Aubrey Hruby is a senior fellow with the Africa Center and an adjunct instructor in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.
She is the former managing director of the Whitaker Group, an Africa-focused corporate strategy and investment advisory firm that has helped facilitate more than $2 billion in investment and capital flows to Africa. Hruby has worked with Fortune companies to design and implement successful investment and market entry strategies and advised the US Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Division. With a strong belief in business-led growth, she has helped create innovative public-private partnerships in the agriculture, energy, financial services, consumer goods, and healthcare sectors. Over the years, Hruby has regularly led CEO-level delegations to African countries and coordinated presidential visits to the United States.
Hruby has consulted extensively in over twenty African markets and spends more than half her time engaging with senior African policymakers and leading companies. Passionate about strengthening and deepening relations with African countries, Hruby works to ensure Africa is kept on the US foreign policy agenda and has worked on the Congressional renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) four times.
Prior to joining the Whitaker Group, Hruby was an International Trade Specialist at the Barnett Group LLC, where she worked with corporate clients to design successful public affairs strategies that marshaled US government/foreign government resources and partnerships with media and nongovernmental organizations to resolve trade problems in the Middle East and Africa. As part of her work, Hruby completed extensive customs analysis, tracked regional trade agreements, hosted foreign delegations, and provided emerging-market intelligence to corporate clients.
Hruby holds her Executive MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master of arts degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she also served as a teaching and research assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Hruby also earned 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.
Ms. Hruby has been recognized by Diplomatic Courier as a “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leader under 33.”
Hruby is co-author of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse (New York City: Macmillan, July 2015).