The wind of freedom is blowing east!

Stanford University is formally launching its second SEED Transformation Program in Nairobi.The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is an initiative of the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business. The Kenyan SEED Center will be the second in the world, with the first having been built in 2013 in Accra, Ghana.

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Stanford SEED Center in Accra, Ghana.

This month, the first cohort, comprising promising business leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, will gather to begin the year long educational process. They will be taught by world renowned Stanford faculty. With the world class knowledge and experience they gain, SEED alumni are expected to drive their respective regions to greater prosperity.

Seed is not only aimed at supporting the business leaders, but also at creating a worldwide network of innovative minded individuals.

To represent Stanford SEED on the ground, MS. Patricia Ithau, former CEO of cosmetics conglomerate L’Oreal has been appointed as Regional Director. She is expected to bring her knowledge of the African business environment and wealth of experience to the role .

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