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Jake Bright is a writer, award winning author, and strategic advisor in New York. He publishes and consults on global business, politics, and technology with an expertise on Africa. Bright also writes select features on topics such as culture, motorsport, and outdoor sports. His articles have received "Best Business Column" distinction by The Week and span features for The New YorkerThe Financial Times,  FortuneThe Washington PostThe Daily BeastU.S. News & World Report, World Economic Forum, TechCrunch, and Bloomberg. Bright is a frequent commentator on media outlets and speaker at venues such as TEDx, the World Affairs Council, and Council on Foreign Relations. He has co-produced high level forums with partners including Newsweek, PwC, TechCrunch, Facebook, and the Carlyle Group. His first book, The Next Africa, won an Axiom Best Business Book Award. 

Jake began his career in the U.S. Department of Commerce and on White House staff as a speechwriter and chief aide to senior international economic advisors. He then worked as a  bank officer in international finance. 

Bright earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and graduate degree from Columbia University. He is an avid fan of music, motorcycles, and outdoor sports. He competes recreationally in running, open water swimming, and alpine skiing.  Jake was born and raised in Northern Michigan.