Jake Bright is financial consultant, producer, and writer, publishing as a contributing editor and independently. He is a Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and contributing writer for Bloomberg LP’s Bloomberg Institute, where he covers economics, finance, and emerging markets. Bright is also active in driving thought leadership programming as a producer, moderator, and speaker in various forums. Bright maintains a research and writing focus on business and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes founding and co-producing “The New Business of Africa” series at the Foreign Policy Association, publishing in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Bloomberg’s proprietary Brief, and The Financial Times and completing feature interviews with leading figures Dambisa Moyo, Rosa Whitaker, Eddy Njoroge, Tony Elumelu, and Bob Collymore. He has worked in Africa in several capacities and traveled extensively on the continent. Prior to his current activities, Bright spent 10 years in international finance as an officer at The Bank of New York Mellon. Before that he served in the Clinton administration in The Department of Commerce and on White House staff as a speechwriter and chief aid to senior international economic advisers. This included work and travel in Africa. Bright earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations with certificates in African studies and international development from Michigan State University, where he graduated with honors. He also attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he attained a Master of International Affairs degree concentrated in international economics and diplomacy.