As a premiere global business school, Wharton has a strong history and growing presence in Africa.


Wharton Social Impact Initiative

  • Led by a Vice Dean, WSII's work in Africa focuses on business strategies that drive inclusive economic growth across the continent
  • Programmatic areas in impact investing, entrepreneurship & strategic corporate social impact
  • Conducts research and provides advisory services, along with experiential and executive education

Wharton Courses & Degrees

  • Wharton offers three global modular courses in Africa: "Building Future Markets: The Case for Africa," "Conflict, Leadership & Change: Lessons from Rwanda," and "Opportunities and Challenges in Africa: Healthcare and Business in Ethiopia."
  • The Lauder Institute - a dual MBA/MA degree program at University of Pennsylvania - offers a focus on Africa
  • Wharton Executive MBA study trip to South Africa

Wharton Africa Students Association

  • MBA student club with 100+ members
  • Recognized as one of the strongest business school clubs with a focus on Africa
  • Organizes annual treks to Kenya, South Africa, and other countries across the continent
  • Bi-weekly speaker series on campus highlighting African experts

Wharton Africa Business Forum

  • Largest conference at Wharton, attracting 700+ leaders in 2015
  • First conference dedicated to Africa among top tier MBA programs
  • Longest running student-organized, Africa-focused business conference, celebrating its 27th year in 2015

Wharton Club of Africa

  • Official global Wharton Alumni Association (both an affinity and regional club)
  • Mandate to support the Africa-related business interests of its members, education, social activities, and promote the Wharton brand in Africa