Contemporary developments in Africa have been marked by the widespread shift from Afro-pessimism and a “hopeless continent” just over a decade ago, to Afro-euphoria and a “rising Africa” today. But the business revolution and domestic growth in African economies makes political risks directly relevant for business structure and strategy. As a political risk expert, my expertise focuses on how businesses can sustain operations in complex environments. My presentation helps firms, industries, investors, business decision-makers, market players, policymakers and national governments anticipate, handle and recover from political risks that are potentially catastrophic. I help clients identify major shifts on the continent and the risks and opportunities they present. • National Development Plans/Plans de Emergence: Presently, at least thirty-four (34) African countries have adopted new national visions and long-term plans, while about eighteen (18) African countries have adopted the idea of “plan de emergence” based on certain visions and principles; • Bilateral Agreements/Economic Partnership Agreements: Today, Africa has a bilateral agreement with virtually every major country in the world: US-Africa, China-Africa, India-Africa, Dubai-Africa, and the EU Fifty-Year Plan for Africa; • Africa’s Resource Boom: This is not the first boom in Africa, but resource-rich countries in Africa are yet to identify the strong points of this boom and transform it for development purposes through the development of local content capacities; • Socio-Political Context: Despite the “Africa rising” narrative, these developments are occurring in a context where Africa remains deeply unequal, fragmented and exclusionary; where democracy has failed to express the democratic will and aspirations of the people; and where African states have been severely weakened and unable to seize the policy space and deliver on the project of development; • Global Institutional Settings: These refers to global institutions that ground their own survival and relevance in the future of the African continent. The UN system, for instance, positions itself as an important interlocutor on the future of the African continent; What do these developments mean for business? What do these mean for the capacity of these countries to engender domestic development? My presentation helps clients to understand and assess the dual forms of risk and opportunities inherent in these socio-political contexts: The tactical and Strategic. Tactical Political Risk Assessment: Helps clients to think of the many and urgent tasks which require immediate attention by examining questions of “here” and “now”, and understanding the present and imminent challenges, risks or opportunities they present; Strategic Political Risk Assessment: Help clients examine broad range questions and assessments through prospective foresight that peers into the future to better understand possibilities and trends for the future.