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April 22, Speaker Jake Bright- “The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse”

 Jake Bright is a writer, author, and Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association with a focus on international business. He contributes as an editor and independently for publications including Fortune, The Financial Times This Is Africa, and U.S. News & World Report.

Bright is a frequent commentator to media outlets and his business reporting has received “Best Business Column” distinction by The Week magazine.

Bright’s first book The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse was released with Macmillan Publishing. Book related events, media, and speaking have included spots with Bloomberg News, HuffPost Live, Fortune, World Affairs Council, C-SPAN, the White House Silicon Valley Africa Forum, Mic.ComTechCrunch, Kenya’s iHub innovation center, The Atlantic Council, and M&A Advisor.

Prior to his current activities, Bright spent a decade in international finance as an officer at The Bank of New York Mellon. Before that he served in the Clinton administration in The Department of Commerce and on White House staff as a speechwriter and chief aid to senior international economic advisers.

Mr. Bright earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a certificate in African Studies from Michigan State University. He also attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, attaining a Master of International Affairs degree concentrated in international economics. Bright’s pastimes include open water distance swimming, aquathlon, and alpine ski racing. Jake was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan.