Gurus & Griots – Launch Announcement



Gurus & Griots – Launch Announcement

NEW YORK, April 27, 2021 – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – IE University has announced the inaugural cohort of its flagship Gurus and Griots scholarship program, an academic accelerator organized by the IE Africa Center that brings African leaders and Afro-descendants front and center as educators and representatives of IE University.

The fellows for 2021 are:

· Akinkunmi Akinnola – Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications – Canadian Center for Diversity and InclusionCanada

· Ayuli jemide – Lead Partner – Business Detail Lawyers – Nigeria

· David harlley – Founder, Managing Partner – Third Way Capital – Canada

· Kosi Yankey-Ayeh – Executive Director – Ghana Business Agency (formerly National Small Industry Board) – Ghana

· Raphael ani – former Head of External Marketing – Wayra UK / Telefonica – United Kingdom

· Tayo akinyemi – Consultant – Query Insights – USA

The Fellowship for African and Afro-descendant Leaders in Business, Policy, and Academia will address global challenges and help develop and display the unique perspectives of fellows, incorporating their work into the IE University ecosystem.

The program, which will run until December 2021, merges the fields of practice and academia. It derives its name from the use of the word gurus to denote those influential ideas or theories in business, and griots, a West African term for storytellers, poets and musicians, known to have a great tradition.

As Gurus and Griots actively weave African and diaspora perspectives into course materials and institution-wide initiatives, fellows will act as high-profile representatives of the university, develop academic content, and receive priority consideration for scholars. Positions as adjunct professors in IE University degree-granting programs. Additionally, the cohort will form an advisory panel that will influence the reinvention of ways of learning and thinking about business and public affairs through an African and Afro-diasporic lens.

“At the IE Africa Center, where we view Africa as a continent and a people, our mission is to shed light on African solutions to global challenges. With the launch of Gurus and Griots, we are inviting African and Afro-descendant leaders to share their experience and knowledge with a global community of students, dreamers and doers. ”Felicia Appenteng, President IE Africa Center.

“We are a global university that values ​​not only fairness but also practicality. Weave the knowledge and achievements of African and Afro-descendant scholars and experts at the heart of the educational experience is not only our responsibility as educators, but an opportunity to promote a new learning model, ”said IE University President Santiago Iñiguez.

“At the School of Global and Public Affairs we believe in a truly global world that recognizes the uniqueness and importance of each region,” said Susana Malcorra, Dean of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs. “We joined Gurus & Griots to better understand the challenges and opportunities in Africa and, more importantly, to immerse ourselves in the creativity and energy of its people to find solutions.”

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