Mark Ashurst

Mark Ashurst is a former speechwriter for President Nelson Mandela and Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. He founded the Africa Research Institute, a Westminster-based think tank and served as executive director from 2006-2010.

Besides deep experience in southern, eastern and west Africa, his work has spanned the public and private sectors, most recently as Director of Marketing and Communications for Circle Economy, a business-backed accelerator in Amsterdam, and previously as Global Director of Thought Leadership for Philips Lighting. He is a graduate of University College Oxford; Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar.

Recent publications:

The Day After Mugabe (Edited collection, w. Gugulethu Moyo), Africa Research Institute, 2007
The Next Republic: South Africa After Polokwane, Africa Research Institute, 2008
Bunge Lenye Meno: A Parliament with Teeth, for Tanzania (w. Samuel Sitta, Willibrod Slaa, John Cheyo), ARI, 2008
Going Public: How Africa's Integration Can Work for the Poor, Africa Research Institute (2010)