January 12, 2015. On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 Mrs. Karine Gbaguidi Kérékou gave a presentation on best practices when looking for a job as part of ASE's Professional Seminar Series. Born in France, Mrs. Gbaguidi has also lived in many other countries like Belgium, Benin, and in Ivory Coast, while having different jobs. According to her presentation, from 1998 until nowadays, her main interest has always been her job. She shared with ASE students some of her many annecdotes and experiences regarding her professional life. As an example, she noted that in 1998, she along with her sister and her mother opened in France a restaurant called “Restaurant d’ici et d’ailleurs” where customers could have easy access to African dishes. In that same year, she was selling body lotions for people of different race and colors. Her business flourished so well that with the help of her website (www.diouda.fr), she was able to have many customers who could easily place their orders online. In 1999, she switched to the advertising of many products in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). This allowed her to create PLURI, her first logo followed by CORICOM and then SAPHIR COM.

But listening to her talking may give the impression that everything went well in her quest for a professional occupation. That was not the case as she had to face so many challenges before getting a job. Many positions she applied to, required that she held a higher academic degree while others implied collateral difficulties. She also mentioned that being a woman, some employers even tried without success to take advantage of her. She ended her presentation making emphasis on how coping with cultural differences in different countries brought additional stress to her life.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session by the students, who wanted to know more about the challenges Mrs. Gbaguidi had to face in order to succeed in her professional life. “As our school is at its beginnings, and we want it to be known, what advise can you give us to make it more famous? “ asked one student. To this question, Mrs. Gbaguidi replied that students were the ambassadors of the School and that they should not wait for others to promote it. “Others will only do it from your example” she added.  The Seminar concluded with a final advise to students: "enjoy working with passion, and never be discouraged by challenges".



January 8, 2015. We are excited to welcome Nadia Adisso to ASE as our new Director of Finance and Administration. Most recently, Nadia worked for Africa Capital as its Accounting and Finance Manager for more than 6 years. Prior to that, she was a Finance Manager at Pegaz Industrie.

Born in Benin, Nadia holds a Masters degree in Banking and Markets’ Finance from Ecole Nationale d’Economie Appliquée (ENEAM).

Prof. Leonard Wantchekon receives the Kwabo Award


January 5, 2015. Professor Leonard Wantchékon received on Friday, December 19, 2014, the Kwabo Award of Excellence and Merit for the Beninese Diaspora. The gala and award was presented by the NGO “Vies et Valeurs” (Lives and Values) under the patronage of the Benin Ministry for Foreign Affairs and African Integration.

The evening gala distinguished five awardees: Professor Leonard Wantchékon, Cornellia Adjibi (artist, singer, and music teacher residing in France), Dr. Paul Tossa (toxicologist, researcher in epidemiology and public health at EDF in France), Conseil des Béninois de France and the IFE Foundation, founded by Rufin Zomahoun.

According to Yves Agbannon, President of “Vies et Valeurs”, these men and women have particularly marked their country through their actions in their host community. Agbannon added that the Jury, formed by diplomats and prominent personalities, had been very busy this year due to the high merits of the candidates. Professor Wantchekon was nominated both for launching ASE and his election as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As a prelude to the gala, “Vies et Valeurs” organized several workshops, conferences and debates on development issues, migration and youth employment; the events took place on December 18 and 19 at Place des Martyrs in Cotonou. Among the exhibitors, the IFE Foundation; Campus France; Cabinet ADRC (leader in management of grassroots development projects); DAAD (German service education); the African School of Economics; Access Canada and Allianz Insurance. These activities, according to Yves G. Agbannon, aimed at showcasing the works of Beninese who live beyond our borders.


Group picture of the organizers and the awardees


December 18, 2014. At ASE we believe that there is no better way to learn about our programs than through our current students. Our students share a record of achievement, strong leadership, and the ability to work in teams. Browse their profiles to learn more about our MBA and MMES programs.

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December 12, 2014. Dr. Markus Olapade will join ASE as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He will start teaching in September 2015, in the meantime he will hold a Post-Doctoral Research position at the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP) from January 2015 until August 31.

Dr. Olapade obtained his Ph. D. in 2013 from University of Mannheim (Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences) with a dissertation entitled “Essays in Impact Evaluation for Development”. He also holds a Research Master in Quantitative Economics (specialisation in econometrics) by University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris School of Economics). His B.A. degree is in Economics by Georgia-Augusta University Gottingen.

Prior to coming to ASE, Dr. Olapade worked as an Impact Evaluation Specialist at International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in New Delhi, India (2012 - 2014). He has also worked as Statistical Consultant for OECD in Paris (2007) and interned at The Globalist (Washington D.C.) as Economic Researcher.