In our two-hour special on Start-up Africa, Dr Edward George explores The Wakanda Moment, which he describes as 'the moment when you suddenly realise that Africans are using technology more advanced than your own'.
His aim, is to overturn negative perceptions of Africa by highlighting the extraordinary talent and innovation that is being incubated in Africa, by Africans and for Africans.
Dr Edward George is the head of the UK representative office of pan-African bank, Ecobank, as well as being head of group research. He also manages a team of eight analysts based across Middle Africa covering the fixed-income, currencies and commodities space.
Edward has a number of specialities, including soft commodities and agribusiness, trade and trade finance, and disruptive technology. He is also the bank’s specialist on Francophone West Africa and Lusophone Africa. Edward works closely with the corporate bank and trade finance teams, and regularly visits soft commodity producers, processers and traders across Ecobank’s 36-country African footprint. Prior to joining Ecobank in March 2011 Edward worked for The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for seven years as a Senior Editor in both the Commodities and Africa Departments.
A linguist by training, Edward is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bristol. His PhD thesis on the Cuban intervention in Angola was published as a book by Routledge in 2005 and came out in paperback in December 2012.
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