My interest in Africa stems from a three-year volunteer term spent in the Southern African nation of Lesotho in the late 1990s. Like many other visitors to the region, I returned home a card-carrying Afrophile. In the years since, I’ve sought to remain as engaged with the continent as possible. This has taken many forms. I’ve worked as a human rights advocate and writer, and, most recently, as an equity analyst and fund manager. Through my blog, I attempt to spotlight African companies that contribute to human development while delivering market-beating returns to their investors.
Belgrad Kenne is Founder at Phase One Associates Ltd, a research firm specializing in Sub Sahara African Frontier Equity Markets. Prior to that, he worked for investment firms operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia where he travelled regularly. Belgrad has over 5 years of investment experience analyzing publicly traded and privately held companies operating in Sub Sahara Africa. Belgrad has authored several articles on Frontier Markets and investments in Africa including "Redefining African Frontier Markets" featured in various publications online.
A Zambian-based professional with a keen interest in stocks, ETFs (especially those with exposure to Africa) and innovative investment ideas.
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I write about emerging and frontier markets in Asia. I now primarily contribute work to Forbes Asia. My most recent work and my complete bio can be found on Forbes Asia's site:
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I would like to thank Seeking Alpha's editorial staff for giving me a start in this profession. In particular I would like to thank George Moriarty and Eli Hoffman.
I will contribute still to Seeking Alpha from time to time as the opportunity presents itself.
The picture is a young man pole-vaulting a bull in Pamplona, Spain, as part of the festivities around the annual running of the bulls. "Play with the bull, avoid the horns."
Robert G. Roach is an executive with AmericaFirst Capital Management, LLC. (www.afcm-quant.com), an investment manager that manages a family of quantitative mutual funds focused on income, defensive growth, absolute return, quantitative trends and long/short investment strategies. The funds utilize data driven, backtested investment research to create rules based investment models that take the emotion out of the investment decision process. Information on the funds may be found at www.AmericaFirstFunds.com. Mr. Roach has more than 25 years of investment and investment banking experience. He received a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA in Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Mr. Roach is also on the Board of Trustees of the Nile Capital Investment Trust, investment managers for Africa focused mutual fund (www.nilecapital.com). Mr. Roach may be contacted at email@example.com.
Michal Slawny joined Seeking Alpha in August 2008 as the contributor relations manager where she builds and strengthens relationships with SA's contributors. She also oversees new contributor intake, creates contributor newsletters, and manages SA's author database.
Prior to joining Seeking Alpha, Michal was the media communications assistant for The Israel Project, an organization dedicated to educating the press and the public about Israel by providing journalists, leaders, and opinion-makers accurate information about Israel. Among other things, in this role Michal was involved in the inception and implementation of press events which were covered by major media outlets ranging from NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and Fox News to the Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent (London). She also conducted research, wrote and edited press material, and created and updated Web page content.
In 2005, Michal interned with Manning Selvage & Lee, one of the world's leading public relations firms. She also gained extensive public relations experience at Koteret Public Relations in Tel Aviv, where she was responsible for writing press releases and organizing photo shoots pitched to the Israeli and international press. Slawny graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism, focusing on public relations, and a B.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. While there, Slawny was heavily involved in student activism and reinstated Dawgs for Israel, heading the group for almost three years.
Michal may be reached at mslawny [at] seekingalpha.com.
Debbie has just completed her sophomore year at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA where she is pursuing a double major in Business and International and Global Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science.
She is excited to join the Contributor Development team at Seeking Alpha!
My interest in Africa stems from a three-year volunteer term spent in the Southern African nation of Lesotho in the late 1990s. Like many other visitors to the region, I returned home a card-carrying Afrophile.
In the years since, I’ve sought to remain as engaged with the continent as possible. This has taken many forms. I’ve worked as a human rights advocate and writer, and, most recently, as an equity analyst and fund manager.
Through my blog, I attempt to spotlight African companies that contribute to human development while delivering market-beating returns to their investors.