Kenyan business mogul Chris Kirubi was invited to be part of the inaugural Africa Advisory Board for Harvard Center for African Studies. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Chris Kirubi was appointed to the board on the recommendation on Prof. Emmanuel Akyeampong, the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies.
According to the Harvard site, the Center for African Studies “serves as an intellectual hub, connecting students, faculty, and members of the wider Africanist community with shared interests through seminars, workshops, and conferences throughout the academic year.” In a move to deepen the scope of studies on African -related subjects, the University of Harvard continues to invest in relationships with some of Africa’s most prominent figures in business, academia, and politics. A respected entrepreneur featured on Forbes List Africa’s 40 Richest individuals, Kirubi is set to be an integral part of the advisory council, guiding policy making as Harvard looks to deepen its intellectual undertaking in Africa.
According to a letter detailing his new membership in the Africa Advisory Council, the Kenyan tycoon has a variety of roles within his three-year term. Philanthropist Kirubi is expected to “open doors for fundraising and assist the Center as it seeks to build an extensive network in Africa that facilitates faculty and student research and placement.”