Hubert Danso
South Africa
Hubert Danso
  • CEO and Vice Chair, Africa Investor (Financial Services, Media)
Born London, U.K., 1970. LLB Business Law, London Guildhall (1991); LLM Int. Commercial Law, University of Sussex (1996).
“[O]nly 12–15 percent of all of our trade … is actually intra-African. So there’s a huge opportunity there, and a need, to build that out.””

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Hubert Danso, CEO of Africa Investor (Ai) Group, discusses the challenges of heading an investment holding company that advises institutional investors, governments, and financial institutions on infrastructure investments in Africa. He relates his growing awareness of the critical need to attract international investment to Africa as stemming from his early experience working at the International Chamber of Commerce. He recounts his strategies for encouraging investment in different African countries, his relations with potentially powerful Chinese investors, and the essential role that private-sector investment has played in developing Africa’s infrastructure. He further discusses his efforts to build offices in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as in South Africa, in order to secure deep knowledge of these regional markets.

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Hubert Danso, CEO of Africa Investor (Ai) Group, discusses the challenges of heading an investment holding company that advises institutional investors, governments, and financial institutions on infrastructure investments in Africa. He relates his growing awareness of the critical need to attract international investment to Africa as stemming from his early experience working at the International Chamber of Commerce. He recounts his strategies for encouraging investment in different African countries, his relations with potentially powerful Chinese investors, and the essential role that private-sector investment has played in developing Africa’s infrastructure. He further discusses his efforts to build offices in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as in South Africa, in order to secure deep knowledge of these regional markets.
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Hubert Danso, Chair of the South-African based financial services group African Investor, explains how in West Africa in the 2010s government officials increasingly have a private sector background and are interested in engaging in infrastructure-related investments.


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Hubert Danso, Chair of the South Africa-based financial services and media company Africa Investor, explains the appeal of Chinese investment to some African governments and businesses, and his own company's involvement in the Chinese investment scene.



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Hubert Danso, Chair of the South-African based financial services group African Investor, argues that making greater use of the African diaspora offers a huge business opportunity for Africa.


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"Interview with Hubert Danso, interviewed by Emmanuel Akyeamgpong, April 17, 2015, Creating Emerging Markets Project, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, http://www.hbs.edu/creating-emerging-markets/."