Representing Hamilton at the Harvard Africa Business Conference were (from left) Ian Nduhiu ’22, Mariam Ben Slama (exchange student), Christopher Akuleme ’23, and Ade Sotinwa ’21.

Four students represented Hamilton, as well as their countries, at the recent Harvard Africa Business Conference (HABC) at the Harvard Business School. They included Christopher Akuleme ’23 from Ghana; Ian Nduhiu ’22 from Kenya; Ade Sotinwa ’21 from Nigeria; and Mariam Ben Slama, an exchange student from Tunisia.

The HABC is an annual professional gathering that brings business leaders from the African continent together with African college students from across the United States to discuss current economic trends. Participants are encouraged to consider their roles in shaping the future of their home countries.

According to the Hamilton group, listening to conference panelists, who are also business experts, and participating in discussions helped them to individually create frameworks for envisioning their roles in leading change. The group maintains that as African students far from home, they found it inspiring not only to be part of a greater network of individuals seeking change, but also to understand the impact they can make with an American education based on the experiences of experts in industry.

The HABC trip was funded by the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department, the Dean of International Students and Accessibility Office, and the Renyi Leadership Fund from the Student Activities Office.

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