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Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
Bios for Think Tanks and the Transformation of Africa First African Continental Think Tank Summit Pretoria South Africa February 3-5 2014
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  • 1. , CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT BIOS AS OF JANUARY 28, 2014
  • 2. , The vast majority of participant bios that are included in the Summit Program have been submitted to us in response to our request to all the participants. Exceptions occur in the cases where no information was submitted by the pre-Summit deadline. Any profiles lacking current information were researched in the most thorough way possible and were included based on information collected from the web and other sources. We apologize in advance to those participants where the information is incomplete or not current but we did our best to create a profile from available information so we included in the Program.
  • 3. , Epiphane Adjovi, Director, Projet de renforcement des capacités en Conception et Analyse des Politiques de Développement (CAPOD) Epiphane Adjovi is the Director of the Projet de renforcement des capacités en Conception et Analyse des Politiques de Développement (Project for Capacity Building in Planning and Analysis of Development Politics) in the Republic of Benin. Mr. Adjovi holds a postgraduate degree in Economic Policy Management from the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI) at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France. He has previously worked as Assistant Technical Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic, Director of Information Processing and Publications at the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis (INSAE), and Director-General of the Economy and Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance and the Economy. John Ahere, Senior Programme Officer, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) John Ahere is a senior program officer in the Peacemaking Unit at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in South Africa. He is a conflict management practitioner with more than a decade of experience in conflict mapping and analysis, training, grassroots community dialogue, negotiation & mediation support, program development & management, organization development, and grants management. He has worked on a number of field engagements, most notably in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is also a researcher with interest in international politics and its linkage to peace, security and development. His book The Paradox that is Diplomatic Recognition: Unpacking the Somaliland Situation was recently published by Anchor Academic Publishing.
  • 4. , Alban Ahoure, Ph.D., Acting Director, Cellule d’Analyse de Politiques Economiques (CAPEC) Dr. Alban Ahoure is the Acting Director of Cellule d’Analyse de Politiques Economiques du Cires (CAPEC), where he also works as a researcher. His specialties include analysis of economic policy, microeconomics, labor economics and human resources, mechanisms of incentives in organizations, and project evaluation and development programs. Dr. Ahoure has worked with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies (CIRES) in economic analysis, contributed to a joint migration research project between the International Development Research Centre and CIRES, and taught at Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Cocody-Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University, Japan. Clement Ahiadeke, Ph.D., Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana Dr. Clement Ahiadeke is a professor and the past director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon. He earned his PhD. in Demography from Cornell University, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He was additionally a post- doctoral fellow at Princeton University. He works on and off as a researcher with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Population Council, both in New York. His research interests include reproductive health, maternal and child nutrition studies, family planning, HIV/AIDS program monitoring and evaluation, design of baseline surveys, and the general application of demographic processes in constructing poverty indicators. Currently, Dr. Ahiadeke is studying how peers, parents, and social support might mediate the correlation of sexual knowledge with sexual outcomes. He is also studying household structure to determine causes of chronic household poverty.
  • 5. , Emmanuel Akwetey, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Democratic Governance Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG.) He has served as a consultant for many parties and organizations focused on Africa, including the government of Ghana, the government of Liberia, the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, and the United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Akwetey recently won the Millennium Excellence Award for the IDEG, in recognition of the organization’s work on democratic development in Ghana for the period 2005-2010. He has a Ph.D. in International Politics and Development from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Ifediora Chimezie Amobi, Ph.D., Executive Director, African Heritage Institution Dr. Ifediora Amobi is the Executive Director of African Heritage Institution. He is an economist and university lecturer with over 25 years of international experience working at the World Bank, the Department for International Development, Citibank and Accenture. He has been an aide to the President of Nigeria advising on national development matters, has managed enterprises, led teams, and initiated work programs in macroeconomic policy, investment, and strategy. He has a passion for community and regional development, investment promotion, and economic empowerment and sustainability. Dr. Ifediora has a Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University in Washington, DC.
