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Speaker Series with Hakeem Belo-Osagie

Nigerian entrepreneur Hakeem Belo-Osagie discussed the business environment in Africa.

The Series features talks by distinguished scholars and policymakers with the goal of fostering discussions about successes and challenges in the field of poverty alleviation.

Event Details:

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT


Gunn SIEPR Building


This event is open to:

General Public
work, Entrepreneurship, and finance

On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the Stanford King Center on Global Development hosted a Speaker Series with Hakeem Belo-Osagie about the nuances of doing business in Africa, a continent that shows tremendous promise. What is its reality? And what is its future? Our speaker also commented on the impact of globalization on Africa's business, economic, and political future in the current context of the war in Ukraine and tension in China-US relations.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Registration check-in & reception
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Fireside chat with Hakeem Belo-Osagie, moderated by Katherine Casey


About the Speaker:

Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

hakeem belo osagie

Hakeem Belo-Osagie is a Nigerian entrepreneur with a track record of leading and backing highly successful private investments in various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Belo-Osagie’s experience ranges widely, including working in the President's office in Nigeria, working as a consultant in oil and gas for several international American and Japanese companies, and founding a securities trading company and staging the first hostile takeover of a major bank in Nigeria.

He is the chairman of the board of FSDH Holding Company Ltd., which includes among its holdings a merchant bank, an asset management company, a pension fund administration company and a securities trading company. Belo-Osagie was appointed an Expert Global Advisor and member of the International Advisory Group of Equinor, the Norwegian energy company previously known as Statoil. He chairs the Board of Chocolate City Group, a leading entertainment conglomerate in Nigeria, and is also the main stakeholder in and chair of the board of Duval Properties Ltd, a real estate company engaged in a mixed use development in Abuja, Nigeria.

Belo-Osagie is a member of both the Global Board of Advisors for the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institute. He is also a member of the Global Advisory Council at Harvard University, the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. He is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Belo-Osagie holds an international baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic (UWC) and has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, a law degree from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About the Moderator:

Katherine Casey, Faculty Affiliate at the King Center on Global Development

Katherine Casey

Katherine Casey is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research explores the interactions between economic and political forces in developing countries, with particular interest in the role of information in enhancing political accountability and the influence of foreign aid on economic development. Her work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others. She teaches a course in the MBA program focused on firm strategy vis a vis government in emerging markets.

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