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AfricaSourceAug 20, 2021
De-risking and transforming institutional capital for impact in Africa: A conversation with Admassu Tadesse and Morten Elkjær
By Africa Center
Mr. Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Mr. Morten Elkjær, vice president for the financial sector and business development at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), to discuss de-risking and transforming institutional capital into greater impact in Africa for attractive returns.
Aubrey Hruby is a nonresident senior fellow with the Africa Center, co-founder of Insider and the Africa Expert Network (AXN), and an active investor in African start-ups. In her role at Insider, Hruby works with global entrepreneurs to generate positive public relations and to connect them with investors, while at AXN, she has helped build Africa’s leading information brokerage and expert connection service.
Hruby has consulted extensively in over twenty-five African markets and regularly advises senior policymakers and Fortune 500 companies on doing business in Africa. She is the former managing director of the Whitaker Group, an Africa-focused advisory firm that has helped facilitate well over $2 billion in capital flows to the continent. Prior to that, she was an International Trade Specialist at the Barnett Group LLC, where she worked with corporate clients to resolve trade problems in the Middle East and Africa.
Hruby has led CEO-level delegations to African countries, coordinated presidential visits to the United States, and consistently works to ensure Africa is kept on the US foreign policy agenda. She has advised the US Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Division and has worked on the Congressional renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act four times.
She speaks and writes regularly on African business issues for the Financial Times and Axios, and has been interviewed by outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, Africa24, and Voice of America Business. Hruby sits on the board of Invest Africa USA, the private sector advisory board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the boards of two dynamic Nigerian companies. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Young Leader at the Milken Institute.
Hruby teaches at Georgetown University and is the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse (New York City: Macmillan, July 2015). She earned an Executive MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and BAs in economics, political science, and international relations from the University of Colorado. She was a member of the President’s Leadership Class and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.