Speaking Events

Syracuse University

Harris Speaks at Syracuse University

Harris spoke about international development and humanitarian action at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.



Cornell

Harris Speaks at Cornell University

Harris spoke about strategy and political risk related to investing in emerging markets at Cornell SC Johnson School of Business.



Yale

Harris Speaks at Yale University

Harris spoke on U.S. Investment in Africa at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.



Berkeley

Harris Speaks at UC Berkeley

Harris spoke on leadership issues to a “Tech Firm Leadership” class at the University of California, Berkeley



University of Chicago

Harris Gives “How to Brief the President (Or Any Senior Leader)”TM Seminar at the University of Chicago

Harris delivered a leadership training workshop at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.



Sciences Po

Harris Speaks at Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Harris discussed opportunities and challenges facing African states at two French universities: Sciences Po Paris and Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye.



Carthage College

Harris Keynotes Conference at Carthage College

Harris spoke on public service, global challenges, professional development, and other issues in a fireside chat and keynote remarks at Carthage College’s annual Aspire conference.



Concordia
Harris Chairs Roundtable

Harris Chairs Roundtable on “Achieving Impact: Overcoming Political Roadblocks”

Grant Harris led a roundtable discussion at the Concordia Global Summit 2020 to discuss how social ventures can successfully navigate policy and political issues and create a political strategy to achieve impact at scale. Participants included Madame Monica Geingos, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, along with the former CEO of Save the Children, the vice chair of BCG’s social impact practice, the chief of staff of the UK’s House of Lords, and others.



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Horasis Extraordinary Meeting

Harris Speaks on Panel on “The Middle East – A Quest for Re-Development”

Harris commented on how Middle Eastern states can strengthen investment climates to compete for global capital, and the pressing need to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems. The panel, held at the Horasis conference, also included Ahmad Al Sari, Chairman, Malaz Capital, Saudi Arabia; Ahmed Emara, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, ReAya Holding, Saudi Arabia; Shireen Shelleh, Managing Director, Center for Engineering and Planning, Palestine; and Joël Ruet, Chairman, TheBridgeTank, France. Watch a recording of the panel here.



Johns Hopkins University

Harris Speaks at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Harris spoke about national security decision-making processes as well as U.S.-Africa relations with graduate students studying international relations.



Berkeley

Harris Speaks at University of California, Berkeley

Harris discussed leadership skills with a class of undergraduate students at U.C. Berkeley.



Africa After COVID 19

Harris Speaks on Panel on “Africa After COVID 19: Key Economic Challenges”

Other panelists on the panel, sponsored by Cal Maritime, included Otaviano Canuto, Senior Fellow at Policy Center for the New South and the Brookings Institution, and former Vice-President of the World Bank; Jan Isaksen, Emeritus Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway; Alan Hirsch, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Jean Louis Arcand, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland. The video can be found here.



Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Harris Speaks on Panel for Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Grant Harris spoke on a panel about “Institutional and Global Origins of Institutional Inequality on the African Continent” in an event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and World Trade Center LA. Other panelists included Ambassador Chihombori Quao, former African Union Ambassador to the United States; and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, former Senator in Nigeria. The video can be found here.



University of Johannesburg

Harris Speaks on University of Johannesburg Panel on “COVID-19 and the Emerging World Order”

Grant Harris spoke about the international response to coronavirus and how it will affect U.S. global leadership and U.S.-China relations on a webinar organized by the University of Johannesburg. Other panelists included Dr. David Masondo, Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of South Africa; Professor Dong Wang, Executive Director, Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding (IGCU), Peking University, Beijing, China; and Dr. Oluwaseun Tella, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future of Knowledge. It was moderated by Professor Alex Broadbent of the University of Johannesburg.



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Harris Speaks at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Grant Harris spoke about the status of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and how the economic fallout from coronavirus will impact infrastructure investment in emerging markets.



Pan-African Business Forum

Harris Speaks at Pan-African Business Forum in California

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.



Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Harris Speaks at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

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.



PolicyWest
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PolicyWest

Harris Speaks on Panel on Commercial Diplomacy at PolicyWest

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.



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Harris Speaks at the National War College

Grant Harris spoke about U.S. national security and African affairs with students at the National War College, National Defense University.



Concordia
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Concordia

Harris Speaks at Concordia on Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Grant Harris joined a panel on youth entrepreneurship and employment in Africa at the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit. More information is available here.



UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Harris Speaks at UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Grant Harris spoke at a class on business strategy at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.



Somaliland

Harris Moderates Discussion of Somaliland

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.



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Harris Speaks to Mandela Fellows at University of California, Davis

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.



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Harris Moderates Discussion of South African Elections

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.



