News & Updates
Check out this non-exhaustive list of news and appearances by Grant Harris of Harris Africa Partners. Check back regularly for updates. For media requests, speaking opportunities, and additional information, contact email@example.com.
UPDATE: Harris Moderates Discussion on U.S.-Africa Policy with Congressmember Karen Bass
Harris moderated a conversation with Congressmember Karen Bass on U.S.-Africa policy that included discussion of U.S. investment in the region, China’s deepening ties with African states, and countering terrorism and violent extremism. A video of the session, sponsored by the Pacific Council, is available here. Congressmember Bass represents the 37th Congressional District and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa.
UPDATE: Harris Quoted in New York Times
Harris was quoted by the New York Times in an article on U.S.-Africa trade. The article is available here.
Boards and Councils
President Obama Appoints Harris to Serve on United States Holocaust Memorial Council
See the White House Press Release announcing President Obama’s intent to appoint Grant Harris to serve as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which was established by Congress and serves as the governing board of trustees of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Additional background on the Council is available here.
Harris Joins Board of the Africa Finance Corporation
AFC is an international multilateral finance institution with a current balance sheet size of approximately $3.2 billion. AFC was created to catalyze private sector infrastructure investment across Africa and is now the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution on the continent. AFC invests in high quality infrastructure assets, particularly in the power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications sectors.
Visit the AFC website: http://www.africafc.org/
Harris Appointed to Global Advisory Council of World Learning Inc.
World Learning Inc. is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in over 100 countries, with a mission to “empower people and strengthen institutions through education, sustainable development, and exchange programs.” Learn more at: http://www.worldlearninginc.org/who-we-are/bios/grant-harris/
See the White House Press Announcement nominating Grant Harris to serve on the Board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, an “independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence.”
Harris Op-Ed in Foreign Policy: “The U.S. Needs Real Diplomacy to Counter North Korea in Africa”
See Grant Harris’ op-ed describing how weak U.S. relationships in Africa will provide a backdoor to allow North Korea to evade international sanctions. The full text is available here.
Harris Op-Ed in U.S. News & World Report: “Ignoring Africa Endangers America”
See Grant Harris’ op-ed about how U.S. engagement in Africa is needed to protect Americans from transnational threats, advance U.S. global leadership, and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness. The full text is available here.
Harris Op-Ed in Forbes: “By Ignoring Africa, U.S. Cedes Jobs To China”
Read the full text of Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “By Ignoring Africa, U.S. Cedes Jobs To China” in Forbes, available here.
Harris Op-Ed Published in The Hill
See Grant Harris’ op-ed, “Where Trump Fails on US-Africa Policy, Congress Must Step In,” in The Hill, available here.
Harris Op-Ed Published by HuffPost SA
See Grant Harris’ op-ed about the need to provide skills and opportunities to Africa’s youth, “Will African Leaders Allow Youth To Make The World A Better Place?” available here. The op-ed was also published in allAfrica.com, available here.
Harris Releases Comprehensive Report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security”
Harris released a report on how sub-Saharan Africa directly affects U.S. national interests with respect to combating transnational threats; advancing America’s economic competitiveness; and pursuing a global agenda that furthers U.S. national security. The report, sponsored by the Atlantic Council, was featured at events around the United States as well as at a summit in Turkey. View a copy of the report here.
Harris Op-Ed in Forbes: “Obama Stakes His Africa Legacy On Economic Growth”
Read the full text of Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “Obama Stakes His Africa Legacy On Economic Growth” in Forbes, available here.
Harris Op-Ed in Forbes on U.S. Investors Missing Out on Africa’s Growth
See Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “U.S. Investors Are Missing Out On Africa’s Economic Growth” in Forbes, available here.
Harris Featured in Pouvoirs d’Afrique
Harris’ Atlantic Council report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security” was featured in Pouvoirs d’Afrique, a quarterly magazine that is a media partner of the Wall Street Journal. Request a copy of “Pourquoi l’Afrique est importante pour la sécurité américaine” or learn more about Pouvoirs d’Afrique here.
Harris Featured in IGD Campaign to Increase U.S. Investment in Africa
See Grant Harris’ article, featured as part of the Initiative for Global Development’s “Africa Investment Rising” Campaign, available here. The blog, entitled “It’s Time for U.S. Companies to See Africa as an Investment Destination,” was also published by allAfrica.com.
