Aarti is currently responsible for The Cobalt Partners’ advisory business in several countries in Africa, engaging with clients on their strategies, workflows and technology. Throughout her career, Aarti has focused on helping clients define the problems they want to solve, particularly where disparate stakeholders are involved or earlier attempts have failed, and on bringing about holistic, sustainable solution that encompasses people, processes and technology. She speaks on twenty-first century themes impacting governments and businesses. Aarti was Thomson Reuters Head of Government Relations for Africa from May 2013 to June 2016. She was responsible for the firm’s engagement with the public sector across the region, supporting its priorities in the areas of attracting investment, enabling trade, developing the financial sector, managing natural resources and public finances (reducing illicit financial flows, managing debt, increasing revenues), strengthening the rule of law and driving innovation. Prior to this, Aarti led the developed markets business for Thomson Reuters Global Growth Organisation, enabling the financial and professional services in industrialised economies to make investment, trading and advisory decisions on rapidly professionalising ones, and vice versa. She also hosted government and private sector delegations from China, Brazil, India and other growth markets in New York, London and continental Europe. From 2006 to 2011, Aarti managed Thomson Reuters strategic accounts business in South Asia, at a time when many global financial institutions were offshoring and/or outsourcing research, banking, valuations and other functions to India, and increasing their domestic presence in the region. Earlier, Aarti was global business development manager for one of Reuters largest Dutch-based clients, based in Amsterdam. Aarti was previously based in Nairobi as Reuters marketing manager for sub-Saharan Africa, and has held various business development and project management roles in London. She joined Reuters in 1992 with a degree in French and Computer Science from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.