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I am Head of Digital Economy (senior research associate) at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London (@IIPP_UCL) looking at value creation and capture by the 'Big Tech' U.S. digital platforms.


I'm also a senior research associate at University of Johannesburg (@go2uj) and advising consultant for the ILO, the Southern African Development Community (SASDC), and on UNCTAD's World Investment Report .


Recent Big Tech and Advanced Economy Publications

  • The Role of M&A in Big Tech's growing dominance in Artificial Intelligence Patents - funded by the Economic Security Project (forthcoming).

Recent Developing Economy Publications

  • African Development Bank (AfDB), May 2021 ‘Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 in The Gambia and Spending Needs for the 2030 SDG Agenda’, Country Economics Department (ECCE), Regional Directorate General for West Africa (RDGW), available: here.

  • ILO, 03 September 2020Rapid Country Assessment: South Africa - The impacts from a COVID-19 shock to South Africa's economy and labour market.


Currently a senior research associate with UCL's IIPP research unit where I help lead empirical and theoretical work on digital platforms, exploring their business model, sources of market power, and policy interventions, with a focus on digital ecosystems and algorithmic rents. I am also a Senior Research Associate, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg.


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. I have consulted for and 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 to produce high-level policy reports; having recently led several research teams for consulting projects with the ILO (Pretoria), and AfDB (West Africa Department).


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 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).

My latest CV can be found on m LinkedIn.

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