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Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Property rights, data, and prosperity in Africa

One of the biggest obstacles to wealth creation and greater economic prosperity in Africa has to do with land ownership. Overcoming this obstacle will require better data collection, aggregation, and transparency.

GeoTech Cues by Thomas Koch

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Tom Koch currently works at FCA Corp, the advisor to an Africa-focused private equity fund, and is also a Major in the US Marine Corps Reserves. Previously, he worked at Deloitte Consulting in their M&A group. Prior to this, he served for almost ten years on active duty in the Marines. His previous professional experience includes working on the Department of Defense Business Board in the Pentagon, where he teamed with business executives to provide strategic advice to senior Department of Defense leaders, and working in the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs, where he helped shape policy between the Marine Corps and the US Congress. Tom was a 2014 Department of Defense Legislative Fellow in the personal office of a senior Member of Congress. Tom began his time in the Marines with deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and again in 2013 as a company commander supporting the 7th Marine Regiment. Tom earned an MBA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a bachelors degree from the US Naval Academy. Tom is a 2020-2021 Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the US.