November 2019

Topic: Why African Countries Rank Low in the 2019 Economic Freedom Index

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube, Facebook Live

Date: November 30, 2019

Time: 11:00 am EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Ridwan Sorunke, Joshua Meservey, Tanja Porcnik

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guests

Ridwan Sorunke is the founder of PolicyVault.Africa, a senior advisor to the Africa FinTech Summit, and an emerging markets consultant for A-M-Z Group.


Ridwan has worked at the nexus of development, business, and public policy at Dalberg Advisors, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), ACIOE Associates, Johns Hopkins University, US Nigeria Business Council, and Procter & Gamble. Over the years, he has helped several multinational corporations and tech startups develop impact-focused projects, forge strategic partnerships, and navigate complex economic and regulatory hurdles in Africa.


Ridwan holds a master’s degree in international economics and international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University.”


Tanja Porčnik is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Porčnik is a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, as well as president and co-founder of the Visio Institute. She is co-author of The Human Freedom Index.

She was formerly a senior fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Government Teaching Fellow of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic (a joint program of the Georgetown University and The Fund for American Studies), and a Research Associate & Manager of External Relations of the Cato Institute.

Joshua Meservey is Senior Policy Analyst, Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation. He specializes in African geopolitics, counterterrorism, and refugee policy. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and extended his service to work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2009, he joined Church World Service (CWS) based out of Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled extensively in East and Southern Africa interviewing refugees. He ended his time at CWS as Field Team Manager responsible for a multinational team of nearly 100 staff. In 2012, he worked at the US Army Special Operations Command and helped write an Army concept paper, and in 2014 joined the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center before leaving as an Associate Director to join the Heritage Foundation.


October 2019

Topic: Xenophobia, Toleration, & African Integration

Platform: Zoom.us, YouTube, Facebook Live

Date: October 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: Sara Gon, Seyi Gesinde

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org


About the Guests

Sara Gon is the Head of Strategic Engagement at the South African Institute of Race Relations, the country’s oldest think tank. Seyi Gesinde is the Editor of Tribune Online, Nigeria’s foremost news platform, and a foreign news editor for Tribune. He is an award-winning journalist and a fact-checking expert.

September 2019

Topic: Why Africa Failed to Develop in the Post-Colonial Era

Platform: Zoom.us

Date: September 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm West Africa Time, 6:00 pm South Africa Time

Guest: George Ayittey, Ph.D

Host: Ibrahim Anoba, Managing Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

About the Guest

Dr. George Ayittey is a Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute; Founder and President of the Free Africa Foundation; and formerly a Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University. He is the author of numerous op-eds for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. 

He writes columns for African-owned publications including The African Letter, African Continent News, Africa News Weekly, and African Forum. His books include “Africa in Chaos,” “Indigenous African Institutions,” “The Blueprint for Ghana’s Economic Recovery,” and “Africa Betrayed.”

This event is partly based on the guest’s latest book, ‘Applied Economics For Africa‘ (download here). We recommend you read the book before the event.


Admission to this online event is limited.