Social Entrepreneurship – The Prosperity Paradox: Policy, Entrepreneurship and Development in Africa

This panel will explore the role of policy and entrepreneurship in finding solutions to Africa’s socioeconomic and developmental challenges. By placing the policy and entrepreneurship at the core of the discourse, we will explore the impact of the proliferation of social innovators, the entrepreneurship ecosystem, the challenges facing social entrepreneurs in Africa, the institutional voids, infrastructure, impact investing and venture capital, and the importance of an integrated African market to the success of African social entrepreneurship and development.


Mac Sarbah

Mac Sarbah
Graduate Student, Harvard University

Mac Sarbah is a multidisciplinary scholar, thinker and innovator. He is passionate about applying leadership, education, social innovation and entrepreneurship to making social impact in developing countries. He is the Founder of EdAcme and The Sarbah Foundation, social enterprises to help reduce access, quality and relevance gaps in education.

Mac has a wealth of experience in strategic advisory and research in a number of countries with some of the world’s biggest organizations such as T-Mobile Telecommunications, The Better Business Bureau of the United States, The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Tata Group of Companies in India, Citigroup North America and Jospong Group of Companies in Ghana.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from the University of Ghana, a Master of Arts in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in New York City, an Advanced Post-Graduate Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University’s Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), and a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organization from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in England. He is currently pursuing a Master of Design Studies in Risk and Resilience at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.”                                                                                                                      


Dr. Raymond Atuguba

Dr. Raymond Atuguba
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School

Raymond Akongburo ATUGUBA is Visiting Professor of Law and Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the Harvard School of Law.  He is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ghana School of Law, where he has taught since 2002.

He had previously served as the Executive Secretary to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Executive Secretary and Principal Researcher to the Constitution Review Commission of Ghana, and a Member of the UN High Level Taskforce on the Right to Development.

Prof. Atuguba is also Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the non-profit institution, Legal Resources Centre, and the Founder and Team Leader of Law and Development Associates (LADA), a law and consultancy firm.

He has also consulted for a number of international organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the African Union, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and many others.

Zeenith Ebrahim

Zeenith Ebrahim
Founder & CEO, Jamii

Zeenith is the founder of Jamii, a community health venture that aims to provide affordable health diagnostics in homes and care for people who can’t care for themselves in low-income communities in South Africa and eventually across Africa.  By training unemployed community members to provide the service in their own communities.  Prior to this, Zeenith led GE Healthcare’s Affordable Care business and Indirect Channel Partners across Africa.  In this role, she focused on enabling access to healthcare diagnostic technology across the African continent.

Zeenith spent a decade in rail infrastructure leading a number of large railway projects across Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, etc.  This enabled her to work with African Governments to leverage railways to create jobs and transfer skills and technology.  During her time as the GM & CEO of GE South Africa Technologies – a locomotive manufacturing and maintenance company in South Africa – GE produced its most localized locomotive in Africa for Africa creating thousands of jobs; training and transferring skills and creating a local heavy industry supply base in South Africa.

Zeenith is a Harvard South Africa Fellow and a Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration candidate at Harvard’s Kennedy School. 

Dr. Liben Hailu

Dr. Liben Hailu
Chief Innovation Officer, The Duracell Company

“Liben Hailu is the Chief Innovation Officer of The Duracell Company, responsible for Innovation program, New Business Development and brand licensing globally. He has over 25 years of global experience, leading the development and commercialization of consumer products, contributing to the growth of the largest consumer products company in the world.

While at Procter & Gamble, Liben had played a leading role supporting the growth strategy of P&G in Sub Sahara Africa, including the setting up of the business in Ethiopia. As part of giving back, Liben provides free consultancy for various businesses in Ethiopia, advising on strategies and technical and marketing matters. Currently he serves on the board of the US-based non-profit – Ethiopia Education Initiatives and  on the advisory board of a Private Equity Firm based in Ethiopia.

Liben was born in Ethiopia, earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge, UK, and his BEng in Chemical Engineering from University of Surrey, UK. He is married and has two children and currently resides in CT, USA.