Crafting Strategy in the Face of Uncertainty

Speakers

Andy Zelleke, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Andy Zelleke is the MBA Class of 1962 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and a member of HBS’ General Management unit. He is presently the FIELD Global Immersion course head, a role in which he also served in 2015-16.  Dr. Zelleke has taught in the FIELD program since its inception in 2011.  He has led five previous FIELD Global Immersion cohorts, in Mumbai, Chennai, Beijing, Jakarta and Manila; and this May will be leading the first-ever FGI cohort bound for Kigali, Rwanda.  He has previously taught in HBS Executive Education programs on corporate governance/boards of directors. In Spring 2017 and 2018 at Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Zelleke taught a course he developed on comparative corporate governance; and in Spring 2019, he taught a module-length course in HKS’ Master’s in Public Policy core curriculum, titled “Conflict and Collaboration: Intra- and Inter-Group Dynamics.”

Prior to joining the HBS faculty in 2011, Dr. Zelleke was Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, teaching “Strategy, Structure and Leadership in Public Service Organizations” and “Introduction to Negotiation Analysis.”   He also served as Co-Director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership for two years, and taught negotiation, leadership and management in several Executive Education programs. Prior to joining the Kennedy School faculty, Dr. Zelleke taught negotiation in the MBA and undergraduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he also led the development of an executive education program for newly appointed members of public company boards of directors.  At both the Kennedy School and Wharton, Dr. Zelleke was recognized on multiple occasions for teaching distinction.

While at Wharton, Dr. Zelleke was Project Director and a Steering Committee member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Corporate Responsibility initiative, and coeditor of Restoring Trust in American Business (MIT Press, 2005).  His articles on corporate governance have appeared in Sloan Management ReviewHarvard Business ReviewDirectors & Boards, and Corporate Governance: An International Review.  His op-eds on topics in leadership, corporate governance and foreign affairs have appeared in the Wall Street JournalWashington PostInternational Herald Tribune, Boston GlobeChristian Science MonitorThe Diplomat, and ForeignPolicy.com.  Dr. Zelleke has given talks and facilitated discussions on these topics and on negotiation, at venues in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America; and he has served as a consultant to several leading law firms on corporate governance issues.

Formerly a practicing business lawyer, Dr. Zelleke received an A.B. in Government magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He also received an A.M. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.   Dr. Zelleke is a member of the State Bar of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations.  He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Dina Zelleke, and daughter, Zoe.

In 2016, Dr. Zelleke received the Greenhill Award for Outstanding Service to the Harvard Business School community.

Nolitha Fakude

Chair of the Management Board, South Africa for Anglo America

Nolitha Fakude was appointed Chair of the Management Board, South Africa for Anglo America on 1st September, 2019. Nolitha joined Sasol Limited in 2005, serving as an executive director on the board and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability until her decision to leave the company at the end of 2016. Nolitha served as Chairman of Sasol’s Sustainability, HR and Stakeholder Relations committees and was Chairman of the Sasol Mining Board. She is a trustee of the Women’s Development Bank and recently stepped down as Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings Limited. Nolitha has previously served as a non-executive director of Harmony Gold and Woolworths Holdings.

Ms Fakude holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and has completed the Harvard Business School Senior Executive Development Programme.

Acha Leke

Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office and Chairman of McKinsey’s Africa

Dr. Acha Leke is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office and Chairman of McKinsey’s Africa practice.  He started his career at McKinsey as a summer associate in South Africa. He rejoined the firm in Atlanta in 1999 and transferred back to Johannesburg in 2002 to help expand the firm’s activities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Acha relocated to Lagos in 2010 to open the newly established office in Nigeria and returned to South Africa in 2014. He leads the firm’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice in Africa and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council. Until December 2018, he led the firm’s Public Sector and Social Sector Practices in Africa and was also in charge of global recruiting for McKinsey worldwide.

Acha serves governments, multinational organizations, and private-sector institutions across Africa on issues of economic development, tax administration, growth strategies, holistic transformations, and investment decisions. He has worked across more than 20 African countries to date.

Prior to McKinsey, Acha worked as a part-time consultant on novel techniques to linearize high power amplifiers for wireless applications. He graduated undergrad from Georgia Institute of Technology as the first black valedictorian in the school’s history.

Acha is a cofounder and member of the Global Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy, a coeducational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He is also a cofounder of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of young African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the continent. Acha is an alumnus (2008) of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leaders program and has received numerous recognitions, including Africa’s Young Investment Professional of the year (Africa Investor, 2008), Top 40 Men under 40 in South Africa (DESTINY MAN, 2010), Top 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa (Forbes, 2011), 50 Most Influential Africans (Africa Report, 2012), Top 20 Next Generation Francophone Africans (Forbes, 2013), Top 40 under 40 in Nigeria (Business Day, 2013), Top 20 Rising Stars in Africa (Euromoney, 2014), and 100 Most Influential Africans (New African, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Acha served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion for two years, after having served for eight years on the Global Agenda Council for Africa. He is a member of ONE’s Africa policy advisory board, the Lagos Business School advisory board, and President Kagame’s African Union (AU) reform steering committee. Acha coauthored McKinsey’s highly acclaimed series of Lions on the Move reports and the recent book, Africa’s Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World’s Next Big Growth Market. He is regularly featured in various media (such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Economist, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal).

Acha is from Cameroon and is fluent in both English and French.

Funke Opeke

Founder and CEO of MainOne

Funke Opeke, is founder and CEO of MainOne. MainOne is West Africa’s leading Business-to-Business communications and network solutions provider that built the region’s first open-access submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Seixal, Portugal in 2010, a $240 million-dollar project that was completed in time and on budget. In January 2015, the company launched operations of MDXi – a $40 million investment resulting in West Africa’s largest Tier III data center which currently hosts major global and indigenous content. Since then, the company has partnered to deliver services in ten countries in the region including extending its submarine cable to Cameroon with Cameroon Telecoms, and to Ivory Coast and Senegal in partnership with the Orange Group. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Alliance for an Affordable Internet and recently chaired the Committee to develop Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 which was launched in March 2020. 

Funke is an experienced telecommunications executive who returned to Nigeria in 2005 as Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria after a twenty-year career in the United States. Prior to her return, she was Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division. She obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.

Rob Shuter

Group President and CEO of MTN

Rob Shuter is the Group president and CEO of MTN, a position he has held since March 2017. He has extensive experience in the African and European telecoms sectors as well as in retail and investment banking. Prior to joining MTN, Rob served as the CEO of the Vodafone Europe Cluster responsible for operations in 9 key European markets.

Rob is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 17 years banking and financial services experience, having served as Managing Director responsible for Retail Banking at Nedbank and Head of Investment Banking at Standard Bank.

Rob currently serves as a Commissioner on the United Nations broadband Commission for Sustainable development, as well as the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution where he chairs the Social and Economic impact workstream.

Rob is passionate about the role that the telecommunications industry through partnerships, can play in bridging the digital divide and advancing financial inclusion.

He is a strong believer in the importance of corporate culture and presented an MBA elective course on Strategy, Execution and Culture at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) business school. Rob is a previous recipient of the CRF South Africa
manager of the year award.