ASE’s alumni of different nationalities have gone forward and exemplified our hallmark of excellence in various fields, across the globe:

Excellence in research

Cutting-edge applied research is our hallmark. We demonstrate excellence in publishing in top-tier journals, and in disseminating our findings at global conferences

Gaétan Nandong

Current Work: Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics. He will start as an assistant professor in the fall of 2024.

Areas of Research: Comparative Politics and Political economy. His work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, using formal models to study political institutions, governance in authoritarian regimes, and theories of collective action.

Moses Ogenyi

Moses Ogenyi is a quantitative researcher for African School of Economics (ASE) Nigeria, currently working on two research projects; School based Management Committees (SBMC) project and the effects of role model for secondary school students (NYSC) mentoring project.

He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics with specialization in Political and Development Economics from African school of Economics Benin republic, and a bachelor’s degree from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi state Nigeria. His research interests cut across political Economics, Development and Business Economics. He previously worked as a Research Associate for Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and as a field data collector for TNS Research & marketing services limited (RMS) Nigeria.

Emeka Nweke

Emeka is a Research Associate at IPA Nigeria. He has over three years of experience in implementing randomized evaluations and evidence-based dissemination on several projects. Before joining IPA, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and an independent contract researcher for Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) in Nigeria, where he coordinated the implementation of five components of the RISE Nigeria Project. Emeka holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics and Economics from the University of Kent, United Kingdom, a Master’s in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics from the African School of Economics, Cotonou, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bingham University, Nigeria.

Hassane Meite

I hold a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Applied Mathematics from New York University Abu Dhabi. My research interests span applied microeconomics topics such as development, labor, and health economics. HASPERE has enabled me to pursue teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and personal research that allowed me to hone my aptitudes as a researcher and ultimately obtain admission into 5 desired Phd Programs. My HASPERE experience has been both enriching and rewarding.

Pan-African & International Connections

Faculty, staff, and students come from all over Africa and include members of the global African diaspora. The ASE community is committed to developing a strong pan-African identity by embracing international connections

Jilmar Robledo

Jilmar Robledo is currently a Predoctoral student in the HASPERE program where he is currently working on his MA program in Economics. He also holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. His research focus is at the intersection of development, health, and education. He is particularly keen on evaluating the environmental externalities of economic activities on early human capital through the lenses of health and cognition. He is currently evaluating the effect of gold mining on pregnancy outcomes in Colombia, where he explores the causal mechanisms by which fetal development is affected by mercury pollution from mining. Jilmar is a Spanish native speaker and was born and raised in Chocó, Colombia.

Marina (Marina Sénami) Monkoun

Current Work: Technical Project Officer Youth Empowerment for UNDP West and Central Africa in Senegal

Education: Master of Business and Administration (MBA) in Development Finance at the African School of Economics in December 2016. Master's degree in microfinance at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

Focus of Research: conducted research on digital money in the microfinance sector in Bangladesh as well as mobile money in Ghana

Other Achievements: In 2016, founded an association called Community Hands Together of Benin (CHTB) to promote entrepreneurship among young people.

-participated in former President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)


We foster socially conscious, innovative entrepreneurs who contribute to African prosperity by taking an active role in it.

Joseph Kamara

Previous Degree: I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics at the University of Liberia and I was a 2nd year Master student in Regional Science.
What did you choose to study from ASE? My goal is to learn all of the technically practical and theoretical skills in economics that would enhance my professional goals of becoming an excellent researcher. These hands-on skills would prepare me for greater responsibilities in research and I feel the African School of Economics (ASE) is well positioned to enhance my knowledge.
What do you enjoy most about studying at ASE? My best memory is when my colleague and I could spend the entire night in the library or our study room at the student residence solving problems in mathematics, macroeconomics, statistics, and econometrics. It appeared really challenging at first, but gradually went on be not just inspiring but also motivating and fun. We even went on to name the study room at the residence as “the laboratory.” Though there are other great memories, those would be my most unforgettable memories.
Previous research experience: I worked as a Computer Software Instructor before moving on to work at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as a Researcher. I spent five years of my professional career at IPA before resigning to further pursue my dream of obtaining a competitive Master’s degree in Economics at the African School of Economics (ASE).
What are your plans after you finish your degree at ASE? I hope to achieve my personal aspirations of helping to solve poverty problems with a specific emphasis on the African continent.
What is your current area of research interest? My research interest is in the area of poverty and inequality.
What would your advice be to future students of ASE? ASE is indeed an open community for students; the interaction with other students is just incredible. Students are always ready to support their peers whenever and with whatever problem they might require support with. I honestly did benefit from this open interaction throughout my first semester mostly due to my limited background in mathematics before coming to ASE.

