On the Frontier of Private Equity: Africa is a Compelling Story for Investors and Global Biz - plus an update on the Arrogance of Institutions
June 20, 2013
Hosted by Té Revesz
The growth story in Africa is compelling for private equity investors, VCs and increasingly, cross-border businesses. The continent has some of the highest growth figures in the world: 7 countries in the top 10 for GDP growth last year. The IMF forecasts that Sub-Saharan Africa will grow 5.7% in 2013. The consumer story could not be more attractive; banking, finance, telecoms and tech are booming. Nate Suppaiah, editor of Emerging Alternative Investor returns to Global Reach. He’ll highlight the key countries and sweet spots for PE funds, investment banks, private investors and companies looking for emerging markets opportunities. Last week Charles Kolb said citizen involvement is the way to bring accountability back to our institutions. Now Citizen Action Dir. Karen Scharff talks about why she & 20 others were arrested for challenging the NY Senate to vote on the Fair Elections bill demanded by the state's biz leaders, governor, Assembly and 57-70% of the people.
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We are all operating in a dynamic global marketplace, whether we reach across borders to find new customers and fresh ideas or face overseas competitors in our home market.
Global Reach embraces the opportunities and challenges we encounter when operating in multiple countries and cultures. We talk with entrepreneurs and executives about their strategies for winning in fast changing world markets: cross-cultural communication, global branding, media and marketing, transportation and manufacturing, the future of finance, alternative investment strategies, innovation and IP protection.
Global Reach interviews thought leaders about 21st century megatrends that impact international entities: trends like the business and politics of sustainability, the morphing nature of competitiveness, globalization, global companies vs national governments, worldview and growth prescriptions, emerging markets issues, and the corporate impact on society (governance, ethics and leadership).
Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.
As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.
Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.
An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.