African Solutions for 

Global Issues


        3 April 2019       


The MBA Africa Club, HEC AfricAntilles Association together with HEC International Affairs and Executive Education would like to thank you for your presence and participation at the 3rd Edition of AfricaDays@HecParis.

 Your attendance made the event a success for the third-year running and  it was a pleasure to welcome you onto campus.
With HEC Paris’ own development in Africa becoming one of our top priorities, the event shone the spotlight on young entrepreneurs and those who are building the Africa of the 21st century, raising awareness about two sectors of development,
 each distinct from the other but of equal importance for economic development:  The Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa and The Music Industry. 

Panel 1 discussed new means of sustainable energy production to combat Africa’s energy supply problems. Panellists highlighted the importance of capitalizing on and leveraging the country’s renewable resources such as geothermal, hydro and solar power and the impact of energy on the environment, national security issues and human development.  Other key points discussed were distribution models and energy as an engine for maximizing productivity in other sectors by way of a harmonised policy. 

Panel 2 talked about the emergence of a music economy in Africa associated with digital development. Panellists emphasised the opportunities for development of the music industry in Africa and the problems faced in terms of difficulties with distribution and copyright of the music produced. Also discussed were solutions that bring together technology, innovation, the artist and the younger generation to enable the music sector in Africa to grow.

The positive feedback received from many who attended reflects the energy and ambition felt by all for building a more prosperous Africa.


We hope that this will mark a long-lasting and fruitful cooperation between HEC Paris and  African experts and leaders of the academic and economic world, in support of a sustainable and inclusive development of the continent.

Yele Olatunbosun, Nefe Etomi, Abou Toure, Barria Achimi, Badisson Zeade


Keynote Speaker

H.E. Prof. Judi Wakhungu

Kenya Ambassador to France
Former Minister for Environment


Effective Solutions for the Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa

With more than 600 million people – almost two thirds of its population – without electricity and with growing demands, Africa is still confronted with numerous energy supply problems that slow down and endanger its economic growth, which is nonetheless promising. The lack of infrastructure and the poor road conditions prevents the transport and delivery of energy and several other essentials to rural areas, which are not connected to the national grid. 


More than 730 million people are still dependent on charcoal for cooking or on petrol for lighting, even though the continent has abundant renewable energy resources at its disposal. The usage of these clean energies and the development of new means of electricity production is one of the major challenges that the continent faces. For several years now, young entrepreneurs have proposed new solutions to respond simultaneously to transport and distribution problems, to environmental performance and impact, and finally to providing easy payment methods. 


Setting up micro-networks is a great response to the needs of the continent, and could also become the best solution to the planet’s climate and energy issues. Lots of startups have already made significant progress setting up electricity networks for villages thanks to out of the box solutions. It’s a real revolution taking place on the African continent, similar to that already witnessed with mobile telephones.

Prof.Judi Wakhungu

Ambassador of Kenya to France

Paul-Francois Cattier VP Economic Development
Africa & Middle East
 Schneider Electric

Dr Meseret T. Zemedkun

 Energy Africa Office   UNEP

Alexandre Coster

Founder and CEO  Baobab+



Shedding Light onto Untapped Industries in Africa   

The Music Industry

Blues, jazz, soul, RnB, funk... Africa has long been a source for music. And music can be considered a cultural wealth for Africa. 

While the music industry is historically in the hands of an oligopoly, the emergence of a music economy in Africa associated with digital development can reshuffle the cards. To what extent can this economy be built for the benefit of Africa? Is the African music industry primed to be a driver of economic growth in Africa? Can Africa be the place of affirmation of a new, more diverse music economy?

The panel will focus on the roles of key stakeholders (artists, online music platforms and music labels), both locally and in the diaspora, in driving the industry forward. Discussions will revolve around how technology, record labels, and musicians have collaborated to create music and continent originating out of the continent. Especially with the increase of smart devices into Africa, it is becoming easier for Africans to create, commission, and consume content with the global community. 

Blick Bassy

Singer and Songwriter

Liz Gomis

Journalist, RadioNova

Michael Ugwu

General Manager
Sony Music West Africa

Cleopatra Mukula

Segment Manager

Akotchayé Okio

International Development Africa


Tina Mwenu

Singer and Poet


16:00 - 17:00

Registration and Reception at Building T, Amphitheatre Blondeau.

17:00 - 17:45

Opening with Keynote Speaker

17:45 - 19:00  Panel 1

Effective Solutions for Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa

19:00 - 19:15



Short Break

19:30 - 20:45   Panel 2

Shedding Light onto Untapped Industries in Africa - The Music Industry

20:45 - 22:00

Closing Cocktail 


Arriving at HEC Paris



Bus Mobicaps Ligne 9
Les Ulis Centre commercial - Jouy-en-Josas Train Station

Horaires_Mobicaps_Ligne 9_2019.pdf

Bus Phebus Ligne GHP
Jouy en Josas Train Station - HEC Campus


Bus Phebus Ligne Z
Versailles Gare Rive Gauche - Saclay Le Christ
Versailles Gare des Chantiers - Campus HEC

Horaires_Phebus Z_18-19.pdf

Campus HEC - Massy-Palaiseau Train Station
Campus HEC - Pont de Sèvres
Campus HEC - Igny - Denfert-Rochereau Train Station

Horaires SAVAC HEC_2019.pdf



Access by train (RER C or B)

REC C - Gare de Jouy-en-Josas (Avenue Jean Jaurès 78350 Jouy-en-Josas)

At Jouy-en-Josas train station take bus line Z or line GHP

RER B or C Gare de Massy-Palaiseau (6, Place Pierre Sémard 91300 Massy)

At Massy Palaiseau take RER line C towards Versailles Chantiers until Jouy-en-Josas or the shuttle bus (SAVAC)

HEC Paris Campus

1, rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy en Josas Cedex

Phone: 33 (0)
Fax: 33 (0)

1, Rue de la Libération, 78350 Jouy en Josas

Tel:  +33 (0)

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