Archive for the ‘higher-education’ Category

My top 10 for 2015

My top 10 for 2015 2015 has been a momentous year for all of us at the Planet Earth Institute. Below are my top nine highlights of the past year!   1) Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub joins the board   I could not be happier that Sir Magdi Yacoub has joined the PEI board. Sir… Read More

Africa Data Challenge: TReND in Africa launches bioinformatics course

In April, we launched the two winning projects from the Africa Data Challenge, a competition that invited people around the world to pitch their ideas for data-driven projects on the continent. The two winners had very different projects: Mary Olushoga of the AWP Network suggested a training course that would equip Nigerian female farmers with… Read More

IBM Community Day, Angola

We are delighted to announce that IBM Research-Africa has become the latest organisation to join the PEI Partners Forum. With facilities in Kenya and South Africa, IBM Research – Africa is driving innovation and socio-economic development by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and enable new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture,… Read More

Doing business in Africa: challenges and opportunities

Today we were delighted to welcome many African missions and distinguished partners including TechEquity and Celia Moore of IBM to our second Africa Breakfast Club for the year. This morning’s event explored the state of doing business in Africa, and wider trends, challenges and opportunities, a highly topical subject given the continent’s status as an… Read More

Five questions with Jaloul Ayed, Tunisian candidate for president of the African Development Bank

This week, we spoke to Jaloul Ayed, the Tunisian candidate for president of the African Development Bank and current president of MED Confederation. Mr Ayed spoke passionately about the need to create a strong enabling environment for private sector companies, and what the Bank can do to help improve higher education on the continent. 1)… Read More

Five questions with Birama Sidibe

This is the second interview in our series of discussions with four of the candidates for the presidency of the African Development Bank. We were fortunate to speak to Birama Sidibe, a proud Malian and Vice-President of the Islamic Development Bank, about his intention to build a modern and dynamic Bank and maximise Africa’s demographic… Read More