PEOPLE

DIRECTOR: Yaw Nyarko

Director of NYU CTED, Yaw Nyarko

Yaw Nyarko is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the Director of NYU Africa House, the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), and Co-Director of the Development Research Institute (DRI). As Co-Director of DRI, he was awarded the 2009 BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation.

As one of the most highly ranked African academic economists in the world, his research interests focus on the areas of economic development, theoretical economics, models of human capital as engines of economic growth, brain drain and skills acquisition, labor economics, and migration. His current research focuses on technology and economic development, commodities exchanges and markets in Africa, and determinants and returns of labor migration from South Asia in the UAE, as well as the impacts of various policy measures on the mobility of labor within the UAE.

He is the former Chair of the Econometric Society Africa Regional Standing Committee. He has served as a consultant to organizations including the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council. As the former Vice Provost of NYU, he managed a portfolio that included the oversight and establishment of campuses in Abu Dhabi, Accra, and Shanghai. Yaw Nyarko received his B.A. from the University of Ghana and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.

https://yawnyarko.com


ADVISORY COUNCIL - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

H.E. Abdullah Al Saleh

H.E. Abdullah Al Saleh
UAE Under-Secretary of Foreign Trade and Industry
(UAE Ministry of Economy)



Dr. Jamel Zarrouk

Dr. Jamel Zarrouk
Chief Economist, Islamic Development Bank

Binay R. Shetty

Binay R. Shetty
Vice Chairman and CEO, BRS Ventures (NMC Hospital and UAE Exchange)

Tim Gollin

Tim Gollin
Managing Director, One Equity Partners, LLC

ADVISORY COUNCIL- Ghana

Roland Akosah

Roland Akosah
Co-founder, ENO International, LLC

Robert Danso Boakye

Robert Danso Boakye
Country Head, Retail Operations Department of EcoBank Ghana (former)

Kofi Blankson Ocansey

Kofi Blankson Ocansey
Founder and Managing Partner, Dixcove Ventures Limited

 

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian
Associate Professor, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CTED Co-Founding Principal Investigator)

Jay Chen

Jay Chen
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

Heitor Pellegrina

Heitor Pellegrina
Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi


Morgan Hardy

Morgan Hardy
Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi


Sunandan Chakraborty

Sunandan Chakraborty
Professor of Computer Science, University of Indiana


Jerome White

Jerome White
Lecturer of Computer Science, NYU Abu Dhabi (former)


 

RESEARCH TEAM

 

Economic Theory & Markets

Samuel Seffah-Nyame

Samuel Seffah-Nyame
Software Engineer

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Solomon Mensah
Community Deployment Officer

Kwadwo Osei Sarpong

Kwadwo Osei Sarpong
Deployment Advisor

Victor Arshavskiy

Victor Arshavski
Research Consultant

 

Migration & Global Labor Markets

Keren Neza

Keren Neza
Research Assistant

Angela Orozco

Angela Orozco
Research Assistant

 

Technology & Economic Development

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan Fletcher
Software Developer

Abdul Mushin Iddris

Abdul Muhsin Iddris
Software Developer

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Anthony Reece
Senior Software Developer

 

Mapping

David Owusu

David Owusu
Research Associate - Land Administration

Ernest Eshun

Ernest Eshun
Research Associate - Land and Rural Economics

Felicia Akosah

Felicia Akosah
Research Coordinator - Land Administration

 

Programs & Operations

PROGRAMS, MEDIA, & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Andrea Papitto

Andrea Papitto
Program Director, NYU Africa House/CTED/DRI

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Temi Alabi
Program Adminstrator

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Erica Asiedua Amoako
Special Projects Manager (Ghana)

Beau Sackey

Beau Sackey
Videographer

 

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

Christine Odamtten

Christine Odamtten
Accra Assistant Site Coordinator

Peace Draphor

Peace Draphor
Kumawu Assistant Site Coordinator

 

STUDENT PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

 

PhD STUDENTS

Computer Science
Talal Ahmad
Sunandan Chakraborty
Jay Chen
Vipin Jain
Fahad Pervaiz
Ashlesh Sharma
Ashwin Venkatraman


Economics
Isaac Baley
Alexander Coutts
Nicole Hildebrandt
David Johnson
Michael Paik
Giorgia Romagnoli
Emilia Soldani

* The above-mentioned PhD students contributed to CTED’s research from 2010-2018.