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, Assistant Director, Africa Trade and Tourism
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.
Tiffany Tong, Research Associate
Tiffany is a Research Associate at CTED and also manages several projects related to mobile technologies for rural farmers and off-grid energy access. Tiffany completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received her Master’s Degree and PhD in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in June 2012, where she also pursued a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School. Her dissertation examined the structural reliability of next-generation solar cells and light emitting devices, with a special emphasis on the policy and market implications of device failure in the off-grid lighting market through an impact assessment of solar lanterns in a rural village in Kenya. Tiffany has also worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), focusing on their Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and Rio+20 efforts. She also has experience co-founding and mentoring various social ventures, including em[POWER] Energy Group and DUMA, Inc.
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.
Flora May Alipio, Administrative Assistant
Flora is the Administrative Assistant for the NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development. She joined the team in May 2013. Flora has a Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting from the University of San Carlos, Philippines. She has lived and worked in the UAE for more than seven years. Prior to joining CTED, Flora was the Project Coordinator for the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.
Fareeha Amjad, Software Engineer
Fareeha Amjad is a software engineer for NYU CTED. She started working at CTED in 2013, right after she graduated from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Fareeha has assisted with teaching courses at her university for Introduction to Computer Programming, Object Oriented Programming and Operating Systems. She was awarded with two gold medals for her academic performance, and is involved in projects involving solar energy, education and mobile security. Fareeha is proficient in C++, Java, Socket Programming and PHP. Her interests include networking and database.