Africa: Can the Momentum Continue in 2014

January 9, 2014
Hosted by Té Revesz

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With regional GDP growth at 5.5% and the world’s fastest-growing middle class, Africa has been receiving a lot of good press. Can the momentum continue? Or, asks Terence McNamee of South Africa’s Brenhurst Foundation, will 2014 see a “backlash to the Africa rising narrative”? China has played a big role in African growth story; which economies can handle a downturn in Chinese demand? Democracy has spread, but how many states have created a sense of nationhood? Problems are emerging in terms of state formation; are old fault lines reemerging? Is widespread youth unemployment a ticking time bomb? The attack on Kenya’s Westgate Mall, trouble in Mali, South Sudan etc. raise huge concerns for foreign business; what is the security prognosis? Important elections are ahead, how might results impact the business climate? How will South Africa fare in the post-Mandela era? Should we even be talking about “Africa”? How are countries trying to differentiate themselves in the world market?

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

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.

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