Africa Office

Harvard University Center for African Studies staff operate in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The Harvard University Center for African Studies established Harvard’s first multidisciplinary, interfaculty research office in Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa in May 2017. The Africa Office serves as the locus for alumni outreach across the continent; support the work of Harvard faculty and students; and convenes conversations, discussions, celebrations, and conferences on the most important questions facing Africa and the international community today.

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The Africa Office focuses on engaging with the following African countries:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

The Africa Office programming includes:

  • Alumni Engagement
  • Faculty and Student Engagement
  • Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program 
  • Events and Conferences curated by Harvard faculty, fellows, and students
  • Endowed Lecture Series:
    • Folorunso Alakija Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life in Africa
    • Joseph S. Agyepong Distinguished  Lecture on Public Health in Africa
    • Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa
  • Africa Advisory Board and Leadership Council Meetings

Harvard Community Engagement:

  • Be our guest….CAS Africa can provide short-term office space and a venue for Harvard faculty visiting South Africa
  • Share your work….CAS can co-host a dialogue, roundtable, or panel featuring Harvard research at the Africa Office or in concert with partners in other African countries
  • Engage with us...CAS hosts annual international conferences, workshops, and seminars at the Africa Office

Office Space:

The Africa Office includes office space, a conference room, and a reception area that is ideal for working, research, meetings, collaboration, and events such as dialogues, roundtable discussions, or panels.

Art work: Guns & Rain collaborates with the Harvard University Center for African Studies Africa Office, to furnish our Africa Office in Johannesburg with a striking and thought-provoking selection of work by our artists, including Nicola Brandt, Bev Butkow, Ann Gollifer, Asanda Kupa, and Jo Rogge, amongst others. 


Nthatisi Quella, Office Director at the Africa Office:




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