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Natznet Tesfay
Executive Director, Africa, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit
Natznet Tesfay is executive director for research and analysis in Economics and Country risk at IHS Markit, focused on Africa.
Background

Her areas of specialization include analysis of political developments affecting the offshore energy sector in West Africa, particularly Nigeria; commercial developments, especially in mining, energy, and infrastructure in East Africa; and piracy risks in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Guinea. Ms. Tesfay leads the development of the Africa risk indicator and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of methodologies such as geospatial analysis and scenario modelling techniques. She supports business growth across the continent, advising C-level executives on market entry, stakeholder engagement and risk management, and African governments on leveraging their natural resource potential for sustained economic growth. In 2017, Ms. Tesfay was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She regularly speaks in major media outlets and at high-level conferences. Previously, at Exclusive Analysis she managed the Africa intelligence team of in-country analysts and sources, as well as Exclusive Analysis's Johannesburg office. She also advised municipal governments on sustainably developing megacities and national governments on the development of free trade zones, foreign policy and the mining sector in East Africa. Ms. Tesfay's degrees include a BA in Government from Harvard University and a MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics.

Industry expertise
Country / Territory Risk
Economics
Sourcing and Supply Chain
Pharma Market Access
Areas of interest
Energy Geopolitics
Government Policy & Regulations
Legal Risk
Market Analysis & Forecasts
Operational Risk
Political Risk
Scenario Planning
Taxation Risk
Regional focus
Sub-Saharan Africa
Languages
English
US$1000
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