Pippa Tubman Armerding is a lawyer and business professional with 20 years of experience operating across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Throughout her career Pippa has worked in multi-cultural, global environments, providing sophisticated legal and strategic advice to multi-national clients. Pippa is passionate about Africa and drawn to opportunities which enable her to use her broad experience to contribute to the development of the continent and make a difference in the lives of its people
Pippa is currently Director of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Africa Research Office where she is the primary lead for HBS activities on the continent. In her role Pippa is focused on developing and strengthening relationships with business and academic leaders across sub-Saharan Africa, enabling HBS engagement and activities on the continent and supporting the deepening of HBS faculty understanding and exposure to African management issues, trends and practices, while also developing locally relevant case studies and materials for use in business education around the world.
Prior to joining HBS, Pippa was an independent legal & strategy consultant engaged in projects including those designed to empower and educate young Africans, particularly girls. She was also Legal & Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft South Africa where as chief legal officer and member of the leadership team she was responsible for all the company’s legal and corporate affairs matters.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Pippa held a number of leadership roles with The Coca-Cola Company across Africa. She was General Counsel for Coca-Cola East & Central Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya and Director of Pan-African Strategic Initiatives driving the acceleration of still beverages across the continent through exports. In this role, Pippa was also responsible for management of the Pan-Africa System Council of senior Company and Bottler leaders.
Before Coca-Cola, Pippa was an attorney with the corporate law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris where she represented U.S. and international corporations and financial institutions in cross-border securities, mergers & acquisitions and banking transactions and provided analysis and advice to clients on complex and novel aspects of international corporate law.
Pippa is admitted to the New York State bar. She received her J.D. in international law from New York University School of Law and a B.A. cum laude from Harvard University.
She is married and the mother of two daughters.