  • 6. , Roger B. Atindehou, Ph.D., Manager of Eastern and Southern Africa Operations, African Capacity Building Foundation Dr. Roger Atindehou is Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa Operations Department at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in Harare, Zimbabwe. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from Laval University in Canada. Before joining the ACBF, Dr Atindéhou was the Director of the MBA program in Banking and Finance at the Centre Africain des Études Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG) in Dakar, Senegal. He previously served as Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Moncton, Canada and Chair of the Department of Finance and Accounting at the same. Dr. Atindéhou has also served as Assistant Economic Advisor to the Office of the President of the Republic of Benin. He has analytical and technical experience in economics, finance and development issues. Ann Bernstein, Executive Director, Centre for Development and Enterprise Ann Bernstein is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, regarded by many as South Africa’s leading policy centre. She is also a board member for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995-2001) and the Brenthurst Foundation (2007 - present). She has been a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC (2005/6). Bernstein has been invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos (2008, 2009), and she is a regular commentator in South Africa’s newspapers, TV, and radio. Her book The Case for Business in Developing Economies (Penguin 2010) received favourable reviews in the Economist, the Financial Times, and elsewhere and won the Fisher Award, Washington DC (2012).
  • 7. , Kwabena Boakye, Ph.D., Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, African Capacity Building Foundation Dr. Kwabena G. Boakye holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Idaho. He also holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Currently, Dr. Boakye is an assistant professor of Quantitative Analysis at Georgia Southern University. His research interests include quality improvement, applied statistics, and service innovation. His works have been published in Operations Management Research, Quality Management Journal, The International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, The International Journal of Bank Marketing, and have featured in numerous conference proceedings. Deryck R. Brown, Ph.D., Senior Governance and Public Sector Specialist – Africa Region, World Bank Dr. Deryck R. Brown, a Trinidadian national, is a Senior Governance and Public Sector Specialist in the Africa Region at the World Bank. Since 2011, he has been Task Manager for the World Bank’s support to the ACBF, which has been at the forefront of supporting the creation of African think tanks. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Brown was the Advisor on Governance and Development and Head of the Technical Cooperation and Strategic Response Group at the Governance and Institutional Development Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in the UK in Public Policy and Development.
  • 8. , Gibson Chigumira, Ph.D., Executive Director, Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit Dr. Gibson Chigumira has been Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU) since its inception in March 2004. He holds a Ph.D. Economics Degree from the University of Strathclyde (UK), an MSc in Economics from the University of Glasgow (UK), and a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to joining ZEPARU he worked as a consultant in the Knowledge Management Department for the African Capacity Building Foundation in 2003, and as a researcher and lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Zimbabwe from 1993 to 2003. He has researched and published on diverse topics in macroeconomic policy including mining policy, financial reforms, currency reforms, public enterprise reforms, regional trade and integration, agricultural competiveness and financing, education financing, health financing, and poverty among others. He consulted for a number of regional and international organizations, and the government of Zimbabwe. Dr. Chigumira also sits on a number of boards in both the public and private sectors. Franklin Cudjoe, Founder and CEO, IMANI Center for Policy and Education Franklin Cudjoe is the founding President and CEO of the IMANI Center for Policy and Education. Mr. Cudjoe is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University, and an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education program. He has also studied with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute's Think Tank Training programme. He has a Bsc in Land Economy from KNUST. In 2010 Cudjoe was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was named a fellow of the Africa Leadership Network in 2012, and the only named Think Tank Leader in “Top 50 Africans” list of the respected Africa Report Magazine in 2012.
