The Board of Directors (BOD) is the supervisory organ of ASE. It influences the overall vision and strategic direction of ASE while making sure that ASE stays true to its mission. Together, its members will bring a wealth of expertise in academia, higher education institution management, fundraising strategies and Africa’s development problematic. Its members are:

Mr. Leandre Adifon

Vice President Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology at Ingersoll Rand (North Carolina, United States). Prior to joining United Technologies, Mr. Adifon was consultant in Robotics, machine tools and thermal engineering in Europe. He holds advanced degrees in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic of Milan in Italy and in management and finance technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He also has an MBA from RPI and a certificate in systems design and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a native of Benin. He is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Global Architecture Forum and a board member of the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Connecticut.

Mr. Hamet Aguemon

Hamet started his career in London in 2003 working for Koch Supply & Trading, and then EDF Trading in Risk management, followed by physical and derivatives commodity trading. In 2008, joined Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for overseeing their efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hamet has extensive experience working with most governments, financial institutions and corporates in Sub-Saharan Africa. From March 2012 to February 2014, he held the position of Director at VTB Capital, and started their expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, Hamet founded Emerging Africa Investment Partners to support the booming sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, he joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in Benin to lead the effort with the private sector. Following the election in April 2016, Hamet left the public office to start Khulatech, a technology startup with the objective of digitalizing the regional economies through innovative and disruptive contents. Hamet holds a Master in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Gestion Paris, and an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

Dr. Ernest Aryeetey

Dr. Ernest Aryeetey is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana. He was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., and Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Legon (2003 - 2010). His past positions include: Temporary Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, Visiting Professor at Yale University Department of Economics (1999) and Cornell, and the Department of Economics at Swarthmore College.

Professor Aryeetey work focuses primarily on economic growth in Africa, aid effectiveness, financial systems, poverty and small enterprise development. Ernest Aryeetey has published 3 books, 5 edited volumes, 26 journal articles and over 100 conference, working and discussion papers. Professor Aryeetey was educated at Achimota School (1968-1973) and at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Legon (1973-1975). He studied Economics with Statistics (1975-1978) at the University of Ghana and took a Masters degree in Regional Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (1979-1981) and obtained a Doktor-Ingenieur at the University of Dortmund, Germany in 1985. Ernest Aryeetey’s area of specialisation is Development Economics. He was elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

Dr. Victoria Barham

Dr. Victoria Barham is a Faculty member of the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she has taught since 1993.  She earned her MA at the University of Toronto (1986), and received her doctorate from CORE at the Université Catholique de Louvain (1992) and was a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University (1992-1993).

Her research interests include the theory of club goods, the economics of philanthropy, and economics of the family, physician payment, and health inequality.  She is also interested in the economics of federalism, and more particularly in financial arrangements between national and aboriginal governments.  Her research has been published in journals such as the European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Legal Studies, and Canadian Public Policy.  She also contributed to the work of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

Dr. Barham will advance the partnership between ASE and the University of Ottawa and other Canadian organizations.

Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan

Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan is currently the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region.  Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Devarajan has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, as well as the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network.   More recently, Dr. Devarajan was Chief Economist of the South Asia Region. Dr. Devarajan was the Director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People.

Before joining the World Bank, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications in public economics, trade policy, natural resources, environment, and general-equilibrium modeling of developing countries.

Born in Sri Lanka, Dr. Devarajan received his BA. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Devarajan will advance the partnership between ASE, the World Bank and other international organizations.

Dr. Ali Hadi

Dr. Ali Hadi is the first recipient of the Distinguished University Professorship, Founding Director of the Actuarial Science Program, and former Vice Provost and Director of Graduate Studies and Research at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He is also Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. Prior to joining AUC, he served as a Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of Statistics at Cornell University. Hadi received several scholarly honors and awards including the Amoco Foundation Faculty Award, the Outstanding Educator Award, and the Schering-Plough Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Dr. Hadi was elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Economic and Social Research, a past Editor of the Newsletter of the International Environmetrics Society, an associate editor of Environmetrics, and an associate editor of TEST (Journal of the Spanish Statistical and Operations Research Society). Hadi obtained his Ph.D. degree with honors in statistics and computer information systems from New York University in 1984.{/slide}

Mrs. Catherine Kossou

Mrs. Catherine Kossou is Director of Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Princeton University. She is a strategic partner in the Finance and Treasury's senior leadership team. Prior to joining Princeton University, Ms. Kossou held several executive positions in the financial management of New York University. During her tenure at NYU, Ms. Kossou was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at New York University in Abu Dhabi during its startup and initial operation years, and Assistant Vice President for Business Operations at New York University. Ms. Kossou also served as Director for budget and Financial Affairs. She has over 20 years of experience in responsible financial management positions and holds an MBA in finance and Marketing from Laval University, Canada. Ms. Kossou will advise ASE on strategic financial planning including the business plan, financial plan and the financial management structure of ASE.

Mrs. Swaady Martin

Mrs. Swaady Martin is the Founder and CEO of the SWAADY GROUP, a socially responsible group of brands that process African raw commodities into high-value products distributed globally. Passionate about agro-beneficiation, Swaady first launched YSWARA, a company that offers high quality African tea and artisan teatime accessories. Today YSWARA is present in 15 countries throughout high-end stores, restaurants, hotels and spas such as Selfridges and the Four Seasons Hotel Group. The brand was awarded the SME Excellence Award in 2014. Prior to launching YSWARA, Swaady had a 10-year career at General Electric Co., where she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world. Her most recent position was GE Transportation Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and acting-CEO for GE South Africa Technologies. Swaady has received numerous distinctions and awards such as being named one of the "Youngest Power Women in Africa" by Forbes, as well as being selected for the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme in 2012. Swaady holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Lausanne and an MBA from the London School of Economics (LSE), NYU Stern Business School and HEC Paris Business School.

Dr. Ritva Reinikka

Former Director of the Human Development Group in the Africa Region of the World Bank. Since she joined the Bank in 1993 as a country economist in the Eastern Africa Department, she has held various positions in the Africa Region, the Middle East and North Africa Region and the Development Research Group, and was co-director of the 2004 World Development Report Making Services Work for Poor People. In 2004-08 she was the World Bank country director based in South Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, Mrs. Reinikka was researcher at the Centre for the Study of African Economies in the University of Oxford and the Helsinki School of Economics. She has also held operational positions at UNICEF and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Léonard Wantchékon

Dr. Wantchékon is Professor of Politics and Economics at Princeton University, and founding director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy, based in Benin, which focuses on research in the evaluation of public policies. Prior to joining Princeton University, he was on the faculty of New York University (2001-2011) and Yale University (1995-2001), and was a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University. He is a member of the Afrobarometer Executive Committee and the Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index committee. In addition, Dr. Wantchékon was secretary of the American Political Science Association and the managing editor of the Journal for African Development.

Dr. Wantchékon completed his tertiary education in Canada and the USA, receiving his MA in economics from Laval University and the University of British Columbia, and his PhD in economics from Northwestern University. His research interests include political economy of development, comparative politics and experimental methods in social sciences. He has published in American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Political Review, World Politics and several top academic journals.

Dr. Wantchékon serves as the guiding director for the project and the Chair of the Board of the African School of Economics. He is also the point of contact for the relationship between ASE and Princeton University.