EP 030 | An African Optimist

Ann African optomist

With every risk comes opportunity – Africa differs from the rest of the world in so many ways, especially when it comes to assessing risk. We look at the intricacies and interdependencies of the different countries within Africa and discuss the technology boom that is underway and that is outpacing other parts of the world. We unpack the advantages and disadvantages of Africa’s youthful population, the robust response to Covid-19 in some parts of the continent that has challenged stereotypes and look at the impact of the political landscape. We need Afrocentric solutions tailored to the uniqueness of our continent, ensuring greater African independence.

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meet our guest

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings

Director, Signal Risk

Ryan Cummings is the director of the political and security risk management consultancy, Signal Risk, and co-founder of the My Travel Risk travel security web application. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the CSIS Africa Program and an independent consultant to various international news media outlets including the New York Times, Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, AFP and Deutsche Welle. He is also a contributor to publications and think tanks, most notably CNN, the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Daily Maverick, on issues of terrorism, conflict and political instability.

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Signal Risk is a South African firm founded in 2014 that focuses on political, security and policy analysis across all 54 countries in Africa. The team prides itself on being continent-level experts with the strongest possible conception of country-specific risks and their impact on our clients.

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