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 info@harrisafricapartners.com.

UPDATE: Harris Op-Ed in Forbes: “By Ignoring Africa, U.S. Cedes Jobs To China”

Harris Op-Ed in ForbesRead the full text of Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “By Ignoring Africa, U.S. Cedes Jobs To China” in Forbes, available here.

UPDATE: Harris Releases Report on "Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security" at the Atlantic Council


Harris released a comprehensive report on how sub-Saharan Africa directly affects U.S. national interests at an event at the Atlantic Council. View a copy of the report here.

UPDATE: Washington Post’s Karen Attiah Interviews Harris on U.S.-Africa Policy

Attiah interviewed Harris on Facebook Live regarding his newly released report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security.” The interview 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
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afclogo 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/


President Obama Nominates Harris to Serve on Board of Directors of U.S. Institute of Peace

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.”

Recent Publications

Harris Op-Ed Published in The Hill
Harris Op-Ed Published in The HillSee 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
Harris Op-Ed Published by HuffPost SASee 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 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
man-ladderSee 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
pouvoirs-d-afriqueHarris’ 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
Harris Featured in IGD Campaign to Increase U.S. Investment in AfricaSee 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
Wilson CenterThe 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
Harris published in Cipher BriefSee 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
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 Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in Nigeria

Harris Speaks on Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in NigeriaHarris Speaks on Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in NigeriaHarris 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 Investing in Africa at the Atlantic Council Summit in TurkeyHarris 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 GroupHarris 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
Harris Addresses African Diplomatic Corps in Washington, DCGrant 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
Harris Discusses the Outlook for Business and Investment in AfricaGrant 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.


Harris Speaks on Trade and a Investment at Pacific Council
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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
Harris Attends U.S.-Africa Business ForumGrant 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.


Harris Featured in Pacific Council Session on South Africa
Harris Featured in Pacific Council Session on South Africa

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.


Harris Delivers Keynote Speech at American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) National Conference
Harris Delivers Keynote Speech at American Association of Blacks
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Harris Delivers Keynote Speech at Powering Africa Summit
Harris Delivers Keynote Speech at Powering Africa Summit
Keynote Speaker at Powering Africa Summit, held in Washington, DC in January 2016

Read more at http://www.energynet.co.uk/event/powering-africa-summit-2016


Panelist-on-Investing-in-Nigeria Panelist on “Investing in Nigeria” at Powering Africa Summit, held in Washington, DC in January 2016


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


grant-harris-moderator Panelist on “Misperceptions with Respect to Investing in Africa” at the Emerging Markets and Private Equity Association Summit on Private Equity in Africa, held in London, November 2015


grant-harris-panelist Moderator of panel on “Ultrapoverty” at the Social Innovation Summit produced by Landmark Ventures, in Silicon Valley, November 2015


Panelist on “Africa in Transition” at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Summit, in Washington, DC, October 2015

Select Appearances in U.S. Media

Africa: Third Trump Try to Fill Senior Africa Policy Post, allAfrica.com, July 2017

This is Why Africa Matters to the United States, allAfrica.com, May 2017

Harris is Guest on Sunday Talk Show “Africa Today TV”, April 2017

Africa: CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick – What Now?, allAfrica.com, February 2017

President Obama Has Nominated 123 People to Fill Administration Positions this Year, Washington Post, January 2017

UC Davis to Be Living Lab for Young African Leaders Tackling Energy Issues, UC Davis, June 2016

U.S. Pushes for Global Eye on South Sudan Conflict, The New York Times, July 2015

Obama Pledges to Ramp Up Support for Nigeria’s Boko Haram Fight, Bloomberg, July 2015

In first U.S. Visit, Nigerian President and Obama to Pledge New Partnership, Christian Science Monitor, July 2015

Nigerian President, Obama to Meet at White House, Fox News, July 2015

Nigeria’s New President, Hoping to Host Obama, Visits White House Instead, The New York Times, July 2015

Obama Praises Nigerian Leader for Pursuing Safety, Security, PBS Newshour, July 2015

Obama Welcomes Buhari and Commends Nigeria’s ‘Commitment to Democracy,’ The Washington Post, July 2015

Boko Haram tops agenda for Nigerian leader meet with Obama, USA Today, July 2015

Obama, Last Election Behind Him, Plans First Visit as President to Kenya, The New York Times, March 2015

White House sending Ospreys to hunt Joseph Kony and the LRA, Christian Science Monitor, March 2014

U.S. to Crack Down on Ivory Trafficking to Protect Elephants, CBS News, February 2014

