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An Evening with June Arunga
Mercy Corps Action Center
Portland, OR
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An Evening with June Arunga
Join us Monday, May 9, at 7 pm, for An Evening with June Arunga, founder and CEO of Open Quest Media, a documentary production company. The event takes place at the Mercy Corps Action Center (28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204); doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, call 503-896-5002, opt. 4, or email

Tickets are $10 (Regular) and $5 (Students).

In 2003, June Arunga was a young Kenyan law student when she set out on a trip across Africa  -- over 5,000 miles from Cairo to Cape Town --  with a BBC TV film crew to answer an increasingly vexing and personal question: Why is Africa so poor? The trip took her from war zones, mining towns, and refugee camps to Desmond Tutu's living room. She visited people displaced by the 30-year war over oil in Sudan, and UN peacekeepers while rebels "threatened to slit my throat and eat my flesh." That trip is documented in "The Devil's Footpath,", released in 2004.

Since then she's come up with creative answers to her question, one of which comes in the form of a mobile banking company for small business owners. Called Black Star Lines, the company is focused on the African market and provides a valuable education in finance as much as it does a much needed banking service. She remains an equity partner today.

More recently, Arunga founded and is CEO for Open Quest Media, a film and TV production company, based in New York. She has also been featured in at least five documentaries exploring trade, migration, property and wealth in Africa, as well as participating in numerous television and radio programs on a variety of related public policy issues.

Named in the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Arunga grew up in Kenya and acquired a law degree from the University of Buckingham. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of globalization and economic development. Ms. Arunga is on the board of advisers for Mercy Corps' Global Envision, and is a Senior Fellow at Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy.



Mercy Corps Action Center
28 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

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