Ben Leo is CEO and Co-Founder of Fraym, a geospatial data analytics company focused on the African continent. He also is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Mr. Leo has conducted extensive applied research on African statistical systems, data acquisition methods, and African infrastructure and financing issues. His work has been cited in numerous major media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, USA Today, Mail and Guardian, CNBC Africa, This Day, The Standard, and Daily Nation.
Previously he served as Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign. In 2011, he worked for the African Union as a facilitator and technical expert in the secession negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. Leo has worked at the White House as the Director for African Affairs, advising the President and national security advisor on central, eastern, and southern Africa and economic issues. Additionally, he helped design and implement several development initiatives at the US Treasury, including the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative and US-Africa Financial Sector Initiative.