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 Quoted in Washington Post
UPDATE: Harris Op-Ed in U.S. News & World Report: "End Africa's Lifeline to North Korea"
UPDATE: Harris Quoted in Wall Street Journal
UPDATE: Harris Interview Broadcast Into North Korea and Throughout Africa by Voice of America
UPDATE: Harris Moderates Discussion on U.S.-Africa Policy with Congressmember Karen Bass
UPDATE: Harris Quoted in New York Times
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.”
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. 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
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.
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 is available here.
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 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
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
* Links below illustrate prior experience but do not imply any endorsement by the White House. Press Call on the Upcoming Visit of the President of Nigeria, July 2015