Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

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In Conversation with Sergei Guriev: Spin Dictators and Rising Tensions with Russia

We are delighted to welcome Sergei Guriev, Provost of Sciences Po and Professor of Economics, for a fireside chat with Elias Papaioannou, LBS Professor of Economics and Co-Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. Together they will discuss the current conflict in Ukraine, the political environment and economy in Russia and wider impact of the conflict in Europe, developing…

I-Venture @ ISB London Conference 2022: Building the India-UK Startup Corridor

I-Venture @ISB with the support of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School hosted last week’s London Conference 2022: Building the India-UK Startup Corridor, aimed at fostering collaboration between two leading startup ecosystems – India and the UK. The conference brought together founding teams and key members of the ecosystems in…

Highlighting research for impact

The Wheeler Institute has launched a micro website under the banner ‘Business research for impact’. Spanning every urgent social issue from climate change to political economy and gender discrimination to global conflict, the new microsite brings together the Institute’s research into emerging markets and developing nations, with a mini library that enables rapid access to information by key theme, location, affiliated researchers and external collaborators. 

How to Fund Sustainable Growth in Africa with Bill Winters, CEO of Standard Chartered

A recent event of the Royal African Society (RAS) and Standard Chartered saw Bill Winters, CEO of Standard Chartered, in conversation with Arunma Oteh, OON, Chair of the RAS, about how to fund sustainable growth in Africa. The event was supported by the Wheeler Institute and the LBS Africa Club. Africa’s massive financing gap The…

COP15: Challenges and Opportunities in Mobilising the Private Sector

This event has now passed. A write-up will be available on our blog soon. A London Business School webinar part of the Business Schools for Climate Leadership initiative. Date and time: Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 13:00 BST To book your place, please register below. Scientific evidence shows that climate change is unequivocally caused by human…

Challenging our WEIRD perspective on African development

African History through the Lens of Economics, an innovative, open-access, online course which attracted over 27,000 people from across the world, explored how history has shaped and continues to influence domestic policies and economic development in Africa. A reflective essay by David Jones, MBA 2022 graduate from London Business School and intern at the Wheeler…

Mapping the SMME Ecosystem in informal markets: Learnings from Alexandra

Our previous post on informal entrepreneurship in Alexandra focused on the typical challenges encountered by mainly informal entrepreneurs and microbusiness owners. This second post will focus on the supporting entrepreneurial ecosystem: Who are the key role players, and what kind of support is available to a typical entrepreneur in Alex? Does this ecosystem provide what…