Founded with the support from the New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi Research Institute, the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) focuses on the development of innovative and cutting-edge technologies to significantly impact economic development with a specific focus on problems faced in underdeveloped areas around the world. The center works with faculty across NYU’s global network, drawing on the broad multidisciplinary expertise available in economics and economic development, foreign policy, management, microfinance, politics, computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry, material science, and engineering. Since its founding in 2010, CTED has housed several research projects aiming to tackle a wide range of developmental problems across areas including: migration, commodities trading, artificial intelligence, GIS mapping, remittances, food and water, healthcare, financial access, energy, and education. CTED projects have been pilot-tested in many countries in Asia, Africa, America, and the Middle East in partnership with several organizations in the individual countries. CTED has branches in Abu Dhabi (UAE), New York (USA), and Accra and Kumawu (Ghana).

Supported by:
New York University Abu Dhabi Research Institute


 Current CTED Projects

 Previous CTED Projects



United Arab Emirates

  • UAE Ministry of Economy

  • UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) (formerly the Ministry of Labor)

  • UAE Exchange

  • Abu Dhabi Dialogues

  • Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)

  • Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi

  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi

  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

  • American University of Sharjah

  • Zayed University


  • Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX)

  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


  • Ghana Commodity Exchanges (GCX)

  • Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)

  • Kumawuman Traditional Council

  • Kumawuman Customary Lands Secretariat

  • Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands - Ashanti Region

  • Ghana Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources

  • Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Esoko

  • Volta River Authority

  • Korle Bu Hospital

  • West Africa AIDS Foundation

  • University of Ghana-Legon

  • International Growth Centre (based in the London School of Economics)

  • Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

  • Innovations for Poverty Action


  • Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)

  • Microsoft Research India, Bangalore

  • Ikp Center for Technologies of Public Health (ICTPH), India


  • Nokia Research in Kenya, Nairobi

  • Strathmore University, Nairobi

  • Machakos Girls School, Nairobi

  • Olkeyuado Boys High School, Nairobi

  • Moi Girls Isinya, Nairobi

  • Kahuhia Girls School, Nairobi

  • Gatanga Girls Schools, Nairobi


  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

  • Punjab IT Board (PITB), Lahore, Pakistan


  • Search Labs Microsoft, Silicon Valley, USA

* The above-mentioned collaborators have worked with CTED or its researchers since its founding in 2010.