INSEAD Olam International MBA Scholarships for Change Catalysts in African Markets


Olam International is a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 65 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 13,800 customers worldwide. The team of 23,000 employees has built a leadership position in many businesses including cocoa, coffee, cashew, rice and cotton. Although listed in Singapore, Olam’s roots lie in Africa where the company first began trading cashews in Nigeria 25 years ago. Today Olam has operations in 24 countries on the continent right along the agri-supply chain. This includes sourcing from smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, a 10,000 hectare rice farm in Nigeria, palm and rubber plantations in Gabon, coffee plantations in Zambia and Tanzania, wheat milling in Senegal and packaged foods business in West and South Africa.
Olam is committed to growing responsibly and company’s ambition is to have end to end sustainable supply chains by 2020. To achieve this however Olam needs to address some of the challenges facing the next generation, such as food, water and energy security, the impact of climate change, sustainable and inclusive growth, and good governance.
To this end Olam recognises the need to foster leadership and governance in Sub Saharan Africa by supporting aspiring and capable students to pursue higher education at international centres of excellence. Through the INSEAD MBA scholarship and Olam mentoring, we hope to play our part in developing the necessary skills and knowledge in a highly talented select group of change agents. They in turn will then have the opportunity to contribute towards economic transformation and catalyse change in their community.
Two scholarships will be awarded per year and candidates for this scholarship will need to demonstrate: (a) academic achievement and promise (b) teamwork as well as personal ownership to deliver (c) leadership potential and entrepreneurial spirit (d) a commitment to contributing to their country or region at the end of the course.


The INSEAD Olam International MBA Scholarships for Change Catalysts in African Markets will be open to meritorious candidates who are nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of their current country of residence, but who are committed to working in their home country or region. Only candidates admitted to INSEAD’s full-time MBA programme will be considered.

Essay topic :

No essay required.

Amount of Award:

73 000 EUR

Application Format:

Submit your application on line through the INSEAD Africa Scholarship Group.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

July 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 22 October 2018
Deadline: 5 November 2018
Round 2:
Applications Open: 17 December 2018
Deadline: 4 January 2019

December 2020 Class:
Round 1:
Applications Open: 25 March 2019
Deadline: 8 April 2019
Round 2:
Applications Open: 20 May 2019
Deadline: 3 June 2019

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