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Harris Speaks at Berkeley-Haas Africa Business Forum

Harris Speaks at Berkeley-Haas Africa Business Forum

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.



Harris Speaks on Trade and Investment Issues in Indianapolis

Harris Speaks on Trade and Investment Issues in Indianapolis

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.



Indiana University
Harris Speaks at Indiana University

Harris Speaks at Indiana University

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.



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Harris Moderates Discussion of Nigerian Elections

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.



Illinois District Export Council

Harris Speaks on Doing Business in Africa at Illinois District Export Council

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.



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Harris Speaks at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Grant Harris spoke about strategic trends in Africa with business school students focused on the energy sector.



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Fireside Chat with Rwandan Minister of Justice
Fireside Chat with Rwandan Minister of Justice

Harris Moderates Fireside Chat with Rwandan Minister of Justice at UC Davis Law School

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.



International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

Opportunity Africa

Harris Featured in Executive Roundtable at the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

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.



University of Chicago
University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Harris Speaks at the University of 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.



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Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Harris Speaks on Panel on Emerging Markets at Kellogg School of Management

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.



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Kuramo

Harris Keynotes Kuramo Capital “Sub-Saharan Africa Day” in New York

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.



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the pearson institute

Harris Speaks at Pearson Global Forum at the University of Chicago

Grant Harris discussed the causes of global conflict on a panel at the inaugural Pearson Global Forum. You can learn more about other speakers and the agenda here, and watch the panel here (starting at minute 30:30).



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Harris Speaks at Johns Hopkins on U.S. National Security and Africa

Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with graduate students studying international relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).



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Harris Speaks at Princeton’s Junior Summer Institute

Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with students studying international relations at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute.



SEED Project
Harris Speaks at Hoop Forum Conference in Senegal

Harris Speaks at Hoop Forum Conference in Senegal

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.



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Harris Delivers Remarks at New York City Bar Association

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.



Fireside Chat

Harris Interviewed in Fireside Chat at Trade and Investment Roadshow

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.



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Harris Speaks at New York University (NYU) on U.S. National Security and Africa

Grant Harris spoke about U.S.-Africa relations with NYU graduate students studying international relations.



Lincoln High School Hall of Fame
Lincoln High School Hall of Fame

Harris Inducted Into Lincoln High School Hall of Fame

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.



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Harris Speaks at American University on U.S. National Security Issues

Harris spoke at American University on challenges and opportunities with respect to U.S.-Africa relations.



Harris Creates Video with Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

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.



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Africa at noon

Harris Speaks at University of Wisconsin-Madison on U.S.-Africa Policy

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.



Why Africa Matters

Harris Speaks at U.C. Berkeley on Africa and U.S. National Security

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.



Chatham House
Harris Speaks at Chatham House in London

Harris Speaks at Chatham House in London

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

Harris Speaks at Invest Africa Event in London

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 Moderates Discussion on U.S.-Africa Policy with Congressmember Karen Bass

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.



Columbia Business School

Harris Speaks at Columbia Business School

Harris was invited to Columbia Business School to speak to business school students on the topic of business opportunities in East Africa.



Lagos Business School

Harris Speaks at Lagos Business School

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 Speaks at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal

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.



Business Today

Harris Leads Executive Seminar at Business Today in New York

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 Speaks at Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, Illinois

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.



Global Midwest Alliance

Harris Speaks at Global Midwest Alliance Event in Chicago, Illinois

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.



Oregon World Affairs Council Event

Harris Keynotes Oregon World Affairs Council Event on U.S.-Africa Policy

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 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.



Young African Leaders
University of California

Harris Speaks to Young African Leaders at University of California, Davis

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 Speaks on the Role of the U.S. Military in Africa

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 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.



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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 (available here) had over 60,000 views in North America, Africa, and beyond.



Why Africa Matters
Why Africa Matters
Why Africa Matters

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’ 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 Speaks on Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in Nigeria
Harris Speaks on Renewable Energy at AFC Live Summit in Nigeria

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 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

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

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

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.



Pacific Council
Harris Speaks on Trade and a Investment at Pacific Council
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Harris Speaks on Trade and a Investment at Pacific Council

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 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.



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
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Harris Delivers Keynote Speech at American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) National Conference



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



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



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Panelist on “Public & Private Opportunity: Role of Renewable & Off-Grid Electrification” at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium, held in Silicon Valley, January 2016



Global African Investment Summit
Moderator of panel on “Bankable Projects in the Tourism Sector in Rwanda” at the Global African Investment Summit, held in London, December 2015



Global African Investment Summit
Moderator of panel on “Bankable Projects in the Energy Sector in Benin” at the Global African Investment Summit, held in London, December 2015



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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



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



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