Publisher Sam Khan
elcome to the winter edition of Aspire Africa, where once again the team is happy to keep you up to date with Africa’s most significant stories, from the continent’s incredible entrepreneurial work, to advances in resources, IT and infrastructure, and much more. The fourth edition of the publication has a focus on East African architectural firm Beglin Woods. We spoke with co-founder David Beglin to find out how the firm has become one of the most respected in its field in the region. Elsewhere, we take a closer look at the debate between centralised and decentralised power, imagine the future of African cities and visit one of Nairobi’s most luxurious hotel accommodations, the DusitD2.
Media Director Tabrez Khokhar
Associate Editor Sales Director Nicholas Paul Griffin Yasser Khokhar Editorial Contributors Alexander Marshall William Brent African Real Estate
Publication Layout Zahir Malik Web Production Raizwan Butt
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There is also a special feature reflecting on the inaugural MTN Entrepreneurial Challenge powered by Jumia, offering a glimpse at some of the truly outstanding African projects that are gaining recognition and changing lives. We hope that the New Year begins well and continues likewise, and are looking forward to having the opportunity to explore more African success stories in 2017 and beyond. From all the team, we wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Until next time. Nicholas Paul Griffin Associate Editor
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Published on Jan 2, 2017