News & Updates
Check out this non-exhaustive list of news and appearances by Grant Harris of Harris Africa Partners. Check back regularly for updates.
Grant Harris and Mike McFaul (former U.S. Ambassador to Russia) wrote an op-ed on how Russia is increasing its commercial and military engagement in Africa – and why that is contrary to U.S. interests. The full text is available here.
Read Grant Harris’ article on why the demographic, economic and political trends with respect to Africa are impossible to overlook, and any institution aspiring to sustain a global brand and position its students to thrive in international settings will need a deliberate Africa strategy. The full text is available here.
The Wilson Center’s “Africa: Year in Review 2018” features an essay by Grant Harris describing the perils of China’s debt diplomacy in Africa. The publication is available here.
Read the full text of Grant Harris’ op-ed, “How Trump’s ‘Victory’ Became Kim’s Triumph,” published by Project Syndicate. The op-ed describes missteps in U.S. policy seeking to isolate North Korea. The piece also ran in newspapers such as The Japan Times (Japan), The Daily Star (Lebanon), The Irish Examiner (Ireland), and MarketWatch, and was featured in a press release by China’s state-owned China Global Television Network.
Read Grant Harris’ article on how the U.S. strategy toward Africa announced in December 2018 will be unsuccessful in countering China’s growing influence across the continent. The full text is available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed on how the United States is engaging in petty trade disputes and neglecting commercial opportunities in Africa. The full text is available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed in TIME describing how Chinese debt diplomacy in Africa is harmful to U.S. national security. The full text is available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed describing how the United States is militarizing its Africa policy to the detriment of regional stability and the safety of Americans. The full text is available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed about how upcoming funding cuts for U.S. disease prevention efforts abroad will leave the U.S. less able to detect and prevent epidemics. The full text is available here.
See Grant Harris’ blog, “Why U.S. Companies Need to Include Africa in Their Global Growth Strategies,” available here. The blog was featured as part of the Initiative for Global Development’s “Africa Investment Rising” Campaign. Harris Africa Partners LLC is an organizational partner for IGD’s U.S. Roadshow Tour to promote greater trade with, and investment in, Africa.
Read Grant Harris’ op-ed about how helping to advance economic growth and governance in African countries is vital to defeating the Islamic State group, al-Qaida, and other threats to American interests. The full text is available here.
The Wilson Center’s “Africa: Year in Review 2017” draws on various contributors to describe some of the most important developments in Africa in 2017. In it, Grant Harris describes the Trump Administration’s efforts to counter North Korea’s links to African states. The publication is available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed on how to stem North Korea-Africa trade, which supplies Pyongyang with more than $100 million in deals each year. The full text is available here.
Harris was one of three experts called upon to comment on the status of African Union peacekeeping efforts in Somalia and the capability of Somali security forces to combat the terrorist group al-Shabaab. Read more here.
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.
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.
Read the full text of Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “By Ignoring Africa, U.S. Cedes Jobs To China” in Forbes, available here.
See Grant Harris’ op-ed, “Where Trump Fails on US-Africa Policy, Congress Must Step In,” in The Hill, available here.
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. It was the sixth most viewed and downloaded of all Atlantic Council publications in 2017. Additionally, the video of the release of the report (an interview with Washington Post global editor Karen Attiah, available here) was one of the top three most viewed Atlantic Council videos of the year, with over 60,000 views in North America, Africa, and beyond. View a copy of the report here.
Read the full text of Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “Obama Stakes His Africa Legacy On Economic Growth” in Forbes, available here.
See Grant Harris’ recent op-ed, “U.S. Investors Are Missing Out On Africa’s Economic Growth” in Forbes, available here.
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.
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.
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.
See Grant Harris’ blog, “A Legacy in the Making: Obama’s Approach to Security Sector Assistance,” in the Cipher Brief, December 2016, available here.
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
Grant Harris delivered remarks on trade and investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. Other speakers at the conference included Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lt. Governor of California. More information on the conference is available here.
Grant Harris spoke about the national security dimensions of U.S.-Africa relations with graduate students studying international relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Grant Harris was a panelist discussing “Economic Diplomacy in the 21st Century: U.S. Competitiveness Abroad,” at PolicyWest, the signature annual conference of the Pacific Council on International Affairs. The panel, which included Staci Warden, Executive Director of the Milken Institute’s Global Markets Development, discussed U.S. economic competitiveness and economic tools to support American companies doing business abroad. More information is available here.
Grant Harris spoke about U.S. national security and African affairs with students at the National War College, National Defense University.
Grant Harris joined a panel on youth entrepreneurship and employment in Africa at the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit. More information is available here.
Grant Harris spoke at a class on business strategy at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.