U.S. to Crack Down on Sale and Purchase of Ivory to Protect Elephants, Fox News, February 2014

U.S. Is Facing Hard Choices in South Sudan, The New York Times, January 2014

Obama Warns Against Using Military Force to Gain Power in South Sudan, Los Angeles Times, December 2013

South Sudan’s Army Faces Accusations of Civilian Abuse, The New York Times, September 2013

On the Hunt for Joseph Kony, The Washington Post, September 2013

Video Interview on “Africa 54,” Voice of America, July 2013

Obama’s Africa All-Star Team, U.S. News & World Report, July 2013

Obama Announces Trade Africa Initiative, NPR, July 2013

Obama to Launch Major Wildlife Trafficking Initiative in Africa, The Washington Post, July 2013

Obama Announces Initiative to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, The Washington Post, July 2013

Obama Moves to Fight Wildlife Trafficking in Africa. But the Real Work Is in Asia, Time, July 2013

In Tanzania, Obama Calls for a Partnership With Africa to Aid Its Economy, The New York Times, July 2013

White House Lays Out Busy Africa Itinerary for the Obamas, The Washington Post, July 2013

Obama Heads to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania During Week-Long Trip, U.S. News & World Report, June 2013

Select Appearances in International and African Media

Trump’s ‘America first’ vow sparks fears for Africa initiatives, Financial Times, May 2017

Harris Interviewed on BBC’s “Newsday” Program, January 2017.

AFC Appoints Former US Presidential Advisor, Private Equity Africa, July 2016

U.S. Pledges to Help Nigeria Tackle Boko Haram Terrorists, Financial Times (UK), July 2015

Obama Meets New Nigerian President with Praise for Anti-Extremist Agenda, The Guardian (UK), July 2015

Boko Haram: America and Nigeria, al-Ittihad (UAE), July 2015

Barack Obama Tour: Market Country as Gateway to Africa, Kenya Urged, The Daily Nation (Kenya), June 2015

Abuja Set for Buhari’s Inauguration, The News (Nigeria), June 2015

The United States Faces Tough Choices in South Sudan, Albawabh (Egypt), January 2015

Africa Reporting Tour: Lessons of a Historic Summit, Journal du Mali (Mali), August 2014

The Ravalomanana-Wong Meeting – Reciprocal Interests Evoked, L’Express (Madagascar), August 2014

US-Africa: Highlights of a Summit with Grant Harris of the NSC, Journal du Tchad (Chad), August 2014

Cameroon: Presidential Couple at U.S – Africa Summit, Cameroon Tribune (Cameroon), August 2014

Summit Aims to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Ties, South African Broadcasting Corporation (South Africa), August 2014

An African Bargaining Chip, People’s Daily (China), June 2014

Washington to Expel the LRA, Makkah (Saudi Arabia), April 2014

U.S. Sends More Forces to Uganda for Kony Hunt, The Times (South Africa), March 2014

Ouganda: Des Renforts Américains pour Traquer la LRA de Joseph Kony, Jeune Afrique (pan-African), March 2014

U.S. Sends More Forces to Uganda for Kony Hunt, The Daily Nation (Kenya), March 2014

U.S. Launches Crack Down on Africa’s $10bn a Year Ivory Poaching Trade, The Independent (UK), February 2014

Obama Sends High-Level Delegation to African Union Summit, The East African (Kenya), January 2014

Obama’s YALI Project to Benefit More Tanzanian Youths, IPP Media (Tanzania), January 2014

Boko Haram: WHO Doctor, 499 Other Suspects for Trial, Vanguard (Nigeria), December 2013

Mankeur Ndiaye at the White House for…, Xibaaru (and similar in Enquete Plus and Kolda News) (Senegal), November 2013

The Real Reason for Obama’s Visit to Africa, Abidjan.net (Cote d’Ivoire), July 2013

Letter From America: Obama Trip is About Selling U.S. Brand (opinion), Business Day (South Africa), July 2013

Obama Cracks Down on Wildlife Trafficking, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), July 2013

Obama Declares a New Era of U.S.-Africa Relations, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada), July 2013

Obama to Launch Major Initiative to Curb Wildlife Trafficking, The Guardian (UK), July 2013

Africa: Obama Committed to Increase Trade and Investment in Africa, Tanzania Daily News (Tanzania), June 2013

Obama Keen to See Madiba, Independent Online (South Africa), June 2013

Washington Looks to Strengthen Trade with ECOWAS, iNews Arabia (Saudia Arabia), March 2013

End of Hillary Clinton’s Visit to Togo, Republique Togolaise (Togo), January 2012