the tradition of the Wharton School, WASA alumni occupy leadership
positions globally. From advising heads of governments to establishing
entrepreneurial ventures based in or focused on the continent,
WASA alumni continue to use their skills and leadership positions
in the interests of Africa or people of African descent. A stated
objective of WASA is to create a strong network comprising alumni,
current students, African business leaders and those organizations
with a strong interest in Africa’s economic future. In light
of this objective, WASA is implementing a number of initiatives:
- Student Buddy Program
This year, WASA is reaching out to alumni to work with current students
in identifying career opportunities. The buddy program will be launched
in the fall of 2004 and will present participating alumni with continued
relationship with the school and WASA. It is our hope that buddies will
maintain a relationship even after graduation, and serve as a link between
generations of WASA alumni.
As a first step towards achieving this objective, WASA is working to establish
an up-to-date alumni database – a tool that will be invaluable to
both alumni and current students alike. If you are a Wharton alumnus of
African origin or who has a strong interest in Africa, please take the
time to add or update your details by e-mailing WASA Alumni Chairperson,
Alfred Kibe at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also set up an alumni list server. To subscribe to the list server
please send an e-mail to email@example.com
Alumni Advisory Board
In order to facilitate continued exchange between alumni and current
students, WASA has established the WASA Alumni Advisory Board (WAAB).
The Advisory Board will ensure WASA’s continued relevance to
alumni while maintaining WASA’s strength after each generation
In 2003, WASA presented its first ever Distinguished Alumni Award to
Mr. Papa Madiaw Ndiaye WG’92.
Award was established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments
of our WASA Alumni in their respective endeavors and to build a stronger
bond between WASA Alumni and current students. The recipient of the
Award serves as a role model for Wharton African students by achieving
professional excellence and demonstrating a long-standing commitment
to the development of business opportunities within the African community
either in Africa or abroad. He/she also acts as a mentor to generations
of Wharton MBAs and future African business leaders.
graduate of both the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the
University of Pennsylvania, Papa pioneered a number of events during
his time here. Most notably, he organized the first ever Africa Trek
and was part of the team that initiated what would later become, the
Wharton Africa Business Forum. Since leaving Wharton, Papa has demonstrated
an unwavering commitment to the development of business in Africa both
in a personal and professional capacity. While at JP Morgan, he launched
the firm's trading activities in Africa and his focus on Africa continued
at the International Finance Corporation where he held senior responsibilities
for IFC’s capital market investments in West and Central Africa.
In his personal capacity, Papa serves as Special Advisor for Economic
and Financial Affairs to the President of the Republic of Senegal and
is Chairman of the Senegalese Presidential Economic & Financial
Advisory Council. As a Director, at the Emerging Markets Partnership
AIG Africa Infrastructure Fund, Papa continues to be a proponent for
Africa’s economic development.
he graduated more than 10 years ago, Papa continues to be an invaluable
resource to the current student body. We are privileged to have him
within our ranks and we thank him for his contribution.