On November 2, 2007, Yale and Kellog Alumnus, Andrew Youn, discussed to the Harvard Business School community the founding of his One Acre Fund, a social enterprise founded two years ago that won the 2006 Stanford and Yale Social Business Plan Competitive foundation grants. Holding the humanitarian goal of fighting chronic hunger in Africa at… Continue reading Fighting East African Poverty with a Profit