Marius Chabi

Marius Chabi is a Beninese national. He holds a Masters degree in Public Economy and Applied Statistics (MEPSA in French) obtained at the IERPE, one of the 3 Institutes under the African School of Economics (ASE). After graduating from the IERPE in September 2013, he first worked as the Data Manager at the Centre de Recherche et d’Appui-Conseils pour le Développement (CRAD) in Benin. Despite his young age, Marius landed this job 6 months prior to completing his training – an achievement he attributes to being trained at a prestigious institution like the ASE. He entered the international professional world in February 2014. Marius became a Data Analysis consultant with DHL Benin, on a Laval University project. He did not stop at that! He later became a Graduate Student at the Focus Scientific Research Center in Bangolore, India. In March 2015, owing to his deep commitment to Africa, Marius Chabi did not hesitate to accept an Oxfam America offer to work in Senegal. In Dakar, he was the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant for Oxfam.

Marius Chabi has been a Research Manager for Innovations for Poverty Action in Kigali, Rwanda, since March 2016. He talks about his experience with the African School of Economics: “the training is top class and on par with international standards. The faculty’s caliber is impressive. And the university makes you dream big. The combination of theory and practice is just perfect!”

Service to Society

ASE faculty, students, and alumni wish to give back to African societies by engaging in policy debate and policy making.

Mariétou Sanogo

Former students of the ASE continue to testify about the school. One such student is Marietou Sanogo from Mali who is currently working in Nigeria, after obtaining her Master at ASE in December 2016. Mariétou holds 2 Masters: the 1st in actuarial sciences at the Badji Mokhtar University in Algeria; the second is a Master in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) from the African School of Economics, a pan-African university based in Benin. Immediately after graduating, Mariétou was recruited as an “Impact Evaluation Field Coordinator” at the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Laboratory (GIL) for the African region. Marietou’s current position is linked to skills acquired at the ASE, as she testifies: “The ASE has improved my English and my skills in quantitative analysis. Now I can effectively use the analytical tools I acquired before and during my training.

Alumni Testimonials

Damase Sossou

Master's degree in Public Economy and Applied Statistics (MEPSA) (Grad. 2006)

Former students of ASE stand out wherever they are

Wilfried Adohinzin

MMES (Grad. )

Given that the program is highly demanding, students are pressured to go beyond their limits.

Robert Gbènoukpo Djidonou

MMES (Grad. 2016)

ASE provided to me quantitative skills useful for a good researcher.

Lucie Gayelle Assonfack Kana

MMES (Grad. 2017)

ASE makes me discover the dynamism that I am capable of.

Sossou Simplice Adjisse

MMES (Grad. 2016)

My experience as a student at ASE is the best I have ever had. I have friends from a diverse range of countries and then IERPE is a breeding ground for students to become good researchers.

Lucie Assonfack

MMES (Grad. 2017)

I chose to study at ASE because of the English curriculum, which I hope will prepare me for pursuing a Ph.D. in the United States.

Romaric Ekpinda

MMES (Grad. 2017)

I chose to study at ASE because of how strongly I believe in the mission of the institution and because of the quality of the academic programs, which are particularly well suited for those who aspire to become Africa’s future leaders.

Donan Hounkpatin

MBA (Grad. 2017)

The African School of Economics gives African students the opportunity to study courses that are of the same quality as those offered in North American universities. In particular, the university’s MBA Program is one of the top programs in Africa.

Rolland Massi

MMES (Grad. 2017)

I chose ASE because of the strong relationship between professors, students, and the administration, the high quality of teaching, and the financial aid available to students.

Newton Toe

MMES (Grad. 2017)

I chose ASE because it is an institution that empowers young people who are passionate about research and who want to advance the African continent.

Caroline Tossou

MMES (Grad. 2017)

I choose to study at ASE because of the high quality of the teaching, the heavy emphasis on research, and the bilingual academic environment.

Joseph Kamara

MMES (Grad. )

My goal is to learn all of the technically practical and theoretical skills in economics that would enhance my professional goals of becoming an excellent researcher. These hands-on skills would prepare me for greater responsibilities in research and I feel the African School of Economics (ASE) is well positioned to enhance my knowledge.

Julio S. Solis

MMES (Grad. )

I came to ASE seeking to combine serious training in economics with the chance to live in the region of my academic interest. I also look forward to joining IERPE's research agenda in order to acquire more experience in development economics.

Estelle Kamhoua

MMES (Grad. )

ASE allows me to gain useful technical skills in economics, statistics and mathematics as well as a series of software, which allows me to be effective and efficient in applied research and professional writing. Most importantly, my skill in English has improved enormously such that I feel confident of pursuing my dream of obtaining a PhD at a top university in the US or the UK.

Patel Gbedjemaiho

MBA (Grad. )

After obtaining my degree in Business Management and acquiring various professional experiences, I decided to enroll in the MBA program at ASE in 2017 to diversify my skills and further my knowledge, particularly in empirical research methods.

Nafissatou Lamidi

MDS (Grad. )

I choose ASE because it offered me the opportunity to continue my training in development studies with an unexpected high standard not often offered Benin. It also promised the improvement of my English skills. Finally, I appreciated the financial aid offered, which is a combination of scholarships, a work contract called "work study," and the possibility to participate in IREEP research to significantly reduce "out of pocket" expenses.

Student Testimonials

Christelle Zozoungbo

Dieudonne Metiki

Jovitah Namutebi

Ezechias Djima

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