Wilson Center “Year in Review” Features Harris’ Thoughts on Africa’s Tech Entrepreneurs
The Wilson Center’s “Africa: Year in Review 2016” draws on various contributors to describe some of the most exciting and impactful developments in Africa in 2016. In it, Grant Harris describes Africa’s rising tech entrepreneurs. The publication is available here.
Harris published in Cipher Brief
See Grant Harris’ blog, “A Legacy in the Making: Obama’s Approach to Security Sector Assistance,” in the Cipher Brief, December 2016, available here.
Harris published in Horizons journal
See Grant Harris’ recent essay, “The Imperative of African Leadership: Fulfilling the Continent’s Massive Potential,” in Horizons, the Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development, Winter 2016, available here.
Recent Speaking Events
Harris Speaks on Defense Policy in Africa at the U.S. Air Force Academy
Harris discussed how Africa fits into the future of American defense policy as a panelist at the 59th Academy Assembly, organized by the United States Air Force Academy and Columbia University’s American Assembly. Additional background is available here.
Harris Speaks on the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa
Harris joined a panel with General David Rodriguez, Commander (ret.), U.S. Africa Command and Amanda Dory, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs to discuss the U.S. military’s mission in Africa. The panel was sponsored by the Pacific Council, and an audio recording is available here.
Harris Moderates Discussion on Private Sector Investment in the Congo
Harris moderated a discussion with Kelly Goodejohn, Director of Ethical Sourcing at Starbucks, on investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The event was sponsored by the Eastern Congo Initiative and took place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Washington Post’s Karen Attiah Interviews Harris on U.S.-Africa Policy on Facebook Live
Attiah interviewed Harris on Facebook Live regarding his report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security.” The interview is available here.
Harris Releases Report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security” at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC
Harris delivered keynote remarks and participated in a discussion moderated by Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor at the Washington Post, to roll out his comprehensive report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security.” Harris’ report, available here, details the many ways in which Africa is important to U.S. national interests with respect to combating transnational threats; advancing America’s economic competitiveness; and pursuing a global agenda that furthers U.S. national security.
Harris Speaks on Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in Nigeria
Harris was a panelist discussing renewable energy projects in Africa at the Africa Finance Corporation’s “AFC Live” Summit, Africa’s premier infrastructure conference, in Abuja, Nigeria. More information is available here.
Harris Speaks About Key Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business
Harris discussed key and emerging economic, political, and security trends in Africa at Stanford in May 2017. Harris was hosted by Seed, the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (learn more here).
Harris Speaks on Investing in Africa at the Atlantic Council Summit in Turkey
Harris speaks on a panel about “Developing Africa: Investment Strategies, Challenges, and Opportunities” at the Atlantic Council’s Istanbul Summit 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Learn more here.
Harris Serves as Rapporteur of the Technology Working Group
Harris Serves as Rapporteur of the Technology Working Group at the Ditchley Foundation’s conference on investment in Africa. Find out more here.
Harris Addresses African Diplomatic Corps in Washington, DC
Grant Harris was invited by the African diplomatic corps (i.e., the body of African diplomats accredited to the United States) for a private discussion on trade and investment issues and the future prospects for U.S.-Africa relations.
Harris Discusses the Outlook for Business and Investment in Africa at the Elliott School of International Affairs
Grant Harris was interviewed by Dean Reuben Brigety of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in November 2016. The conversation covered key trends, challenges, and opportunities with respect to investing in Africa.
Grant Harris spoke on a panel exploring Africa’s economic growth, including the prospects for increased U.S. trade and investment. Learn more here.
Harris Attends U.S.-Africa Business Forum
Grant Harris attended the second U.S.-Africa Business Forum (USABF), a signature event under the Doing Business in Africa Campaign that he launched while serving at the White House. The USABF was co-hosted by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Learn more here.
Check out the highlights and audio recording of a recent panel featuring Grant Harris discussing the political and economic situation in South Africa, available here.
Panelist on “Public & Private Opportunity: Role of Renewable & Off-Grid Electrification” at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium, held in Silicon Valley, January 2016
Moderator of panel on “Bankable Projects in the Tourism Sector in Rwanda” at the Global African Investment Summit, held in London, December 2015
Moderator of panel on “Bankable Projects in the Energy Sector in Benin” at the Global African Investment Summit, held in London, December 2015
Panelist on “Africa in Transition” at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Summit, in Washington, DC, October 2015
Previous White House Press Releases and Blogs
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