Begoña Gómez, the wife of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has left the Directorate of the IE Africa Center this year to face a new professional stage, informed sources from the institution.

In this way, Gómez, a Marketing graduate from ESIC and an expert in fundraising and fundraising for non-profit organizations (NPOs), leaves the project a few months before completing four years at the helm, since the Instituto de Empresa He signed her in August 2018, shortly after Sánchez arrived at Moncloa.

According to the newspaper El Confidencial, Gómez’s departure from IE coincides with the launch of a new master’s degree with the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) on “Competitive Social Transformation: SDGs as a strategy”, which will be launched in February 2023 with Sánchez’s wife as co-director, together with José Manuel Ruano de la Fuente, director of other programs such as Government and Public Administration.

Following the mark of Begoña Gómez, IE University has appointed Eniola Harrison as director of the Africa Center. Until now the center’s ‘Head of Programs and Partnerships’, Harrison is an expert committed to transforming Africa through her experience in the region and strategic communication. She is the founder of HdH Consulting

The IE Africa Center, chaired by Felicia Appenteng, was created in 2018 with the aim of promoting innovation, executive leadership, entrepreneurship and the development of social action projects on the African continent.

The academic institution has been working for 15 years in the development of training and social impact programs on the African continent, in countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa or Nigeria. The institution has delegations in Lagos and Johannesburg, and has international agreements with institutions such as the universities of Cape Town, Pretoria, Ashesi, Université International de Rabat or American University in Cairo.

IE University seeks to promote international talent and has different scholarship programs for students in Africa. Among them is the ‘Kistefos Young Talented Leaders Scholarship’, an initiative of the IE Foundation financed by the Norwegian company Kistefos AS that facilitates access to education for bright students from Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa and Norway, regardless of their economic situation.

Annually, IE University organizes more than 60 events and conferences to promote networking, promote business development and discuss the main challenges in the region.

IE University students are key in promoting projects on the African continent. As an example, the IE Foundation has been supporting the Financiers Without Borders program for almost a decade, a project in which Masters in Finance students and professors promote financial inclusion and microfinance initiatives in Ghana. More than 300 students have worked in this program since its inception.

Students are also involved in social impact programs in South Africa and support a design and technology program targeting small-town women in Ethiopia.

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