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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.

Yale Africa-China Conference 2019

Yale Africa-China Conference 2019

Such a privilege to speak at the Yale Africa-China Conference  in Nairobi. To rub shoulders with researchers I had read for years was a dream come true. Here are some interesting insights:

  1. If you are an African government intent on getting a good deal with your Chinese counterparts, develop a cohesive strategy. Employ negotiators who know what they are doing. And coordinate your disparate departments.

  2. Efficiency vs good pay is a chicken and egg problem when it comes to the employment of Africans in Chinese enterprises operating in the continent.

  3. If governments in Africa do not enforce local environmental laws, they won’t be obeyed. Not by Western companies, not by African companies, not by Chinese companies.

Speaking at China Radio International with the COO of She Loves Tech

Speaking at China Radio International with the COO of She Loves Tech

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project

With Eric and Cobus on the China-Africa Project