The ARC Insider
A podcast series of Africa-focused conversations, launched in March 2020.
We wanted to sit down with a broad range of trailblazers in African affairs and shine a spotlight on political, economic, social, technological and cultural news across the continent.
About the ARC Insider Podcast
Former BBC correspondent Karen Allen and Tara O’Connor, the founder of Africa Risk Consulting, co-produce and co-host the 30-minute podcast. Both have spent most of their lives living and working across the continent and live and breathe African affairs.
The ARC Insider is the only regular podcast which provides an informed, independent analysis of frontier African markets that synthesises political risks and commercial opportunities.
Guests have included: Professor Thuli Madonsela – former Public Protector of South Africa and current Chair of Social Justice in the Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University, Emma Wade-Smith – the UK’s trade commissioner for Africa, Lord Peter Hain, Kenyan political cartoonist Patrick Gathara, University of the Witwatersrand’s Professor Helen Rees and Kenya’s former anti-corruption Tsar John Githongo.
The ARC Insider has attracted a wide-ranging audience including businesspeople with existing interests on the continent, emerging African entrepreneurs, investors, travelers, students and public sector workers. Some of our listeners report they are new to Africa and eager to know more.
Meet our guests
Lord Hain has 12 years of senior United Kingdom (UK) cabinet and government experience including chairing the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Born in Nairobi (Kenya) and brought up in apartheid South Africa, Lord Hain was instrumental in leading Britain’s anti-apartheid movement.
Thulisile Nomkhosi “Thuli” Madonsela is a South African advocate and professor of law, holding a chair in social justice at Stellenbosch University since January 2018. She served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016. In 1996, she helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then-President Nelson Mandela.