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Welcome!

I write and speak about Africa-China relations. I also run a social enterprise that aims to bring digital education to Ethiopia.

Both these endeavors are about providing access.

My Africa-China work is aimed at people who do not know much about the space. I have a book series called “The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations.” The Africa-China space is relevant to everyone nowadays. Whether you are a European diplomat or an American aid worker, you need to grasp the basics of China-Africa in order to adapt to the future. If you are an African or Chinese government official, you need to know what’s been done and the role of your counterparts. That’s where I come in. I provide you with the essentials so you can build your understanding on a solid framework. I give you access to condensed, relevant information.

The social enterprise is about making sure that Ethiopian students have access to STEM content in their own languages. Like many students in developing countries, Ethiopian pupils work as well as attend school. If they miss school for whatever reason, especially their science and math classes, they may never catch up. Digitized content will meet them where they left off. With examples and questions that pertain to their own lives. In languages they understand.

Speaking of languages, in 2016, I published the first book in the world that teaches introductory Mandarin Chinese to Amharic speakers. Amharic is the official working language of Ethiopia. I guess this book is what initially connected my Africa-China work to my education work.

Phew! That was long!

If you read all that, we should probably talk. Send me a message or add me on LinkedIn below.

Moderating a Yale Center Beijing talk

Moderating a Yale Center Beijing talk

Happy to have moderated a panel last on Africa's financial sector as it relates to the flourishing relationship between the continent and China. An extension of the Beijing Forum, this conference was organized by the Yale Macmillan Center and the Yale Center Beijing. Featured on this panel are Colin Coleman, Head of Investment Banking and MD for Sub-Saharan Africa at Goldman Sachs;  Vishal Agarwal, Chairman and Chief Executive at at Full Circle Africa and former MD at GE and PwC ;  Zhuoyan (Claire) Zhang  from Bain & Co. and consultant on Africa's digital economy and Shamas ur Rehman Toor from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

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Chinafrica.cn: Finding the Right Words

Chinafrica.cn: Finding the Right Words

Dalu: Introduction to Chinese for Amharic Speakers

Dalu: Introduction to Chinese for Amharic Speakers