Zoom Webinar: The Strategic U.S.-Africa Partnership

An educated discussion about the strategic partnership between the United States and African nations.

Confirmed Participants:
Moderator: Justin Russell, NYCFPA Principal Director


Emily Leslie: Emily is a politician with a background in behavioral health and international human rights law.  She has worked as a legislative coordinator for Amnesty International and specializes in extremism and snd women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Michael Rubin: Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he specializes in Iran, Turkey, and the broader Middle East. He also regularly teaches classes at sea about Middle East conflicts, culture, terrorism, and the Horn of Africa to deployed US Navy and Marine units. A former Pentagon official, Dr. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, and both pre- and postwar Iraq, and he spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. 

Omar Arouna: Ambassador Omar Arouna, MBA is the Managing Partner of the U.S Africa Cybersecurity Group a US-based collaborative organization designed to foster the development and implementation of cybersecurity strategies and initiatives in the public and private sectors taking into account scientific, technological, economic and financial, political, and sociocultural dimensions of the “whole of society” in Africa.  He is also the Founder and CEO of GlobalSpecialty LLC. (GSL) a leading international business development firm focused on developing business opportunities on the African continent. He advises U.S. companies and organizations on strategy, policy, and mitigating risk with respect to doing business in Africa.  He is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Benin to the U.S. and Mexico and Benin former, representative to the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Financial Corporation in Washington, D.C.. He engaged with U.S. development agencies on behalf of the country.

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Meeting ID: 935 6340 2353

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