07 May 2018
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What I Learned from Visiting All 54 African Countries

Author and explorer Francis Tapon (MBA 1997) on finding the “unseen Africa” and other reflections from his five-year journey through the continent

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Francis Tapon (MBA 1997) was off to a bright tech career after HBS, working at a Silicon Valley startup before stints at Hitachi and Microsoft. But his penchant for travel became irrepressible, and he left the corporate world to pursue that passion full-time. His long list of travels include hiking the Appalachian Trail, walking from Mexico to Canada and back on the Continental Divide Trail and completing two three-year tours of all 25 Eastern European Countries. We caught up with him as he was wrapping up perhaps his most ambitious project: A five-year tour of Africa, which included visits to all 54 countries on the continent.

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