  • 9. , Barassou Diawara, Ph.D., Knowledge and Learning Officer, African Capacity Building Foundation Barassou Diawara is the Knowledge and Learning Officer at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). At the ABCF, he created and supported the Public Sector Management Training Programs and Economic Policy Management Programs. He was also responsible for the ACBF’s Policy Institutes Committee (PIC) and Africa Capacity Indicators Report (ACIR) initiatives. Dr. Diawara also represented the ACBF at the Effective Institutions Platform (EIP), a summit hosted in Seoul. There, he shared several initiatives related to peer-learning and the use of indicators undertaken by the ACBF in Africa. Dr. Diawara holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Kyushu University in Japan where he was also a research fellow. His areas of expertise include economic education, poverty economics, and applied macroeconomics. Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center Roger-Mark De Souza is the Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience for the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security and livelihoods, including the Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, the Environmental Change and Security Program, and the Maternal Health Initiative. Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as Vice President of Research and director of the climate program at Population Action International. Previously he worked at the Sierra Club, the Population Reference Bureau, and the World Resources Institute. Mr. De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 10. , Holger Dix, Ph.D., Resident Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Dr. Holger Dix joined the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) as project assistant in 1993, and later became country director in Rwanda. He later served as deputy director of the KAS regional Southern Africa office based in Harare Zimbabwe. In August 1995, he was appointed director of the KAS regional Western Africa office in Cotonou, Benin. Between 1995 and 2000, he directed the work of KAS in Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. From 2000 to 2003 he served as Head of Division for West and Central Africa, and from 2003 to 2006 as Director of the Department for Africa and the Middle East. In November 2006, he was appointed Resident Representative of KAS in Romania and Moldova, where he served until 2012. Since August 2012, Dr. Dix has been the Resident Representative of KAS in South Africa. Dr. Dix studied Political Science, History and Communication Sciences at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He graduated as Master of Arts in 1991 and as Doctor of Philosophy in 1996. Bitrina Diyamett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Science, Technology, Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO) Dr. Bitrina Diyamett is Executive Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), an independent think tank dealing with policy research in science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Tanzania. She is a researcher and a consultant in science, technology and innovation policy. She holds an M.A Degree in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University, Sweden (1993), and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam (2010). In addition to her many consultancies and publications, she has joined the Research Policy Institute (RPI) at Lund University as a Faculty member for the training course on Africa’s STI indicators. She was among the resource persons for the course on the Design and Evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in developing countries organized by UNU-MERIT, 22-26th February 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 11. , Hussein Elkamel, Ambassador, Senior International Cooperation advisor, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Hussein Elkamel is the Senior International Cooperation advisor of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, a private think tank. He is the Senior Advisor of the Egyptian governmental think tank, the Cabinet Information & Decision Support Center. A professional diplomat, he has served as Egypt’s ambassador to the EU, Belgian, Luxembourg, Germany, and the UN Headquarters. He now serves as the director of the economic, Middle East, information, and research departments in Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Elkamel is also a trainer, lecturer, training programs coordinator, and Director of the Professional Educational Center. Job Imharobere Eronmhonsele, Senior Programme Officer, Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CEPD) Job Imharobere Eronmhonsele is a senior program officer working with the Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED), a think tank based in Benin City, Nigeria. He joined CPED as a research intern in 2008 after completing his one year’s compulsory time in the National Youth Service Corps in Borno State, Nigeria in 2007. He was later employed as a program officer in 2009 in the same organization, and rose to the position of a Senior Programme Officer in 2012. He has been involved in the implementation of a substantial number of research projects in Nigeria. He is currently Head of the Communications Unit at CPED. He has interest in communicating research outcomes to influence policies and to change behavior.
  • 12. , Kobena Hanson, Ph.D., Head, Knowledge & Learning, ACBF Dr. Kobena Hanson is Head of Knowledge and Learning at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Prior to joining the ACBF, Kobena was the Knowledge Management Coordinator at the Ghana SHARP Project (a USAID/Futures Group International initiative for Ghana). Dr. Hanson has also taught at West Virginia University, Morgantown, United States. He earned a Ph.D. from Queens University, Canada in 2001. Dr. Hanson has published a number of critical articles on development policy, social networking and urban livelihood strategies. Daniel P. Kaboré, Ph.D., Executive Director, Centre d’Analyse des Politiques Économiques et Sociales (CAPES) Dr. Daniel P. Kaboré is the Executive Director of CAPES (Centre d’Analyse des Politiques Économiques et Sociales), a government-funded think tank in Burkina Faso. An agricultural economist by training, he holds a Master of Science in Applied Agricultural Economics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Prior to joining CAPES in 2007, he worked at INERA, Burkina Faso’s national agricultural and environmental research institute as an agricultural economist. Dr. Kaboré has also taught at the Economics department of the University of Ouagadougou. His domains of expertise include agriculture, environmental policy, and natural resource management.
  • 13. , Theunis Keulder, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Namibia Institute for Democracy Theunis Keulder is a founding member of the Namibia Institute for Democracy, and has served as its Executive Director since 1995. In this position he routinely interacts with government institutions, political parties, international donors and organizations, embassies, the media, the private sector and Namibian civic organizations. Programs conducted recently under his leadership include anti-corruption initiatives, the training and deployment of civil society election observers, voter education, technical support to electoral law reform, organisational management assistance and ethics training for Namibian NGOs, as well as technical support to the Namibian Parliament to strengthen its outreach function. He holds an MA from the University of Johannesburg, a Master’s of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa Business School, and certificates in International Capital Markets, Equity Markets and Fixed Interest and Bond Markets. R. Andreas Kraemer, Director, Ecologic Institute R. Andreas Kraemer has been Founding Director of the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany, since 1995 and Founding Chairman of the Ecologic Institute US in Washington, D.C. since 2008. He has been a researcher, teacher, and policy advisor on environment and resources, climate and energy, and international relations and global affairs for nearly 30 years. He is also Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University; Speaker of Ecornet, the Ecological Research Network of independent, trans-disciplinary environmental research institutes in Germany; and Manager (pro bono) of the Konrad von Moltke Fund.
  • 14. , Phindile Lukhele-Oloronu, Ph.D. Interim CEO, Africa Institute of South Africa Professor Phindile E. Lukhele-Olorunju is currently Interim CEO at the Africa Institute of South Africa. She is an internationally respected scientist, researcher, and administrator. She holds a BS in Agriculture, an MS in Plant Breeding, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding/ Virology. Other experience includes national, regional and international consulting and management of international agricultural projects, and collaborative research projects with various institutions, including the University of Georgia in the United States. Professor Lukhele-Olorunju has also managed three research institutions, as Group Executive at the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa from 2002 to 2008. Professor Lukhele-Olorunju has published and continues to publish in peer-reviewed national, regional and international journals and is an ASI member. Dickson Malunda, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research-Rwanda (IPAR-Rwanda) Dr. Dickson Malunda is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research in Rwanda. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Trento in Italy, a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and a BA from Makerere University in Uganda. Dr. Malunda has previously worked at the World Bank Office in Rwanda as a poverty economist, and done work on the Women’s Economic Empowerment Survey and Action Aid’s Public Financing for Agriculture project. His research interests include poverty, economic change, and employment. Dr. Malunda has also directed projects on Rwanda’s economic transformation, youth and employment, and an evaluation on Rwanda’s National Employment policy.
  • 15. , Constantino Pedro Marrengula, International Growth Centre- Mozambique (ICG) Constantino Pedro Marrengula is a researcher for the International Growth Centre in Mozambique. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. His research and publications have included private sector and SME performance in Mozambique, limited market participation of firms in the construction and tourism industries, and management skills and social capital in Mozambique’s private sector. James G. McGann, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program James G. McGann, Ph.D., is the assistant director of the International Relations Program and director of the TTCSP at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the trends and challenges facing think tanks and policymakers around the world and provides advice and technical assistance to think tanks, governments and public and private donors on how to improve the quality and impact of policy research. He is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank based in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania Dr. McGann was an assistant professor of Political Science at Villanova University where he taught international relations, international organizations and international law. His current research interest include: assessing global trends in security and international affairs research; the role of think tanks in shaping US foreign policy; think tanks and policy advice in the BRIC and G20 countries and transnational threats and global public policy.
