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Mar 7 - NBA Africa CEO Victor Williams on Basketball and Business Development Across Africa

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Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa, joins NYU Stern Prof. Sinziana Dorobantu for a fireside chat about basketball in Africa and the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s growth strategy in the region. As CEO of NBA Africa, Williams oversees the NBA's basketball and business development initiatives in Africa and is responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball and the NBA across the continent through grassroots development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, the growth of the Basketball Africa League (BAL), and more.

Prior to joining the NBA in August 2020, Williams served for five years as the Executive Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Africa Regions, for Standard Bank Group, where he oversaw the strategy, execution and financial performance for Standard Bank’s business with corporate, sovereign and institutional investor clients in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Williams has also served on the boards of publicly-listed companies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Nigeria, and Kenya.

Williams is a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and the U.S. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in applied math and economics from Brown University. He was named among the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2021 by New African Magazine.

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