30 under 30 - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah
28Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
B.A. (Econ/ Poli Sci double); JD ’08Profession:
Political Risk AnalystCurrent Position:
Analyst, Middle East & Africa, (Eurasia Group New York)Previous Position(s):
Senior Associate, Fixed Income, Thomson Financial; Intern, US Senator Patrick Leahy
When did you start doing what it is you’re doing?
How did you get into it?
Saw the president of the Eurasia Group, Ian Bremmer on CNBC and contacted him to pitch my skills.
What was your best day on the job?
When a couple of clients made money on cocoa and crude futures after my call on the end to Cote d’Ivoire’s civil war and continued unrest in Nigeria
When in March Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor escaped from captivity in Nigeria and nearly topeodoed a summit between Presidents Bush and Obasanjo
If you could change one aspect of your job, what would it be?
Do more trips to Africa with clients
What quality has most enabled your success?
Common sense, self criticism and humor
What did you spend your first bonus on?
Pay for evening law school classes at Rutgers
Most memorable encounter with ageism?
When passport control at JFK couldn’t identify me from my old passport picture
Whats on your iPod right now?
Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen
Are you reading anything?
Roy Jenkins “Churchill” and Dostoyevsky “The Idiot”
What do you hope to be doing in ten years? Twenty?
In ten - advising on private equity purchases in Africa; In twenty - applying Lee Kwan Yiu and Mahathir Mohammad’s ideas in Ghana
Sushi or burgers?