Prospective Students


 Is an MBA the right decision for me? What is HBS like? How is the case method? What is the culture like and will I fit in? How should I approach the essay writing section of my application? If these are a few of the questions you are asking yourself, then Prospective Students' Day at this year’s Africa Business Conference is a great resource for advice and guidance.

The day will include a panel with current students and an information session with HBS Admissions. We have also planned a case method class experience for all prospective students! Whether you have or have not already observed the case method through class visits, this is your chance to discuss an actual case taught one of our amazing HBS faculty, Professor Anywhere Sikochi. You do not want to miss this! Electronic copies of the cases will be made available to eligible participants before the conference. The HBS case is meant to be orchestrated by the Professor, and to be driven by the "students". It is therefore necessary for all participant to read the case and prepare before class, after all you ANYONE may get a "cold call".

To sign-up for the Prospective Student's day, please indicate interest on the registration form, or send us an email to if you have already registered! 



*Location: Cumnock 102*

1:00pm – 1:30pm       Current Students Q&A Panel

1:40pm – 2:10pm      HBS Admissions presentation/Q&A

2:15pm – 2:30pm      HKS Admissions presentation

2:30pm – 2:45pm      Networking break

2:45pm – 3:45pm      Mock Case Discussion

Anywhere Siko, Professor, Harvard Business School


Anywhere (Siko) Sikochi is an assistant professor in the Accounting and Management unit, where he teaches the Financial Reporting and Control course in the MBA required curriculum. His research is directed at information disclosure, debt contracting, and credit risks associated with firm operations and organizational forms.

 Professor Sikochi earned his PhD in business administration at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, where he taught financial accounting in the Executive MBA program. He previously received an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Before his graduate studies, Professor Sikochi worked at a branch of FTI Consulting and at Charles River Associates.

A native of Zimbabwe, Professor Sikochi came to the United States to attend Middlebury College, graduating with majors in economics and Russian. He is active in the EducationUSA United States Student Achievers Program, which helped him prepare for U.S. higher education. He is also engaged in the PhD Project, an organization with a mission to increase the diversity of U.S. business school faculty. He and his wife are parents of two daughters.

VIP Case Study

Welcome to Harvard Business School. The HBS “case study method” is known around the globe, and HBS cases are used in every business school in the world.    This is a highly interactive participant-centered method for learning.   For HBS alums, welcome back; for our new guests, we hope this sample of the HBS experience will be a treat.  

For this class, the material is “Ethiopia’s Industrial Parks Strategy.”  The decision at the core of the case is around whether the new park in Adama, in Oromia, should be dedicated to garment processing or whether the government can accelerate Ethiopia’s ambitions to move up the value added ladder by seeding a light metals/ light manufacturing industrial park.   This conversation leads to discussion of the Development State model, and to examination of other national strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.    Please read the material in advance, please be in your seats ready to start on time, and please be ready to contribute!   

John Macomber, Professor, Harvard Business School

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John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School.   His work focuses on the private finance and delivery of developing country public infrastructure projects. These include transportation, renewable energy, water/sanitation, and real estate investments that speed economic development, reduce environmental impacts (notably air and water pollution) and facilitate individual opportunity.  His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public private partnerships), economic development, and urban planning as well as the impact of technologies like ubiquitous sensors, internet of things, mobile money, big data and analytics, improved filtration, and autonomous vehicles.   Mr. Macomber is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Center for African Studies.  Before joining the HBS faculty he was a principal in real estate and construction firms. Prof. Macomber teaches in the HBS Finance Unit.  He leads the popular elective “Immersive Field Course: Africa: Building Cities” and he is faculty chair of the HBS Africa Research Center.