  • 16. , Augustus Muluvi, Policy Analyst/Head of Trade and Foreign Policy Division, Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Analysis (KIPPRA) Augustus Muluvi is a policy analyst and the Acting Head of the Trade and Foreign Policy Division at The Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Analysis (KIPPRA), an autonomous public think tank that provides policy advice to the Kenyan government. He is also a faculty member in the Economics Department at Egerton University in Kenya. His research and publication has focused on trade barriers impacting Kenyan international trade, institutional and regulatory barriers inhibiting Kenyan trade within Eastern Africa, and the state of regional integration in the African Economic Community. Victor Murinde, Ph.D., Director of African Development Institute, African Development Bank Professor Victor Murinde is Director of the African Development Institute at the African Development Bank. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Makerere University in Uganda, a M.Sc. in Banking and Finance and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of Wales in Cardiff, and a Doctoris Honoris Causa from Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Professor Murinde lectured on development finance at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom for 15 years. He is also a visiting Professor at Cardiff Business School and the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. He has provided services to governments, companies, and international organizations, including the World Bank, the United Nations, UNCTAD, the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, the African Development Bank, and the Caribbean Development Bank. His research interests include microstructure issues in emerging financial markets, capital structure and dividend policy, bank performance and risk, financial development and poverty reduction. Lufingo Mwamakamba, Protocol and Partnerships Manager, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • 17. , Lufingo Mwamakamba is FANRPAN's Protocol and Partnerships Manager in South Africa. He has over 8 years’ experience in project management, partnership building, and programs administration. At FANRPAN, he is responsible for managing strategic partnerships with the host government, network membership and with regional and international partner organizations. His duties also include coordinating FANRPAN communications and advocacy engagements at various high level policy platforms such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP). Lufingo holds a M.Sc. in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University in the United Kingdom and a MA in Hospital and Health Systems Administration from Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil. He speaks Portuguese as a second language. S. Mshaï Mwongola, Ph.D., Research and Communication Officer of the African Peacebuilding Hub, African Leadership Centre Dr. S. Mshaï Mwangola is Research and Communication Officer with the African Peacebuilding Hub (APN-Hub), a joint program of the African Leadership Centre and the African Peacebuilding Network of the Social Science Research Council. In this position, she coordinates APN-Hub programs, including the working group on Leadership and Peacebuilding and the establishment of database, networking and dissemination platforms for African peacebuilding research. She takes a great interest in pedagogy, research and the creative process. Dr. Mwangola holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in the United States. Prior to this, she obtained an MCA (Masters of Creative Arts) from the School of Studies in the Creative Arts, University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Education (Honors) from Kenyatta University. Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso, Ph.D., Executive Director, Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR)
  • 18. , Dr. Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso is the Executive Director for Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR). She also serves as a lecturer on economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Zambia. Dr. Nakamba-Kabaso holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Zambia (1996), a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi (1998) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Witwatersrand (2010). Dr. Kabaso has published a number of journal articles, working papers and authored chapters in books. Deo Ngendakumana, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Economic Development (IDEC) Dr. Deo Ngendakumana is Director of the Institute for Economic Development (IDEC), a non-profit organization based in Bujumbura, Burundi. Dr. Ngendakumana is also a professor of management in the Department of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the University of Burundi where has served since 1986 after completing his studies in Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Sciences. He has written a number of scientific papers and conducted various studies as an independent consultant and visited many countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
