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Research Economist, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), United Nations University

I am currently a research economist at the United-Nations University office in the Netherlands and a vice president and project manager for the NGO Women and Nature International in New York. I recently served as a consultant for the World Bank on the regional report on the quality of education in Africa, and I have also consulted for African think tanks in Senegal and South Africa. I hold a PhD in economics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France where I was awarded the prize of the best PhD in economics.

My research interest addresses different issues on the role of formal and informal institutions, and governance in the process of development both at the macro and micro levels. Some of my selected works have looked at how economics and political institutions and natural resources interfere in the growth process; the determinants of gender differences in political choices and preferences in Africa, and the extent to which social institutions affect women political orientations; the institutional and political effects of international inflows such as remittances; how local inequality and the quality of local governance may determine the quality of services delivery and the much needed legitimacy of democracy in Africa, a region where democracy has had a short history.

A sample of my work has been published in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Feminist Economics, Applied Economics, Empirical Economics among others. My work has appeared in non-academic platforms such as The Conversation and the World Economic Forum.


  • –present
    Research Fellow (economic development, innovation, governance and institutions), United Nations University