Rebecca Harrison is CEO and Co-founder of the African Management Initiative (AMI), a social enterprise that is pioneering scalable skills development for African managers, entrepreneurs and young professionals. AMI has developed Africa’s first online social learning platform, and combines courses from Africa’s top business schools with online coaching, peer accountability and in-person workshops. Under Harrison’s leadership, AMI has reached over 12,000 individauls in 25 countries in 12 months, and a growing portfolio of organisations. It has been featured by international media including CNN Marketplace Africa, Financial Times and Euronews, and was the only African finalist in the 2014 Wharton global Reimagine prize for innovation in higher education. AMI has secured $1 million in funding from African and international impact investors and foundations.
Previously, Harrison spent 9 years as a foreign correspondent and manager for Reuters News Agency, where she led business coverage in Africa and reported on politics, markets and development from 13 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She completed her MBA (cum laude) in Entrepreneurship at South Africa’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, where she graduated first in her class and was awarded a Kellogg Foundation grant to conduct research into innovation in low-income markets. She is British and splits her time between Kenya and the UK, where she lives with her husband and 4 year old son.