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.
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.
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.