Leadership Lessons: Social Ventures in Africa


Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ellwood Democracy Labs (R-414AB), Harvard Kennedy School

The African social entrepreneurship landscape has expanded rapidly in recent years. From health ventures to sustainable energy solutions, Africans are forging new paths across the continent and around the world to stimulate economic growth and social wellbeing. Join us for a discussion on these issues with Claude Grunitzky, founder and editor-in-chief of TRUE Africa, a media platform championing young African voices. Mr. Grunitzky will share leadership lessons from cultivating his own social ventures, and examine the new generation of African social entrepreneurs creating fresh opportunities for the continent. This event will be moderated by SICI Cheng Fellow Dinah Hanson, MPP '18.

Mr. Grunitzky serves as a Hauser Visiting Leader at the HKS Center for Public Leadership and a Visiting Innovator at the HKS
Social Innovation + Change Initiative (SICI).

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP hereQuestions? E-mail cpl_events@hks.harvard.edu.

More About Claude Grunitzky
Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE and TRUE Africa, a media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. In November 2016, TRUE Africa was funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative. In February 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion- dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 200 million people across 150 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010. Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Grunitzky, who speaks six languages and carries three passports, was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media ventures. A graduate of London University and MIT, Grunitzky is also the President and a board member at the Watermill Center, a laboratory of inspiration and performance, founded by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson, which provides a unique environment for a global community of emerging and established artists and thinkers to gather and explore new ideas together. Grunitzky is also board member at MASS MoCA, a museum in Massachusetts which is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art, and at Humanity in Action, a foundation that works internationally to build global leadership, defend democracy, protect minorities and improve human rights.