Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Strengthening US-Africa commercial ties

Online Event The Biden administration can revamp US-Africa policy by building on existing commercial policies, facilitating green growth, and deepening people-to-people ties.

2:00pm Africa Climate Change & Climate Action Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy

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Thu, Apr 8, 2021

The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets

Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. The United States can slow and possibly erode these Chinese gains by promoting innovative US technologies and providing resources to help unleash the second wave of the internet revolution in African countries.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Digital Policy

Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Financing post-COVID recovery in Africa: Lessons from the AFC-DFC partnership

How can African economies recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? Sanjeev Gupta of the Africa Finance Corporation and Danielle Montgomery of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation join Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby to discuss a recent partnership to address Africa's infrastructure deficit and spur economic growth.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

InfraCorp set to attract global investors to Nigerian infrastructure

On Tuesday, March 23, the Africa Center hosted, in partnership with the US-Nigeria Council, a panel on investing in infrastructure in Nigeria, featuring a launch of the new and innovative Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp).

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

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.