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IUGB STUDENTS “IN THE BOARD ROOM” AT 2015 AfDB CONFERENCE

IUGB Students 3

IUGB Students

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Carlyle Group hosted students from 3 Côte d’Ivoire prominent universities, including the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) during the “In the Boardroom 2015” program. The program aims to share specialized knowledge with university students and their professors on business strategies and leadership.

The Carlyle Group, one of the largest private equity fund manager in the World, has recently raised an African focused fund, named the Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund. Coming to Africa, Carlyle was keen to not only come as a plain investor but to show its commitment to the development of the continent. It was therefore agreed that the senior management of the Group and the Bank would address students from different African universities on an annual basis in order to raise their awareness and stimulate their interest in private equity and industry.

VPAA Dr. Ahmed Legrouri and Director of External Affairs Mr. Miezan Edoukoun

VPAA Dr. Ahmed Legrouri and Director of External Affairs Mr. Miezan Edoukoun

Mr. Solomon Asamoah, AfDB Vice President of Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration and Mr. Volkert Doekson, Co-founder of Alpinvest Partners and Vice-Chairman of Carlyle Investment Solutions gave presentations covering the role of AfDB and a private investment firm in the African and the World economies.

The IUGB students, along with others, engaged in a dynamic question and answer session with a myriad of pertinent questions that surprisingly led to more challenging and bold responses from Mr. Asamoah and Mr. Doekson.

Mrs. Kodeidja Diallo, Director of Private Sector Operations at AfDB contributed to shedding light on some of the practical questions raised by students

IUGB Students

IUGB Students

One of the highlights of the day was the thunderous and long applauds from students and the audience following IUGB Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Ahmed Legrouri’s stern appeal to AfDB and other private institutions in the continent to be more attentive and responsive to students’ urgent needs of financial assistance to attend the best schools, good internships to complement their education, and job opportunities to contribute to the society’s development.