Yaya Moussa

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Biography: Dr Yaya Moussa

Born in Cameroon, Dr Yaya Moussa is an entrepreneur with decades of experience in Europe, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. For most of his career Dr Moussa has worked in finance, including as a senior credit analyst with IBCA, a rating agency in Paris and London, and as a senior financial manager with Caisse des Depôts et Consignations in Paris, where he oversaw the finances of more than 400 public private partnerships. He has also held several roles at the IMF, including as an advisor to an executive director, a senior economist in the fiscal affairs department, and resident representative in the Republic of Congo.

Dr Moussa’s current interests include Africa Prime (formerly known as Africa Today TV), a premium streaming service based in the United States and dedicated to celebrating Africa’s talent and successes from, and investment in mature oil fields in Africa. Dr Moussa has also recently launched Africa Prime Initiative (API), the philanthropic arm of Africa Prime, to support emerging African talent across a spectrum of visual arts, including film, photography, and contemporary art.

Dr Moussa has also written several business papers and sector reports, including acclaimed surveys of the European venture capital industry and of the European insurance industry published by Eurostaf Dafsa, a French consultancy. Dr Moussa was once a lecturer in financial management at the University of Paris X-III. At the IMF, he published a cross-country study on public financial management in Africa. Dr Moussa recently published a series of three articles on the reset of USA-Africa relations under the shadow of USA-China competition in Africa. Dr. Moussa is a former vice-chairman for International Affairs on the Board of the World Affairs Council, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts.

Dr Moussa earned a Ph.D. (thesis on venture capital in France) from Paris-Dauphine. University. He also holds several other graduate degrees, including a degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Columbia University, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Master of Science from Oxford University. As part of his MBA, Dr Moussa wrote a thesis on the management of oil contracts in Congo.

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