The ARC Insider
The ARC Insider, Episode 24: Regional rifts and trade partnerships - In conversation with Sonal Sejpal, one of Kenya’s most notable figures in finance and trade.

The ARC Insider, Episode 24: Regional rifts and trade partnerships - In conversation with Sonal Sejpal, one of Kenya’s most notable figures in finance and trade.

March 26, 2021

Karen and Tara discuss recent socio-political developments from across Africa, including the announcement of the death of Tanzania’s President John Magufuli and the escalating unrest in Senegal.

This week, the presenters are joined by a very special guest, Sonal Sejpal - a leading figure in the world of East African finance and trade. Sonal helped to establish East Africa’s largest legal practice, Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates. She is a staunch advocate for women in the law and now chairs the British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya. Sonal joins the episode from Nairobi and conversations include an analysis of Kenya’s economic outlook, the country’s new trade deal with the UK and gender equality in law and business. 

The ARC Insider, Episode 23: The good guys and the bad guys - Africa’s vaccine arms-race and the lessons learnt from HIV & Aids

The ARC Insider, Episode 23: The good guys and the bad guys - Africa’s vaccine arms-race and the lessons learnt from HIV & Aids

February 22, 2021

It's a race against time to vaccinate the continent as Covid-19 mutates. This week, Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor speak with Professor Helen Rees - an internationally renowned scientist, recognised for her work on vaccines, HIV prevention and reproductive health. 

Professor Rees, “a doctor activist” long before she became a “doctor scientist”, talks about the moral and economic imperative of equalising access to coronavirus vaccines. 

The ARC Insider, Episode 22: Fist fights, oil rights and the biggest shake up in Nigeria’s energy sector in a generation.

The ARC Insider, Episode 22: Fist fights, oil rights and the biggest shake up in Nigeria’s energy sector in a generation.

February 10, 2021
Fist fights oil rights and the biggest shake up in Nigeria's energy sector in a generation.
 
Join Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor in conversation with Energy Analyst Najim Animashaun on why it has taken more than a decade to get new legislation in place to break up the state owned petroleum giant.

 

The ARC Insider, Episode 21: Goodbye, Mr Trump - back to the business of Africa

The ARC Insider, Episode 21: Goodbye, Mr Trump - back to the business of Africa

January 25, 2021

Karen Allen and Tara O’Connor discuss key socio-political events from across the African continent from Uganda’s election to the impact the rollout of vaccines against Covid-19 could have on African economies. 

This week, Karen and Tara are joined by Benjamin Haley, partner in the Johannesburg office of Covington & Burling. Ben shares his insights on the impact of the US presidential election on Africa, the African companies going global and where to draw the line on client entertaining...

The ARC Insider, Episode 20: Food for Thought - How Digitisation is Disrupting Food Distribution in Kenya

The ARC Insider, Episode 20: Food for Thought - How Digitisation is Disrupting Food Distribution in Kenya

December 23, 2020

For the last episode of the year, Tara and Karen give a whistle-stop tour of current news stories from across Africa. This week’s guest is a dynamic man from the world of food. A former East African Coca-Cola executive voted among the top 100 business leaders in Africa by Forbes Afrique, Peter Njonjo is the founder of Twiga Foods, the Kenya business-to-business food distribution platform which is disrupting the way small store holders in cities like Nairobi access produce from farms, bypassing the middleman and using the latest digital technology to force prices down.

The ARC Insider, Episode 19: “Getting stuff done” in Nigeria’s tech sector. In conversation with Maya Horgan Famodu, Nigeria’s award winning entrepreneur venture capitalist

The ARC Insider, Episode 19: “Getting stuff done” in Nigeria’s tech sector. In conversation with Maya Horgan Famodu, Nigeria’s award winning entrepreneur venture capitalist

December 7, 2020

This week Tara O'Connor and Karen Allen speak with Nigeria’s award winning entrepreneur venture capitalist Maya Horgan Famodu.

Maya's talent spotting led to an early investment in Paystack, now the subject of a $200m buyout.

 

‘Tis the season to be voting… In conversation with Todd Moss, former US Deputy Assistant Head of State for Africa

‘Tis the season to be voting… In conversation with Todd Moss, former US Deputy Assistant Head of State for Africa

November 15, 2020

This week Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor cover elections inside and outside of Africa with a particular focus on how the US election results might impact US-Africa relations. They are joined by Todd Moss, the former US Deputy Assistant Head of State for Africa and diplomatic thriller writer. 

The ARC Insider, Episode 17 - The science of survival

The ARC Insider, Episode 17 - The science of survival

October 9, 2020

The science of survival -  Epidemiologist and Philosopher Alex Broadbent makes a return visit to The Arc Insider to offer Africa's scorecard on managing the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Join this and our regular canter through African current affairs in The Arc Insider 17.

The ARC Insider, Episode 16 - It takes two to tango - in conversation with Lord Peter Hain

The ARC Insider, Episode 16 - It takes two to tango - in conversation with Lord Peter Hain

September 14, 2020

This week, Tara O'Connor and Karen Allen are joined by Lord Peter Hain; they discuss corporate corruption in Africa, his involvement in the Zondo Commission and the inspiration for his latest thriller on dirty money and Rhinos - The Rhino Conspiracy. 

 

The ARC Insider, Episode 15 - Greed in the time of corona and fixing the world or fixing the party

The ARC Insider, Episode 15 - Greed in the time of corona and fixing the world or fixing the party

August 27, 2020
This week Karen Allen and Tara O'Connor are joined by Ferial Haffajee - one of Africa's most formidable journalists. Ferial talks about greed and corruption in the time of corona. 
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