A Malgache entrepreneur awarded a prize at SciencesPo Paris


    The Lead Campus program awarded Hagasata Rakotoson, managing director of Solidis, with the Proparco prize of best entrepreneur. Report on this program initiated by the Fondation AfricaFrance with the support of AFD.

    Strengthen the capacity for action and boost leaders’ desire to act

    The Lead Campus program was designed to identify and develop skills and bring the economic elite of Africa together.

    Bilingual French-English, it is aimed at African managers and entrepreneurs with a training program and research themes adapted to the continent in order to integrate the issues of growth and sustainable development.

    “All content proposed in the training must aim at strengthening the capacity to take action, the impact of future action and boost the desire to act. Ultimately, the key factor in implementing large-scale change is this will,” explains Gaël Giraud, chief economist at AFD.

    Train top executives in the realities of development on the African continent

    The 23 members of the first class in this program obtained their certification on the 10th of September in Paris. Three of them even received a special award: a 5,000-euro prize for excellence.

    • The awards for excellence in detail:
    • The AFD award for CSR project to Djiby Diagne;
    • The AfricaFrance Foundation prize for women’s entrepreneurship to Khadidiatou Diop Nakoulima;
    • The Proparco prize for best entrepreneur to Hagasata Rakotoson.

    Hagasata Rakotoson is the managing director of the company Solidis Garantie which works with financial institutions in granting credit to entrepreneurs.

    Training co-constructed by 4 African and French institutions

    For Lionel Zinsou, president of AfricaFrance, “training top African executives in the complex realities of development of the continent is a necessity and a priority. It implies designing specific training can only exist with African academic partners.”

    The training content was thus implemented by a consortium made up of two French institutions, SciencesPo and AFD, and two African institutions, the Institut supérieur de management (Senegal) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

    The next class of the Lead Campus program will begin in April 2017.

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