Africa, with its young, fast-growing population and with some of the most dynamic economies in the world, is poised to become the future economic growth engine of the world. Will the world, though, be ready to do business in Africa? Dr. Carla Jones of Sam Houston State University and a former Templeton Fellow; Ms. D. Yvonne Rivers, an international business consultant and leadership coach; Dr. Fred Olayele, director-general of the Pan-African School of Policy Innovation; and Mr. Ned Rauch-Mannino, a former deputy assistant secretary in the US Department of Commerce will join Charles Ray, chair of FPRI’s Africa Program, to share their experience and expertise on the intricacies of doing business on the continent, focusing on Kenya, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.
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Carla D. Jones - Carla D. Jones was a 2022 Templeton Fellow in FPRI’s Africa Program and an Associate Professor in the Management, Marketing & IS department of the College of Business at Sam Houston State University.
Ned Rauch-Mannino - Ned Rauch-Mannino is a non-resident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations and Senior Advisor for Global Markets with the US Department of Commerce, and as a co-chair and Secretariat member for the White House’s Prosper Africa Initiative.
Fred Olayele - Dr. Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans academia, government, finance, and international development. A distinguished economist and public policy expert, his research interests and practice areas cover trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development.
Charles A. Ray - Charles A. Ray, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Africa Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, served as US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe.