Yaw Nyarko, a native of Ghana, is a Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the Director of the Center for Technology and Economic Development. He is also the Co-Director of the Development Research Institute, winner of the 2009 BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation, and Founding Director of NYU Africa House. 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.
Professor Nyarko 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 has also served as a consultant to many organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council. Professor Nyarko 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. Professor 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.
Andrea Papitto, Program Director, NYU Africa House-CTED
Andrea Papitto has worked on development projects in Africa since 2005 when she studied at the New York University Accra campus and worked at Habitat for Humanity Ghana. Since then, she has worked on numerous projects related to Africa tourism, rural tourism development, community-led development, and ICT education in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In 2011, she produced The Last Song Before the War, a documentary chronicling the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali and its role in sustaining peace, cultural preservation, and economic development. The film has played at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and international film festivals around the world. Before joining Africa House, Andrea was the Director of Trade Relations and Communications at the Africa Travel Association (ATA), the leading travel trade organization promoting the sustainable development of tourism in Africa. At ATA, she managed programming; research initiatives such as the Africa Tourism Monitor produced in conjunction with NYU Africa House and the African Development Bank; communications; and media relations for the organization. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Tourism Management with a focus on African destinations from New York University.
Kingsley Essegbey, Assistant Director/Assistant Research Scientist
Kingsley Essegbey joined Africa House/CTED as a Graduate Research Assistant in December 2014. Kingsley received a Master’s degree in Bioethics from New York University that has enhanced his integrative thinking skills and positioned him to assist with the team’s research projects related to bioeconomics and local governance, environmental contamination, policy and ethical misconduct all focusing on sustainable rural development. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environment and Development Studies from Central University, Ghana. The program sparked his interest on how Ghana could effectively integrate the natural environment into the development agenda. He enjoys cooking vegetarian dishes and engaging in lively conversations.
Victor Arshavskiy, Research Scientist
Victor Arshavskiy is a research scientist at CTED. He received a PhD in Economics from New York University (NYU) in 2011 and worked in a business school in Saint Petersburg, Russia for two years. Since September 2013 he joined the CTED, where he works now full time. Victor’s research interests are broadly in line with informational issues of market microstructure, experimental economics, commodity prices and the connection between transportation costs and commodity prices in different locations. Presently he works on the structure of food prices in Ghana.
Afshan Aman, Research Associate/Software Engineer
Afshan is working as a Research Associate at CTED at New York University Abu Dhabi since May 2012. She has a double Masters degree in Informatics/Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany and University of Trento, Italy. She has a full-time work experience of about 4 years. Currently, as a lead data analyst, and technology and solution developer for several projects at CTED, she works with a vast array of computer applications and software packages to analysis the data provided by stakeholders or collected by team members in the field. Her area of specialization is data analysis, visualization and presentation of very large sized economic, financial and spatial data. She is proficient in Web Servers, Matlab (focusing on statistical toolbox), STATA and ArcGIS.
Delphine Demmerle Yaghmaian, Grants Manager (Joint with Africa House, DRI, and CTED)
Delphine Demmerle Yaghmaian has over 5 years of professional experience in grants management and program coordination for projects conducted across Africa. As a Senior Grants Manager at ICAP at Columbia University, she managed a portfolio of grants of an average value of sixty million dollars. The projects funded through these grants were implemented in countries including Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. She also conducted award management trainings, in French, in field offices in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to that, she was responsible for the coordination of the HIV/AIDS program at the Population Council. The program included projects implemented in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Zambia. Delphine received a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. As a graduate student, she conducted field research among the Senegalese Murid community in Harlem. Delphine obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she focused on economic development.
Uma Raman, Assistant Center Manager
Uma is a seasoned Office Administrator and a diligent Executive Assistant with rich and varied hands-on office administration experience gained at leading companies across multiple industries including Oil and Gas, Banking and Project Management. As a long-time resident of Abu Dhabi and having served as a Senior Office Administrator at a leading oil company for many years, she has excellent contacts at senior levels across many organizations, embassies, and consulates in the U.A.E. and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in particular. She has also played an active role in assisting young Emiratis in their integration into mainstream administrative jobs through mentoring, on-the-job training, and by delivering motivational speeches at in-house training sessions.