Harriet Kariuki is a young analyst from Kenya with an interest in Chinese investments in Africa. Her specialty is in the African startup space, where she has worked with several startups in different capacities such as creating disruptive sales, business development, and social media strategies. She has specifically focused on innovation in Africa’s informal economy, working across diverse industries, from financial services to government policies to professional childcare services for corporates.

As a Research Analyst at Botho Emerging Markets Group, dedicated to Africa-focused investment advisory and strategy consulting, Kariuki is in charge of identifying African opportunities and facilitating local and/or foreign investment. In this capacity, she also works with Chinese investors interested in the region. In her free time, she writes analytical pieces on Africa’s leapfrogging ability with growing investment (such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative) as well as tech startups in the region.

Kariuki holds an M.A. in Economics from Peking University and a B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She has lived in several East Asian countries and speaks Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin.

Last Updated: November 21, 2018

The Promise and Peril of Chinese Tech Investment in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
In this week's show, we bring you two perspectives on the promise and peril of increased Chinese technology investment in Africa.Harriet Kariuki is an emerging markets analyst in Kenya where she surveys the digital landscape and local start-up...