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.