  • 19. , Joseph Ngwegwe, Director of Program Support Services, Policy Research for Development Joseph Ngwegwe holds both a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) and an MBA in Marketing and Corporate Finance from the University of Dar es Salaam. Prior to becoming involved with Policy Research for Development and serving as the Tanzania Programme Manager for Hivos Twaweza, Mr. Ngwegwe was Business Director at the British Council in Tanzania. Aminata Niang, Ph.D., Researcher, Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) Dr. Aminata Niang is a researcher at the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), a young policy research think tank based in Senegal and operating in the West African region. IPAR’s research aims to inform policymakers on rural and agricultural development and youth employment, among other priority research themes. For over ten years, she has been engaged in collaborative research on sustainable development theory and practice, gender, poverty reduction, and the socio-economic impacts of corporate mining in Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
  • 20. , Ingrid van Niekerk, Ph.D., Executive Co-Director/CEO, Economic Policy Research Institute Dr. Ingrid van Niekerk is an Executive Co-Director and Senior Researcher at the Economic Policy Research Institute in South Africa. She is also the institute’s CEO and is responsible for coordinating EPRI’s social protection capacity building initiatives. Dr. van Niekerk has managed and carried out research projects for the Department of Social Development in South Africa as well as the inter-ministerial Committee of Enquiry for Comprehensive Social Security. She has experience in capacity building as well as monitoring and evaluation, assessing the impact of social policy and analyzing cash transfer programs. Dr. van Niekerk is responsible for EPRI’s capacity building program for government departments, and she has taught courses for the Department of Social Development. She currently leads EPRI’s Savings and Financial Inclusion Linkages Pilot (SAIL) project. Dr. van Niekerk holds a Master’s Degree from the Center for Development Economics at Williams College in the United States, as well as several other higher degrees in social science, economic planning and policy, and education. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Ph.D., Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation Dr. Emmanuel Nnandozie is Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Chief Economist and Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division, as well as Director of the Economic Development and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Dr. Nnandozie has also worked as coordinator for the UN-wide support to Africa’s development and played a pivotal role in the shaping of the UN and UNECA’s relations with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Secretariat, and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM.) He holds advanced degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne.
  • 21. , Franklin Oduro, Ph.D., Head of Research and Programs/Deputy Director, Ghana Center for Democratic Development Dr. Franklin Oduro is the Head of Research and Programs and also doubles as the Deputy Director at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana). Dr. Oduro received his PhD in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include post-transition politics of human rights accountability, transitional justice, and truth commission processes; public administration and policy analysis; civil society and elections (election monitoring and observation); and African political thought. ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Ph.D., Director, African Leadership Centre Dr. ’Funmi Olonisakin is the founding director of the African Leadership Centre, which aims to build the next generation of African leaders in the fields of peace, security, and development. She also directs the postgraduate degree program on Security, Leadership and Society at King’s College London. Previously, she worked in the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. Trained in Political Science (Bsc. Ife, Nigeria) and War Studies (PhD, King’s College London), Dr. Olonisakin has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the world of policy and practice. Her academic research and writing have contributed to strategic thinking in post-conflict contexts and in the work of regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the African Union.
  • 22. , John Omiti, Senior Policy Analyst, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) Dr. John Omiti is a senior policy analyst and Executive Director of Productive Sector Division at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA). Dr. Omiti obtained his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of New England, along with a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. After graduating from the University of Nairobi, Dr. Omiti worked in Kenya’s Civil Service for eleven years. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), focusing on natural resource management strategies for small-holder agriculture. Dr. Omiti then became a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) in Nairobi. He has provided technical guidance in agricultural economics in countries including Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. He has a keen interest in issues affecting economic performance, food security, poverty and institutional development at macro and sectorial levels. Idrissa Ouedraogo, Ph.D., Program Officer/Researcher, Centre des Études de Documentation et des Recherches Économiques et Sociales (CEDRES) Dr. Idrissa Ouedraogo works as a program officer and researcher at the Centre des Études de Documentation et des Recherches Économiques et Sociales (CEDRES) in Burkina Faso. He also has served as Director-General of the Bureau of Study, Service, Survey and Research. His previous employers include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Burkina Faso Ministry of the Environment and Water. He has experience in data collection and analysis, the study of local economic governance and long-term development planning. Dr. Ouedraogo has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.
