Testimonials

Harris Africa Partners is not just experienced – we are also deeply loyal and highly responsive to our clients. Here is a sampling of what our clients have to say about us:
“We’ve relied heavily on Harris Africa Partners for expert witness work for litigation on behalf of a Fortune 50 client. Grant and the expert witness that he provided have been invaluable. I have been litigating in New York for 15 years, and have never had this level of support from an expert witness. Ever.” - Counsel at an international law firm with over 2,500 lawyers and 28 offices worldwide

“Our flagship program in Africa was running into trouble because the host government was not upholding its end of the bargain. I’m a retired ambassador, so I’m no stranger to governance challenges in Africa, but we needed a fresh perspective. We don’t normally use consultants but in this case, we set up some interviews. Grant stuck out for his impressive ability to think tactically and creatively, and not just suggest some pie-in-the-sky strategy. He was superb at helping us figure out and weigh our options. When we decided to set up shop in a different country, Grant helped us design a cutting-edge higher education partnership and then connected us with all of the right people to make it happen.” - Director of Programming at a large land grant public university with $1 billion budget

“I brought in Grant Harris to help us with business development in African markets. He was great, and I could see that his presence on our team added a lot of credibility to our pitches. I found him to be smart and sensible, but he also was quick to learn our institutional culture, which made him much more effective than other consultants I have worked with in the past. The scope started out Africa-specific, but we then put Grant to work on our global strategy team. He may market himself toward Africa, but his judgment and experience running strategy processes was a huge help for us in Asian and Latin American markets too!” - Global Head of Partnerships at tech startup valued at over $1 billion

“We brought Grant in to help us improve our understanding of the landscape and opportunities for our business in sub-Saharan Africa. Grant’s unique experience combined with his approachable manner resulted in helping us to establish a common vision and consensus amongst senior management regarding next steps.” - Senior Manager, global biotechnology manufacturer

“Harris Africa Partners connected us with an expert witness for a case in Immigration Court involving a relatively small and less well-known country in Africa. The expert’s deep knowledge and experience gave her opinion significant weight, and her testimony was central to our success in court. Given the less well-known subject area, we could not have found such an expert ourselves. Both the expert and Grant were easy to work with, focused, and dedicated. At the hearing, the Immigration Judge said she was the most qualified, knowledgeable, well-prepared country conditions expert he had ever seen in Immigration Court.” - Attorney, New England-based law firm with extensive pro bono asylum practice

“My company first engaged Grant for a one-off strategy session on a few specific topics, but I quickly determined that I wanted him more involved in my company. And it was the right call. It was a stretch for my early stage startup’s budget, but Grant offered a lot of value. He helped us to develop an expansion strategy and also work through some difficult issues in our largest market. Like many startups, we have a network of great people to call on for informal advice, but Grant has a pretty unique background, and I found it extremely helpful to have him more involved than just an occasional phone call. He’s seasoned and thoughtful and has been able to help me think through some of the many issues thrown my way as a first-time CEO growing my company. And knowing that I am getting good advice on risk and policy issues has also made my investors more comfortable.” - Founder and Managing Director of a startup focused on Africa

“Grant has advised my company on power generation projects representing more than $1 billion worth of investment. My management team and I have decades of experience completing deals in Africa, and we have great teams with deep local expertise in each country in which we work. Nevertheless, Grant was a critical resource to assist our team in navigating political issues. I’ve found time and time again that it is political issues – more than commercial or technical issues – that slows the implementation of deals in emerging markets. Instead of just bringing in a consultant during a crisis, I decided some years ago that ongoing advice from Grant could help us get ahead of issues and see around the corners. I’ve definitely found that to be true – Grant has been a big help with our projects and is a trusted advisor.” - CEO of U.S. independent power company

“I have hired many consultants over the years, but Grant is definitely one of the best. Our organizational strategy needed a refresh; our mission to support economic development and community-based approaches in Africa was clear, but we had too many priorities and needed someone to kick the tires on our theory of change. But it couldn’t be just anyone – someone who understood the region, the development issues, the governments on the continent, and the key players around the world. But also someone who was a doer, not just a strategic thinker – like any executive, I’ll take results over grand strategy any day. Grant was more than up for it, and overperformed at every opportunity. Any organization looking to get things done in Africa would be lucky to have him in their corner.” - Executive Director, prominent non-profit in Central Africa supporting local initiatives through grant-making and advocacy

“Grant’s creativity, knowledge, and relationships in the region and foreign policy community were essential in creating a leadership and strategy development program in the Horn of Africa. His deep expertise was invaluable, and I enjoyed working with him.” - Institute Deputy Director at an Ivy League university

“I served alongside Grant on the board of directors of the Africa Finance Corporation. The board was lucky to have him as an independent director – he has very high integrity and is sharp. I respect his judgment and found him to be a constructive problem-solver, not to mention a great colleague.” - Director, Africa Finance Corporation, an international financial institution that has invested more than $4 billion in infrastructure projects across Africa