John Kufuor, former president of Ghana (2001-2009), will deliver a special lecture on Monday on entrepreneurship, government and development in Africa as part of the Legatum Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, the series aims to expose the broader MIT and Cambridge communities to entrepreneurship in emerging markets and for-profit solutions to development challenges.
Under President Kufuor's leadership, Ghana experienced its first peaceful democratic transition and made important advances in modernizing agriculture, improving infrastructure and increasing Ghana's attractiveness for foreign direct investment. Kufuor's policy initiatives focused particularly on leveraging indigenous capital by encouraging entrepreneurship, promoting good governance, and combating corruption.
Kufuor, who is also a former chairperson of the African Union (2007-2008), is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.
Please join us in welcoming President Kufuor at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21, in 34-101. Seating will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.