Harris moderated a panel for the Pacific Council on International Policy on the topic of Somaliland. Panelists included Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, and Sagal Abshir, an independent consultant based in East Africa. An audio recording of the panel is available here.
Grant Harris gave remarks and met with a cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows, part of a program for young African leaders that Harris helped launch when working at the White House.
Grant Harris moderated a conference call discussing what happened in the 2019 elections in South Africa and what it means for companies doing business in the country. The call was sponsored by the Business Council for International Understanding.
Grant Harris was a panelist at the Berkeley-Haas Africa Business Forum in Berkeley, California. The panel discussed how public policy innovations can support economic growth and job creation across Africa. Other panelists included Carole Kariuki of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Dr. Albert G. Zeufack, the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa.
Grant Harris gave a talk on “Doing Business in Africa” at an event hosted by Malichi Group Worldwide at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Grant Harris spoke on a panel discussing geopolitics and commercial diplomacy related to international development at the “America’s Role in the World” conference at Indiana University Bloomington. The panel was moderated by Dave Lawler (Associate Editor of World News at Axios) and also included Adam Hitchcock (Sovereign Infrastructure Group), W. Gyude Moore (former Minister of Public Works in Liberia), and Neera Tanden (President of the Center for American Progress). You can learn more about the conference here, and watch the panel here.
Grant Harris moderated a conference call discussing policy and political opportunities and risks coming out of the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria for the Business Council for International Understanding.
Grant Harris gave remarks and led a discussion of business opportunities in Africa with companies in Chicago that are doing business in, or are considering entering, African markets. The event was sponsored by the Illinois District Export Council.
Grant Harris spoke about strategic trends in Africa with business school students focused on the energy sector.
Grant Harris moderated a discussion on “The Collective Memory of Genocide” with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Rwanda at the University of California, Davis Law School.
Grant Harris gave remarks and led a discussion on business opportunities in Africa with companies in Chicago that are doing business in, or are considering entering, African markets. The event was sponsored by the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago.
Grant Harris delivered remarks at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. The speech discussed strategic trends in sub-Saharan Africa and covered economic, demographic, conflict, and governance issues.
Grant Harris appeared on a panel to discuss investing in emerging markets at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Fellow panelists were Marisa Lago, formerly the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, and Damien Ma, a China expert who is Associate Director of the Think Tank at the Paulson Institute.
Grant Harris delivered remarks during Kuramo Capital’s 6th annual Sub-Saharan Africa Day held at the Harvard Club of New York. The event brought together U.S. and global institutional investors, government officials, and key private sector leaders. The keynote discussed U.S. investor sentiment and trends with respect to sub-Saharan Africa. Other speakers at the event included Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman and Founder of the Econet Group, and Dr. Okechukwu Emelamah, Honorable Minister of Trade and Investments, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with graduate students studying international relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with students studying international relations at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute.
Harris was a panelist and discussed the economics of driving sustainable transformation at the SEED Project Hoop Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The themes of the panel included policy issues and investment opportunities as well as how sports and leadership education can support sustainable development.
Grant Harris gave remarks on a “Strategic Approach to Mitigating Business Risk in Africa” and discussed the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa at the New York City Bar Association. Select commentary on the event is available here.
Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Carol Pineau interviewed Grant Harris on navigating risk while doing business in sub-Saharan Africa. The interview took place in New York as part of the Initiative for Global Development’s “Africa Investment Rising” Roadshow Tour to promote greater trade with, and investment in, Africa. Read more here.
Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with NYU graduate students studying international relations.
Grant Harris is proud to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Lincoln High School in Stockton, California. Lincoln High School was founded in 1954 and has inducted 71 of its estimated 25,000 graduates into the Hall of Fame.
Harris spoke at American University on challenges and opportunities with respect to U.S.-Africa relations.
Check out this two-minute video produced in partnership with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state chamber of commerce, to highlight opportunities in Africa for U.S. companies.
Harris gave a talk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the many national security facets of U.S.-Africa relations. The discussion took place as part of “Africa at Noon,” a lecture series sponsored by the African Studies Program that dates back to 1973.
Harris gave a talk on his report, Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security, at the University of California, Berkeley. The discussion ranged from transnational threats emanating from Africa to the economic opportunities that could support U.S. jobs and economic competitiveness.
Harris gave a lecture in London at Chatham House (which was named one of the top three Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks by the University of Pennsylvania in 2017). The talk was entitled “North Korea-Africa Relations: Engagements and International Tensions,” and the audience included businesspersons, media, academics, advocates, and diplomats. Audio of the talk is available here.
Invest Africa-Business Council for Africa hosted a private roundtable for Harris to discuss the current state of U.S.-Africa relations and the role of U.S. companies on the continent.
