Yaw Nyarko, a native of Ghana, is a Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the founding Director of NYU’s Africa House. He is the Director of the NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development, and also the co-Director of the Development Research Institute. He is the 2009 winner of the BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation. His research interests are in the area of Economic Development and Theoretical Economics. He has worked on models of human capital as engines of economic growth, as well as on the Brain Drain and skills acquisition in the growth process, and is currently engaged in research on Technology and Economic Development.
He is the author of many published research papers and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and has served as Editor/Associate Editor on a number of academic economics journals. He is the current president of the African Econometric Society. He has served as a consultant to many organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council. He is the immediate past Vice Provost of New York University with a portfolio which included the oversight and establishment of campuses of NYU in Africa and around the world. Yaw Nyarko received a B.A. from the University of Ghana, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.
Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Associate Professor at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU
Lakshminarayanan Subramanian is an Associate Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networks, distributed systems and computing for development. He leads the Networks and Wide-Area Systems(NeWS) research group, and the CATER Lab at NYU. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2009), IBM Faculty Awards (2009, 2010), Google Faculty Award (2013), C.V. Ramamoorthy Award at UC Berkeley and Microsoft Research Challenge Award on “Cellphones for Healthcare” (2008).
Jay Chen is an Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi and a research scientist at CTED. He received a PhD in Computer Science from New York University (NYU) where his dissertation was awarded the Janet Fabri Prize for Most Outstanding Dissertations in Computer Science. His research interests stem from a background in networking and distributed systems, but in order to solve real world problems of information access in developing regions his work has evolved to be increasingly inter-disciplinary. Most recently Professor Chen has been focusing his research efforts on learning technologies, security and privacy, and human computer interaction.
Africa House Visiting Scholar
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, PhD, Africa House Visiting Scholar
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa received his PhD in Economics from Gothenburg University in Sweden in 1988 and became Associate Professor at the same university in 1994. He worked as a Senior Economist at the IMF in Washington, DC., Project Director and Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) of the United Nations University, Helsinki, and most recently as Director of Strategy, Director of Operations and Director of Research,respectively, at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis and Abidjan. His last post at the AfDB, which he left at the end of 2015, was Acting Chief Economist and Vice President. He has collaborated with many international and national institutions and has been an external examiner of doctoral students in Africa and in European countries.He has been a consultant for the Swedish International development agency, the World Bank, the OECD and the UNDP. He considers the policy dialogue which he undertook with government leaders from across Africa, during his years at the AfDB, as the height of his career, and is planning to write a book about these experiences.
He has researched and published widely in the areas of macroeconomics, international economics and development economics, focusing especially on Africa and other developing regions. His most recent publications include a co-edited volume on Urbanization and Socio-Economic Development in Africa (Routledge, London, 2014). A volume from his work at WIDER entitled “Reforming Africa’s Institutions: Ownership, Incentives, and Capabilities” by the United Nations University Press, Tokyo and New York, was used as course material in Development at leading universities.
Steve is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development at Cornell and is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town. Aside from analyzing the political economy of African institutions, he is also studying, with colleagues at a number of African institutions, the “war to peace” dynamics in the Great Lakes Region of Africa–including Uganda, DRC, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
Steve was born and raised in Uganda, but also holds Swedish nationality.
Marian Tes, Grants Manager (Joint with DRI and CTED)
Marian joined Africa House in May 2012. In 2011, she earned her M.A. in International Education at NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development. She received her B.A. in History and Peace & Conflict Studies from Colgate University. Prior to joining Africa House, she was the project coordinator for a research project that sought to improve low-income children’s chances for success in school by targeting their socioemotional behavior through a comprehensive, classroom-based intervention at Head Start. She’s also worked at various non-profits and volunteered on projects including Opportunities for Equitable Access to Quality Education, the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, Generation Rwanda, and AIDS Walk in different capacities including development, communications, event planning, grant management, and preliminary data analysis.
Her own research interests include international development, early childhood education, education in emergencies, and refugees & mental health. In part, Marian’s research interests derive from her family’s background as Cambodian refugees in the early 1980s. She has traveled to Brazil, Cambodia, and Italy and is proficient in Khmer and Spanish.
Andrea Papitto, Assistant Director, Africa Trade and Tourism
Andrea Papitto has worked on development projects in Africa since 2005 when she studied at the New York University Accra campus and worked at Habitat for Humanity Ghana. Since then, she has worked on numerous projects related to Africa tourism, rural tourism development, community-led development, and ICT education in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In 2011, she produced The Last Song Before the War, a documentary chronicling the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali and its role in sustaining peace, cultural preservation, and economic development. The film has played at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and international film festivals around the world. Before joining Africa House, Andrea was the Director of Trade Relations and Communications at the Africa Travel Association (ATA), the leading travel trade organization promoting the sustainable development of tourism in Africa. At ATA, she managed programming; research initiatives such as the Africa Tourism Monitor produced in conjunction with NYU Africa House and the African Development Bank; communications; and media relations for the organization. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Tourism Management with a focus on African destinations from New York University.
Kingsley Essegbey, Assistant Director/Assistant Research Scientist
Kingsley Essegbey joined Africa House/CTED as a Graduate Research Assistant in December 2014. Kingsley received a Master’s degree in Bioethics from New York University that has enhanced his integrative thinking skills and positioned him to assist with the team’s research projects related to bioeconomics and local governance, environmental contamination, policy and ethical misconduct all focusing on sustainable rural development. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environment and Development Studies from Central University, Ghana. The program sparked his interest on how Ghana could effectively integrate the natural environment into the development agenda. He enjoys cooking vegetarian dishes and engaging in lively conversations.
Flora May Alipio, Administrative Assistant
Flora is the Administrative Assistant for the NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development. She joined the team in May 2013. Flora has a Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting from the University of San Carlos, Philippines. She has lived and worked in the UAE for more than seven years. Prior to joining CTED, Flora was the Project Coordinator for the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.
Student Program Assistants
Meron Baissa, NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Preet Rajdeo, NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Vinay Vaswani, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study