  • 23. , Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Economic Affairs Kwame Owino is the CEO of the Institute of Economic Affairs, a Kenya-based public policy think tank. Prior to taking this office, he worked as a program officer, leading research and policy dialogue in the area of economic regulation and competitiveness policy. He has diverse interests on economic regulation, employment economics and public sector reform. He undertakes and oversees research in IEA-Kenya’s key policy areas on public expenditure and revenue analysis, international trade, economic regulation and the use of futures methodologies to inform public affairs in Kenya. Bodo Voahirana Ralantoarilolona, Executive Director, Centre de Recherches, d’Etudes et d’Appui à l’Analyse Economique à Madagascar (CREAM) Bodo Voahirana Ralantoarilolona is the Executive Director of the Centre des Recherches, d’Études et D’Appui à l’Analyse Economique à Madagascar (CREAM) in Antananarivo, Madagascar. She holds a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management and a postgraduate degree in Planning. Her research and publications have focused on poverty reduction strategies, government policies to promote economic advancement, and regional and structural features of poverty.
  • 24. , Romi Reinecke, Program Manager, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – South Africa Romi Reinecke holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honors), as well as a Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Prior to becoming Program Manager at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Ms. Reinecke was also a research assistant in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University. She is passionate about social justice projects and about learning how a young person can make a difference in a complex world. Rutuku K. Richard, Acting Executive Director, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research Rutuku K Richard is Acting Executive Director for the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research in Rwanda. He has been a financial administrator for over 10 years and holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting. Richard has hands-on experience in the design and implementation of both financial and administrative systems with major development partners like the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Capacity Building Foundation, and the United Nations Development Programme.
  • 25. , Michael Samson, Ph.D., Director of Research, Economic Policy Research Institute Dr. Michael Samson is Director of Research at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) in South Africa. He specializes in social protection, particularly in designing, implementing, and evaluating social cash transfer programs. He has created policy design projects for social assistance programs in Malawi, Lesotho, Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, and Kenya, and is currently working on social protection projects in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique, Nepal, the Pacific, South Africa, and Uganda. Dr. Samson also acts as coordinator and co-leader of the team assessing the impact of the Child Support Grant in South Africa. He is also Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at the Williams College Center for Development Economics in the United States. Dr. Samson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Diakalia Sanogo, Ph.D. Senior Program Officer, Think Tank Initiative, International Development Research Center Dr. Diakalia Sanogo is a Senior Program Officer for the Think Tank Initiative based at International Development Research Center (IDRC)’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa in Nairobi. He obtained a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 2001. Dr. Diakalia returns to the IDRC after spending two years at Nigeria’s International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan as an impact economist. From September 2004 to March 2006, he served as Program Officer of the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (SISERA) in Dakar, Senegal. He has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating agricultural research and development projects on a regional scale in Central and West Africa. Dr. Diakalia has a strong interest in research and development activities related to agricultural development, agricultural produce market innovations, the development of competitive agro-industries, poverty analysis and microfinance.
  • 26. , Elizabeth Sirdiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institue of International Affairs Ms Sidiropoulos is the chief executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She holds an MA in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has headed the Institute since 2005. Before her current appointment she was director of studies at SAIIA from 1999 to April 2005. She was previously research director at the South African Institute of Race Relations and editor of the highly acclaimed Race Relations Survey (now the South Africa Survey). She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the EU’s Development Commissioner, Mr Andris Piebalgs, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal and International Development Policy in Geneva. She is the editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of International Affairs. Her research focus is South Africa’s foreign policy, global governance and the role of emerging powers in Africa. Her most recent work is a co-edited volume on Development cooperation and emerging powers: New Partners or Old Patterns and she is currently collaborating with Indian, German and Mexican partners on new book project focusing on development agencies in emerging economies. Olusegun Sotola, Research Fellow, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis Olusegun Sotola is a Research Fellow at the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis in Nigeria. He has conducted research in government accountability and property rights. Mr. Sotola has a master’s degree in Political Science/Economy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
  • 27. , Sarah N. Ssewanyana, Ph.D., Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) Dr. Sarah N. Ssewanyana is Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Centre in Uganda. She holds a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney. Before joining EPRC in 2003, she lectured undergraduate and graduate students at the Makerere University Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Uganda for over ten years. Her research and publication focuses on poverty and inequality, food security, child nutrition, and higher education in Uganda. Jonathan Louis Stead, Director of Marketing and Communication, South African Institute of International Affairs Jonathan Louis Stead has been Director of Marketing and Communication at the South African Institute of International Affairs since November 2006. He was previously involved with the Institute for over twenty years in various roles, including as a Member of its Council and Executive. He holds degrees in law and history from Rhodes University as well as a teacher’s diploma, and was awarded a Master’s degree with distinction in history. Professionally he has been extensively involved in higher education administration and marketing, working for Rhodes University (East London Division), the University of Witwatersrand, the Technikon Witwatersrand and, following the merger, the University of Johannesburg. Jonathan was instrumental in the establishment and development of UNITECH, the professional body for marketing, communication and fundraising staff at all Southern African Universities, and chaired the body for a period.
