The Institutional & Global Origins of Inequality on the African Continent
An expert panel to analyze the unjust health & economic outcomes many African nations face

Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao

MD, Former Amb. African Union

Ben Murray-Bruce

Founder, Silverbird Group/Fmr. Nigerian Senator

Grant T. Harris

CEO, Harris Africa Partners,  Fmr. WH Sen. Dir. fo

Stephen Cheung

President, WTCLA

June 24, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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As many Americans have been grappling with racism, police brutality, and systemic inequality domestically, this next livestream between the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and the World Trade Center Los Angeles zooms out to interrogate racism and racial inequality globally, specifically towards African nations. The conversation will be led by Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, MD & African Union Ambassador to the US (2016-2019), Ben Murray-Bruce, former Nigerian Senator (2015-2019) & founder of the Silverbird Group, and Grant Harris, CEO of Harris Africa Partners & former Senior Director for African Affairs at the White House.

Dr. Chihombori Quao, Mr. Murray-Bruce and Mr. Harris will discuss the unfair treatment of African Nations by corporations and international institutions, and what policies and guidelines governments, corporations and institutions can develop to address these inequalities and unfair practices. Unequal health outcomes in many African Nations from the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the unequal global allocation of health resources, is just one pressing example. The discussion will focus on historic and contemporary examples of institutionalized racism towards the continent of Africa within global economic structures and business. The conversation will be moderated by WTCLA president, Stephen Cheung.

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H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD is the former Representative to the African Union Mission in Washington DC, where she worked tirelessly towards fulfilling her mandate to undertake, develop and maintain relationships between the African Union and the Executive and Legislative branches of the US Government, the African Diplomatic Corps, the Africans in the Diaspora and the Bretton Woods Institutions. Additionally, H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori Quao MD has been actively involved in various programs and projects of the African Union. In 2012, she became the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI), where she was involved in mobilizing the African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare needs of the African continent. Prior to her appointment, Her Excellency was a renowned Family Medicine Doctor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she practiced medicine for over 25 years. 

Ben Murray-Bruce is a former senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the Bayelsa East constituency, in the Bayelsa State. He is also the founder of the Silverbird Group, a multinational company with diversified properties in Radio, Television, Real Estate, and Cinema. Murray-Bruce served as Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority from 1999 to 2003. He is currently a Member of the Board of National Arts Theatre, Nigerian Film Corporation, Federal Films Censors Board, National Film Distribution Company and Nigerian Anti- Piracy Action Committee

Grant Harris is CEO of Harris Africa Partners, a consultancy that advises companies, nonprofits and universities on strategy, policy, and political risk in Africa. Harris served for four years as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on sub-Saharan Africa, as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the White House. In this role, he conceived of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which generated $37 billion in new commitments to support trade, investment, and development across Africa. Harris also initiated President Obama’s Doing Business in Africa Campaign and launched the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative. He also teaches on doing business in emerging markets at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen Cheung (moderator) is the Executive Vice President of LAEDC and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). Cheung leads investment attraction to the LA County region on behalf of both LAEDC and WTCLA, and facilitates the successful location of new businesses, projects, and deals from both international and U.S. investors into the region. He also supports international trade and international connections for organizations based in LA County. Prior to his current role, Stephen Cheung was the Secretary-General of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles.


Photo: Nairobi, Kenya, April 18, 2020 - AP photo by Brian Inganga

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