ILAN STRAUSS 

ECONOMIST

Macroeconomist with @Airfinity (London) looking at COVID-19. Researcher with Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London (@IIPP_UCL) on economic rents in digital platforms. Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg (@go2uj).

I recently led several major investigations for the ILO and African Development Bank (AfDB) on COVD-19 impacts on employment, debt sustainability, and macroeconomic outcomes.

 

Previously, an economic consultant with AfDB (Tunisia) and external consultant with UNCTAD writing the World Investment Report. Taught macroeconomics at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University and New York University. 

* Latest Works *

  • 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.

ABOUT

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, 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). Led several research teams for consulting projects with the ILO (Pretoria), and AfDB (West Africa Department). Currently a macroeconomist with Airfinity (London) and a researcher with UCL's IIPP research unit.

You can download my latest CV: here