Aleksandra Gadzala

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Africa Center

Aleksandra Gadzala, Africa Center

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Democracy and human rights, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Political Reform, Technology, US Foreign Policy


East Africa, Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, SubSaharan Africa, West Africa


English, French, Polish

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Aleksandra Gadzala is geopolitical specialist and member of senior staff with the Zurich Insurance Group. She is also the founder of Magpie Advisory, a member of the Expert Advisory Board at The Singularity Group, a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, and the editor of Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China.

Previously, Gadzala was senior analyst and internal head of African markets for a leading Swiss asset manager. In this position, she oversaw country and sovereign risk for a $900 million portfolio of investments across the African financial services, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture sectors. Gadzala has also held senior advisory positions with global strategy firms such as Oxford Analytica and Control Risks, where she provided counsel to international government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations on political and economic stability and operational risks in African markets. She has worked with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the G8 Research Group, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford where she focused on global financial regulation in emerging markets.

Gadzala’s writings cover a broad range of topics including geopolitical risk management, China-Africa relations, technological innovation, and African development. Her work has been featured in academic and professional journals including The National Interest, China Review, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and has been cited in testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Gadzala holds a PhD in politics from the University of Oxford (Merton College), an MPhil in politics, also from the University of Oxford (Merton College), and a BA (cum laude) from Northwestern University.