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.
Harris was invited to Columbia Business School to speak to business school students on the topic of business opportunities in East Africa.
Harris was invited to speak at Lagos Business School, one of the top business programs in Africa, and gave a talk on “An American Perspective on Investing in Africa: Trends, Political Risk and Opportunities.”
Harris was a panelist at Web Summit, described by Forbes as “the best tech conference on the planet.” Over 59,000 people from 170 countries attended Web Summit in 2017. Harris discussed geopolitical considerations for investment in Africa along with co-panelists Yonov Frederick Agah (Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization) and Mariéme Jamme (Founder, iamtheCODE). The panel was moderated by Belinda Goldsmith (Editor-in-Chief, Thomson Reuters Foundation). A video of the session is available here.
Harris was invited by Princeton University’s Business Today to lead an Executive Seminar with select undergraduate students attending the conference. The discussion covered a broad range of business and policy issues related to Africa, including regional integration, cybersecurity, and Chinese investment across the continent. Previous Executive Seminars have been led by such business leaders as Robert Marcus, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable; William Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones; and Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman of Pepsico.
Harris joined a panel to discuss investment, business, and development issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The genesis of the event was Harris’ report for the Atlantic Council on Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security. Co-panelists were Ian Solomon, the Founder and CEO of SolomonGlobal LLC (and, previously, the U.S. Executive Director to the World Bank), and Bronwyn Bruton, the Deputy Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. The video of the panel can be found here.
The Global Midwest Alliance and the law firm K&L Gates sponsored a discussion on Africa featuring Harris and Ian Solomon, Founder and CEO of SolomonGlobal LLC. The discussion touched on U.S. investment strategies in Africa, political risk, and the policies that African countries should adopt to support long-term economic growth.
Harris gave a talk on his recent report, Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security, in a WorldOregon event held in Portland, Oregon. The discussion ranged from transnational challenges such as terrorism to entrepreneurship and economic growth.
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.
Grant Harris gave remarks and met with a cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows, a program for young African leaders that Harris launched when working at the White House.
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 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.
Attiah interviewed Harris on Facebook Live regarding his report on “Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security.” The interview (available here) had over 60,000 views in North America, Africa, and beyond.
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’ report was the sixth most viewed and downloaded of all Atlantic Council publications in 2017. Additionally, the video of the release of the report (an interview with Washington Post global editor Karen Attiah, available here) received over 60,000 views in North America, Africa, and beyond.
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 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 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 at the Ditchley Foundation’s conference on investment in Africa. Find out more here.
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.
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.
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.
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
Select Appearances in U.S. Media
Harris video clip on Doing Business in Africa gets over 25,000 views. [The clip was filmed at the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit and was viewed approximately 26,000 times on LinkedIn alone]
Why Africa Should Matter to All of Us, Interview with Former Presidential Advisor, Grant Harris, Everyday Power Blog, May 2018 [The Everyday Power Blog reaches over 400,000 people monthly]
Capitol Hill Reception to Launch U.S. Roadshow Tour, Announce Partnership On Africa Investment Forum, allAfrica.com, April 2017 [Harris Africa Partners LLC is an organizational partner in support of the Africa Investment Rising Roadshow Tour]
Interview with Grant Harris on North Korea-Africa Ties, Voice of America, February 2018 [The interview was translated from English into Korean and was broadcast repeatedly over VOA radio into North Korea]
Interview with Grant Harris on North Korea-Africa Ties, Voice of America, December 2017 [The interview was translated from English into Korean and read repeatedly throughout a full day of VOA radio broadcasting into North Korea]
Burkina Faso Pledges to End North Korea Trade, Voice of America, December 2017 [The story was also read aloud on VOA radio broadcasting into various parts of Africa and other regions of the world]
Harris is Guest on Sunday Talk Show “Africa Today TV”, April 2017 [click on the “previous episodes” tab and then on “Episode 6: Africa, America, and Moral Authority”]
Select Appearances in International Media
Harris Interviewed on BBC World Service radio to discuss Eritrea, May 2019
Harris appears on CNBC Africa television to discuss trade and investment issues related to Africa, January 2019
Harris appears on CNBC Africa television to discuss investment trends in Africa, July 2018
Harris appears on CNBC Africa television to discuss trade and investment issues related to Africa, July 2018
Harris Interviewed on BBC World Service radio “Newsday” Program, February 2018 [Newsday is the world’s most listened to breakfast show]
Harris Interviewed on BBC World Service radio “Newsday” Program, January 2017. [Newsday is the world’s most listened to breakfast show]
Boards and Councils
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.
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.”
Previous White House Press Releases and Blogs
Press Call on the Upcoming Visit of the President of Nigeria, July 2015