The first HEC Paris degree program run in partnership with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Executive Master

MSc in Geopolitics and Geo-Economics of Emerging Africa

Shape international business development and invest in Africa  

From a global perspective, the African continent represents a particularly rich and vibrant source of potential growth. However, companies’ international business development initiatives must be weighed, measured, and anticipated in light of the current geopolitical climate and must incorporate a strong ability to anticipate international risks and manage them effectively.  


This program, dedicated to the geopolitics and the geo-economics of the African continent, will allow managers, leaders and company directors to shape their international business development based on an understanding of this fundamental strategic information.  






The aim of the program is to enable you to:

Understand the major geopolitical and geo-economical trends and challenges within the African continent

Acquire a forward-looking perspective of the continent, its interrelationships with the world and its development 

Thoroughly understand and anticipate “real risks” in conflict zones 

Make sound decisions before expanding into new regions and form lasting “political and economic” partnerships on the continent

Academic Director(s)

Pascal Chaigneau

Adjunct professor, HEC Paris, Academic director of the MSc GEOPOLITICS AND GEO-ECONOMICS OF EMERGING AFRICA



Program content

Composed of two Executive Certificates, each of which includes 2 modules

Modules 1 & 2

Geopolitics and understanding the African and international context

• Geopolitics and international risks
• Geopolitical relations between the Maghreb and Africa
• Seminar on “The changing geopolitical climate in Africa”
Modules 3 & 4

Assessing and managing risk in Africa

• Risk analysis and forecasting
• Corporate risk management and strategy
• Country risk analysis and approach to risk management in Africa
• Understanding the “African risk”
Modules 5 & 6

Economic policy and development in Africa

• Globalization and the South: new South-South cooperation strategies
• International economic and social dynamics
• What are the development strategies for Africa?
Modules 7 & 8

Emerging strategies for Africa

• Funding innovations in Africa
• Regional integration and development
• Seminar on “Development in Africa”
• Seminar on “The emerging economy in Africa”
Module 9  

Thesis defense

Find out more from the brochure

The program is aimed at:
International Directors,
Business Development Directors and Strategy Directors,
Heads of start-ups or business units,
Members of executive committees, board members and high-ranking officials in public organizations. 

Next sessions

  • Intake
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For further information, please contact :

Odile Caballero

strategic project director


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