  • 28. , Amadou Sy, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution Dr. Amadou Sy holds both a B.A. and M.Sc. from HEC Montreal, as well as a Ph.D. from McGill University. Prior to becoming a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative, Dr. Sy held a variety of positions at the International Monetary Fund spanning the last 15 years, most recently in the role of deputy division chief of the Financial Surveillance Division in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Dr. Sy has published in top academic and practitioner journals, including the Journal of Banking, Finance and IMF Staff Papers, Journal of Fixed Income, and World Economics. His focus is on banking, capital markets, and macroeconomics in Africa and emerging markets. Haile K. Taye, Ph.D., Director, Macroeconomic Forecasting & Planning Unit, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) Professor Haile Taye is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Macroeconomic Forecasting & Planning Unit at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA), a non- governmental policy research institution. He also sits on BIDPA’s Board of Trustees. His research areas include national debt, public finance, and currency analysis. He has previously lectured in Economics at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi.
  • 29. , Renate Tenbusch, Regional Coordinator for Africa – International Trade Union Project, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin Renate Tenbusch is the Regional Coordinator for Africa at Freidrich- Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Berlin’s International Trade Union Project. Mrs. Tenbusch previously worked in the FES India Office. During her time at the India Office, she held forums and workshops on women’s empowerment. She has written about controversial questions in the study of development economics for publications such as the Berliner Republik magazine. Chiwuike Uba, Finance and Administrative Manager, African Heritage Institute, and Knowledge and Policy Management Initiative Ltd/Gte Mr. Uba Chiwuike is the Finance and Administrative Manager of the African Heritage Institute and Executive Director of the Knowledge and Policy Management Initiative Ltd/Gte, as well as a financial, management, HR and public relations (PR) consultant. His main areas of specialization include finance, business management consultancy, and PR consultancy. He is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (Nigeria), the Institute of Financial Consultants, (USA), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (Nigeria), and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Internal Auditors (Nigeria). He is a Certified Financial Consultant and Chartered Business Administrator. He is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Administrators (Canada) as well as an associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Management. He is also an affiliate member of the Association of International Accountants (UK) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK).
  • 30. , Eberechukwu Uneze, Ph.D., Executive Director, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa Dr. Eberechukwu Uneze is the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa, an independent policy think tank based in Abuja, Nigeria. He also leads the Centre’s Public Financial Management and Governance Research Program. Dr. Uneze’s research interests cut across public economics and policy analysis, development economics, results-based public financial management, and outcome and impact evaluation. He has over 10 years of research experience in development finance and public policy, and is the author of more than 25 articles and other publications. Samuel Mwita Wangwe, Ph.D., Executive Director, REPOA Dr. Samuel Wangwe is Executive Director of REPOA, an independent research institution in Dar-es-Salaam. Previously, he was the policy advisor on public service reforms to the Office of the President of Tanzania, a post he took after eight years as Executive Director of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF). He has 40-years of experience as a policy and economic advisor. He has been involved in the publication of 13 books on development and economic management, and over 70 published articles in journals and edited books. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics, a Master’s degree in Economics, and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam, and has also worked as Head of the Department of Economics as well as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the same. During a three-year leave of absence, he was senior research fellow at the Institute for New Technologies of the United Nations University in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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