Founder & President of AAAWE
(Native: Ghana; Resident: US)
Professor of Economics, University of Kansas, USA
Elizabeth is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas, and she was the Associate Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies from 2007-2009. She is the former President of the African Finance Economic Association (AFEA) and the President and founder of the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE). Professor Asiedu received her B.S. (Hons) from the University of Ghana, M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and PhD in Economics also from UIUC. Professor Asiedu teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Development and International Economics. She has received several teaching/mentoring awards at the University of Kansas, including The Outstanding Woman Educator Award, the Kemper Teaching Award, the Byron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Woman of Distinction Award. . Her work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including The American Economic Review, The Journal of International Economics, and The Review of Economics and Statistics and she has consulted for several International Organizations.
Special Advisor to the President
(Native: Ghana; Resident: US)
Development Director at Bay Area Legal Services, USA
Mrs Rose Gyimah-Brempong is currently the Development Director at Bay Area Legal Service (BALS). She was a Senior Vice President at the Bank of America in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her work for BALS, she served on the Board of the Children¹s Home, and Museum of Science and Industry among other organizations. Rose has a B.S. in Business Administration from Wright State University. She is also a certified Trust Financial Advisor and holds Guardianship certification. She is a native of Ghana.
First Vice President
(Native: Ghana; Resident: Ghana)
Professor of Economics, University of Ghana (UG)
Director, Center for Social Policy Studies, UG
Abena D. Oduro is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She teaches courses in gender and social diversity, macroeconomics and international economics. She has published articles in professional journals such as Feminist Economics, World Development and the Journal of African Development as well as chapters in books. She has co-authored a monograph on gender and asset ownership in Ghana and is one of the guest editors of a special issue of Feminist Economics on engendering economic policy in Africa. Abena has an M.Litt in Economics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.
Second Vice President
(Native: Congo DR; Resident: USA)
Research Fellow, University of Kansas, USA
Malokele Nanivazo is a visiting scholar at the University of Kansas in the Department of Economics. In this capacity, she conducts research on various topics related to gender economics such as family planning, education, entrepreneurship and poverty. Her expertise in gender economics enhances her research in economic development and international economics. Specifically, her economic development research centers on poverty, growth, rural transformation, trade, and foreign aid. Malokele Nanivazo also has teaching experience in graduate and undergraduate classes in macroeconomics, development economics, and international economics.
Prior to joining the University of Kansas, she worked as a research fellow at the United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). As a research fellow at UNU-WIDER, she was involved in the Research and Communication on Foreign Aid Project (ReCom) as the focal point for the “Gender and Foreign Aid” theme. In addition, she was the lead author for the Democratic Republic of Congo case study in UNU-WIDER’s Reconciling Africa’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Trends: Growth and Poverty Project (GAPP).
Malokele Nanivazo has a Ph. D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011 with a concentration in economic development and international trade. She is a member of the African Finance and Economics Association, American Economic Association and the International Association for Feminist Economics.
(Native: Nigeria; Resident: US)
Professor of Economics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA
Director of Research, Center on Philanthropy, IUPUI
Una O. Osili is a Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and the Director of Research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is also a member of the graduate school faculty at Indiana University. In 2007, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University. Dr. Osili is a consultant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, has worked for the World Bank and also serves on the Research Committee of the Association for Research in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (ARNOVA) and the Board of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA). She has served as a past or current board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, the Immigrant Welcome Center, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Richard’s School. Dr. Osili is a prolific researcher with an extensive body of published research. She earned her B.A. in Economics at Harvard University, and her M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Chairman of Board
(Native: Congo, Resident: US)
Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, USA
Dr. Nkusu is Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund where she has worked since 1998. She received her B.S. in Applied Economics (Distinction) from the University of Kinshasa, M.S. in Policy Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and PhD in Economics from the UIUC. Dr. Nkusu’s research interests include monetary and exchange rate policies, foreign finance, and economic growth. Her articles on foreign aid and macroeconomic performance have attracted a lot of attention among researchers and policymakers and have been widely referenced, including in reports of several international institutions (OECD, UNDP, and The World Bank).
Director of Communications
(Native: Uganda; Resident: South Africa)
Newton International Fellow, Oxford University, England
Dr. Elizabeth Lwanga Nanziri is a Newton International Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is the Director of Communications of AAAWE, and a Director of AAAWE-South Africa. Dr. Nanziri’s research focuses on financial literacy, financial inclusion and Welfare for households, and access to finance for small and medium enterprises. Prior to the Newton International Fellowship Award, she received several academic awards/honors including: The Journal of African Economies Fellow at the University of Oxford; The Rockefeller-AAAWE Visiting Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Visiting Scholar at the University of Kansas, The Carnegie Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and The National Research Foundation of South Africa Doctoral Fellowship. She was the Executive Director of the South African Savings Institute for the period 2008 – 2016, and she was the recipient of the 2009 South African Industrial Development Corporation’s Women in Leadership Training Award.
(Native: Burkina Faso; Resident: Cote’d’ivoire)
Senior Economist, The World Bank, Cote’d’ivoire
Nadege Desiree Yameogo is a Senior Economist at the World Bank' s Development Economics Vice Presidency - Indicators Group (DECIG). In the Migration and Remittance team, she manages three thematic working groups of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) - namely, Internal Migration and Urbanization, Migrant Rights, and Capacity Building, in addition of being in charge of the African region. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as Senior Research Economist at the African Development Bank, in the Research Department and in the Office of the President. She also worked as an Associate Economist at Analysis Group Inc. in Montreal Canada, and a lecturer at Laval University, Quebec Canada. She holds a PhD degree with honor in economics from Laval University, a graduate Diploma from the Interuniversity Postgraduate Program in Economics for French Speaking African countries (DEA/PTCI), and a Master degree from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Nadege is specialized in econometrics, natural resource and environmental economics, and development economics. She has co-authored a book on Urbanization and socio-economic development in Africa: challenges and opportunities – published in Routledge. She published several papers in well-known economic journals such as Resource and Energy Economics and Journal of Food Policy. She was the team leader of the African Development Report 2015 Edition on “Growth-poverty and inequality nexus: overcoming barriers to sustainable development in Africa”, a flagship report of the African Development Bank Group. Her current research interests include urbanization, diaspora and development economics, economic diversification and sophistication, and natural resource economics.
