THE AFRICA GLOBAL INITIATIVE
The continent of Africa is fueled by the promise presented by its youth and its dynamism. Its population is predicted to double from 1.2 billion by 2050. Africa’s 54 countries are incredibly diverse, whether from a linguistic, economic, or cultural perspective– from North to South, East, and West, Africa’s civil-society sector is vigorous. The Northeastern University Africa Global Initiative will mutually empower its African students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners.
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The African continent includes 54 countries with a predominantly young population, each with its own ambitious economic goals. Top universities, dynamic industries, and a vibrant entrepreneurship culture characterize many African countries. Northeastern’s excellence as a global and innovative R1 research university, coupled with its unique focus on experiential education, matches the vital African landscape and poises us for expanded and important engagement across key regions in Africa.
Making mRNA Vaccines in Africa:
A Conversation with Patrick Bergstedt, Senior Vice President, Moderna
Introduction by David Madigan
Provost, Northeastern University
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2022
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex
805 Columbus Avenue, Boston MA
In March, Moderna announced it will build a manufacturing facility in Kenya, its first in Africa, to produce messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, including COVID-19 shots. The pharmaceutical company will invest $500 million in the Kenyan facility, and supply as many as 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines to the continent each year.
Join Hazel Sive, dean of Northeastern’s College of Science and chair of the Africa Global Initiative, for a question and answer session with Patrick Bergstedt about positioning the continent to respond to future health crises, and how he envisions Moderna playing a role.
Following the lecture, guests are invited to attend a reception with a light dinner.
Northeastern’s First Africa Business Conference
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022
Northeastern’s inaugural Africa Business Conference was organized by the D’Amore-McKim School of Business’s Center for Emerging Markets.
From ehealth to urban logistics, food to fintech, e-commerce to sustainable grids and cybersecurity, Africa’s expanding economy holds the promise of rapid growth for tech startups and traditional companies alike, offering innovative solutions to global challenges. The conference offered members of our community—business leaders, students, researchers, and entrepreneurs—the opportunity to network and engage with inspiring changemakers in Africa through keynote speeches and panel discussions.
President Joseph E. Aoun
Amb Rama Yade and Pr Jonathan Esole
Dilip Pal and Pr Ravi Ramamurti
Florie Liser and Ayo Oyebanjo
Northeastern Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Madigan (front right) and Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi, vice chancellor of University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, sign a memorandum of understanding, while Barry Dwolatzky,...
Dean Hazel Sive
Chair of the Africa Global Initiative
“This collaborative effort will build strong, mutually beneficial connections between our wonderful university and outstanding African partners. Through the AGI, we will increase African student enrollment in Northeastern programs and leverage existing or new partnerships with academic institutions, alumni, and employers to promote research, educational, and experiential opportunities.
THE AFRICA GLOBAL INITIATIVE TEAM
Special Advisor to the Provost
Associate Director of Global Employer Relations
Associate Director – Recruitment and Marketing, International Enrollment Management