Macroeconomist skilled in econometric modelling, data analysis, and macroeconomic surveillance, with an eye for policy implications and clear non-technical write-ups. Experience producing and managing flagship publications for the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNCTAD's 'World Investment Report', the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the African Union Commission. Currently serving as an expert consultant on COVID-19 economic impacts for UNIDO, AfDB, and the ILO. Passionate about using careful economic analysis to improve society.

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I was a research economist with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunisia and wrote the Africa section of the World Investment Report for UNCTAD for several years. In addition, I have consulted for, or worked with, the African Union Commission (AUC), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) at Columbia University, the ILO (Geneva and Johannesburg), Johns Hopkins University, SADC, UNIDO, and UNECA. I have experience managing teams and producing high-level policy reports.


I was a lecturer in macroeconomics at the Jones Graduate Business School, Rice University (online MBA), and an adjunct lecturer at New York University (Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies). I am currently a Senior Research Associate, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg.


I hold a Ph.D in economics from the New School for Social Research and an MSc in international economics from SOAS (University of London, First Class).

I am published in leading journals and serve as an occasional peer reviewer for several. 

You can download my latest CV: here

Brooklyn, New York

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