Nine professors from Stanford Graduate School of Business visited West Africa this spring, meeting with business leaders, entrepreneurs, economists, Stanford GSB alumni, and Stanford Seed Transformation Program participants.
They pulled on hard hats to visit construction sites; donned hairnets to tour food processing factories; sat down with Africa’s most successful businessman, Aliko Dangote; and met startup founders who took part in the Seed Transformation Program — an immersive management-training program — in Ghana and Nigeria.
Faculty study trips provide Stanford researchers with intellectual and personal experiences in parts of the world that are essential to the global economy, and spark interest in future research opportunities.
In December, another group of faculty members will head to India; they will have the opportunity to visit Seed’s newest center in Chennai. Previous trip destinations include Brazil, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam.