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Yasmin founded Africa Foresight Group (AFG) in 2015 to follow her passion of fostering local economic value creation in Africa. She is a Ghanaian-German senior business consultant with extensive working experience in the consumer goods and financial services sector, the research of family business groups and agriculture in African markets. She is a Harambean (’16) and has also been appointed Executive Director of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, the leading network for young talented entrepreneurs from Africa. AFG counters myths about doing business in Africa: that there is a talent scarcity in Africa, that reliable market data is difficult to find, and that there are no good African business models. Through its advisory practice, research desk, and think tank AFG provides access to high-quality talent, exchanges with successful business models, and connections to local industry champions. Prior to founding AFG, she worked as a senior consultant for McKinsey & Company for 5 years advising clients in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa in the consumer goods and banking industry. She also led the monitoring division of an agricultural development project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Accra that promoted the integration of the cashew nut value chain in West Africa.
Square Kilometre Array
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s leading instrument in radio astronomy for the next generation, and will be substantially based in southern Africa. The SKA is designed to answer questions about the fundamental physics of black holes, the evolution of galaxies, and to test General Relativity to breaking point. It is providing a vehicle for human capital development in physics and electrical and electronic engineering, as well as providing a high-speed fibre data network in African countries.
The MeerKAT telescope in the Karoo desert, is a precursor instrument to the SKA. It has been designed by a collaboration of European and African astronomers and engineers, and will be used for astronomical observations by international teams co-led by scientists from African universities and the University of Oxford, to investigate problems in Cosmology, the early history of the Universe, Black Holes, Transient phenomena, and Radio Pulsars. The full telescope will be made up of 64 parabolic antennas like the ones shown in the photos here, and preliminary operations have just commenced. We look forward to reporting the initial results in 2017!