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Future Africa: "Sharks, Spies, and Science"

Date:April 24, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Location:Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Faculty House, Seminar Room
Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Tamara Plummer by sending email to or by calling 212-851-9406.

The Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University will host, "Future Africa: "Sharks, Spies and Science'" with J.M. (Jonathan) Ledgard.

The technology choices Africa makes in the next decade will help determine whether it becomes competitive or unmanageable. This informal talk will overview Africa's security and environmental challenges, underline its economic potential, and get beyond ICT to identify areas where science will be decisive.

Ledgard is a leading thinker on risk and technology in Africa. He is director of the new Afrotech lab at EPFL in Switzerland and Africa correspondent at large of The Economist. He has reported from 50 countries and several wars for The Economist, with a focus on politics, security, environment and science, and has published two acclaimed novels, Giraffe (2007) and Submergence (2013).

 A light lunch will be provided. RSVP IS REQUIRED.

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