(Native: Tunisia, Resident: Tunis)
Chief Country Economist, North Africa Regional Department, African Development Bank, Cote’d’ivoire
Thouraya Triki is Principal Economist within the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB). At AfDB, she performs ex-ante evaluations of expected development effects and additionality in private sector operations, with a particular focus on financial sector operations (private equity funds, lines of credit, trade finance operations). She also leads and contributes to AfDB flagship publications, policy documents and other knowledge products. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked as an associate Dean at the Mediterranean School of Business and held an assistant professor of finance position at IESEG School of Management (France). Previously, she lectured in the finance department of HEC Montreal for 4 years (Canada). She also consulted for European financial institutions, including Dexia Asset Management and Banque Populaire du Nord. She holds a Ph.D. and a master degree in finance from HEC Montreal (Canada). Her research work and publications focus on financial sector topics including, Financial Inclusion, Corporate Governance, Islamic and Socially Responsible Investments, Private equity, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Her research work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, the European Journal of Finance, the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting and the International Finance Review.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Hampshire College, US
Lynda Pickbourn, assistant professor of economics, received her B.A. in economics from the University of Ghana. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Pickbourn teaches courses on gender and economic development, feminist political economy and the history of economic thought. Prior to coming to Hampshire college, she was an assistant professor of economics at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
Pickbourn's fields of specialization are in Economic Development and Feminist Economics, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation research examined the role of gendered social norms in shaping migration and remittance behavior, a topic on which she carried out field research in rural communities in Northern Ghana for a year. Her other interests include the structural and institutional determinants of employment and earnings in the informal economy in developing countries, and the impact of foreign aid on gender equality in health and education outcomes in sub-Saharan African countries.
Pickbourn has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a research fellowship from the American Association of University Women and a Women's Studies dissertation fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Professor of Economics
University of North Florida
Mina Baliamoune-Lutz is Richard de Raismes Kip Endowed Professor of Economics and University of North Florida Distinguished Professor (2012). She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University. In 2013-2014, she was Director of Research at the African Center for Economic Transformation in Ghana. Her publications appeared in high-quality journals and she is ranked among the top economists in Florida (see https://ideas.repec.org/top/top.usa-fl.html). Her empirical work on the gender and development and the effects of policy and institutional reforms in Africa has received significant national and international recognition.
Professor Baliamoune-Lutz has been a regular contributor to research themes debated at the United Nations World Institute of Development Economics in Helsinki, United Nations Economic Conference on Africa, African Development Bank and the European Report on Development. She has an extensive record of service to the national and international community and to the Economics Profession. She has served as President elect and President (2012-2014) of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA), Associate Editor of the Journal of African
Development, the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and Information Technology for Development (from 2005 to present). She also served on the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics, the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and the Journal of Business and Accounting, and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Economic Association.
(Native: Nigeria; Resident: Nigeria)
Professor of Economics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Biola Phillip is a Professor of Economics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. She was Acting Chair of the Department of Economics from 2011-2014 and Acting Dean, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS) from 2014-2016. She serves on the Board for AAAWE International and AAAWE-Nigeria. Dr. Biola Phillip received her B.S. (Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, her M.S. in Economics/Statistics from Iowa State University, USA, and PhD in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. She has over twenty years teaching and research experience. She has taught economic theory and development studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conducted research in economic development in the areas of trade/ marketing, gender and poverty.
(Native: Nigeria; Resident: Nigeria)
Economist, Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria
Eme Dada is a Principal Economist at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Prior to joining the CBN, she worked at the Presidency-Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President (OCEAP) as Special Assistant and Senior Economist. While at OCEAP, she led a number of initiatives including designing a Template for assessing Federal Government funded projects. Eme is an AERC/JAE fellow of the Centre for the study of African Economies, Oxford University. In October 2011 she was a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and worked as a Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2009. Eme also has extensive lecturing and research experience in the academia. She is a member of the African Finance Economic Association (AFEA), Nigerian Economic Society (NES) and Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE), which she currently serves as one of the Nigerian representatives. Eme Dada has a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with specialisation in monetary economics. She has published extensively in reputable international journals with research interests spanning public policy analysis, resource management and development issues. During her leisure, she loves travelling, playing chess and lawn tennis. She is happily married to Tunde Dada.
(Native: Zimbabwe; Resident: Ethiopia)
Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
Jane Karonga has more than 10 years of experience working for various companies in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and USA in the area of economic development both in academic and international organizations. Presently, she is working as an economist working with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa for the past 7 years. She is mainly responsible for industrialization and infrastructure policy work where she conducts research and provides advisory services to African Member States and other stakeholders. Previously, Programme Management Officer and Economist for African Trade Policy Centre, she was responsible for ATPC’s support to the Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) initiative, AGOA national response strategies and the Centre’s programmatic work. Jane has taught microeconomics, macroeconomics and research work to undergraduate students on African development and poverty reduction issues particularly in areas such as remittances, investments, regional integration and trade, industrialization and infrastructure development.