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Pierre Coetzer is an associate at Reciprocity, a development consultancy based in Cape Town. He holds an MA in International Relations and Public Affairs from the University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, and a BA in Business Management from ICHEC in Brussels. He has seven years experience in Finance and Investment banking with Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg and Euroclear Bank in Brussels. He moved to Cape Town in 2007 to work as an independent analyst on socio-economic and political issues affecting countries in transition, with a special focus on Southern Africa. Within Reciprocity, Pierre is mainly in charge of researching, writing and publishing factsheets on inclusive business models and other initiatives aimed at expanding choice and opportunity for people at the base of the economic pyramid. He holds dual South African and French citizenship and is fluent in French, Afrikaans, English, and German.

Olayinka David-West is a lecturer in Information Systems at the Lagos Business School, Pan-African University where she lectures in information systems management and development, project and business process management and IT Governance. With a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Systems Analysis and Design, Olayinka is currently working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration where she is researching e-banking performance. Olayinka remains active in the IT industry through consulting engagements and research projects. Her consulting areas include strategic IT management, process engineering, systems selection & design, and IT/systems management. She is also the academic director of Enterprise Development Services (EDS); a member of the advisory board of the Micro-enterprise Acceleration Institute; a member of the Association for Information Systems and the academic advocate and member of the Information System Audit and Control Association.

Mamadou Gaye is currently Director of the Graduate Programs at the African Institute of Management (AIM) in Dakar, Senegal, and Director of International Relations. In 2007, he became a member of the Academy of Management of the US. He is in charge of the international MBA at AIM. After participating in international meetings and initiatives funded by UNDP, GBSN, AABS, ICF, ICBE and Trust Africa, he is convinced of the importance and need of African private sector, business schools and universities to enhance case method approaches. He has written six case studies in Francophone West Africa for UNDP in 2006-2007. Mamadou undertook his graduate studies in resource economics in Moscow, Russia, with a specialization in project management (MSc). Awarded a scholarship from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), he finished a master’s degree in organization management at the University of Quebec, Rimouski. This year he was awarded the Canadian International Development Agency Scholarship to start a PhD Program in Regional Development at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi Canada. Mamadou speaks French, Wolof, English, Spanish and Russian.

Michael Goldman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He lectures, researches and consults in the area of Marketing, including topics such as Marketing Strategy & Management, Base of the Pyramid business strategies, Customer Centricity and Strategy, and Sports Marketing and Sponsorship. He is an active member of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded BoP South African Learning Lab. Michael studied for his B.PrimEd degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth before completing the Programme for Management Development and his MBA from GIBS.  He is currently completing a doctorate through GIBS in the area of marketing.

Eria Hisali is a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Management at Makerere University, in Uganda where he has worked since 2000. He holds a PhD in the field of Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He has previously done various consultancies for UNDP and the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda; the Tanzania Economic Development Trust; for the World Bank/FAO; and done research for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Dr. Hisali is a Peer Reviewer for the Africa Development Journal and the African Journal of Business Management.

Winifred Karugu is currently the Managing Director (MD) of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Enterprises (JKUATES), a company that is 100% owned by the University. She is based in the University’s Main Campus at Juja, in Kenya. The Company is the commercial wing of JKUAT and engages in direct linkages with industry through training, consultancy and related activities. She had also served as a director of the JKUATES for three years before her appointment as MD. Prior to this appointment, which took place in February 2008, Winifred was the Director of the School for Human Resources Development, which houses Business and Humanities at the University, a position that she held for four years. Winifred also lectures in economics and marketing courses units at the university. She also engages in research and consultancy. She has published several articles in refereed journals and written several business cases both teaching and analytical. Her research interests include pro-poor business models, SME growth strategies in emerging markets and gender & technology transfer.  Winifred is a member of: Academy of Management (AoM), International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), Africa Technology and Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Kenya Association of Business and Management Professionals (KABMAP).

Oluwasola Oluwemimo is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he obtained B.Sc. (Social Science) with a Second Class Upper Division in Geography. He also holds M.Sc. and PhD Degrees in Agricultural Economics from the same University. He is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His areas of specialization include: agricultural development and policy analysis, environmental resource economics and poverty reduction.  He also teaches economic theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Until he joined the Faculty, he was a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, Ibadan. Dr. Oluwasola is an international scholar, development expert and consultant in agricultural development and policy analysis, sustainable environmental resource management, and rural development and urban poverty reduction. He has worked with several development partners including the Urban Management Programme (UMP), Un-Habitat, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), African Network of Urban Management Institutions and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has also collaborated with the Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, New York; Foundation for Environmental Development and Education in Nigeria (FEDEN); and Foundation for Development and Environmental Initiatives (FDI), Nigeria. He is an American International Visitor on Poverty in an Expanding World Economy: A Multi-Regional Project.

Robert Osei is a Research Fellow in the Economics division of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), of the University of Ghana, Accra. Before joining ISSER, he lectured at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) also in Accra. Robert, in the past worked full time as a research associate with the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT) of the school of economics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has also lectured and tutored various courses in economics at the University of Nottingham, the University of Warwick and the Cardiff Business School. His research interest covers a range of economic policy concerns, mainly capital flows (both private and official), fiscal policy issues, poverty, trade and development, natural resource economics and social security in Ghana. Robert was part of the team that developed the MCA-Ghana program, as the lead economist. He is currently part of a team from ISSER developing a micro-simulation model for Ghana as part of an effort by the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (WIDER/UNU) to build capacity in the use of such models for policy analysis in Africa. His recent research is in the areas of microfinance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Robert did his first degree in Economics at the University of Ghana. He then went to Warwick University, UK, to do his M.Sc. in Quantitative Development Economics. Robert’s PhD Thesis which is titled “Aid, Trade, and Growth in Ghana”, was obtained from the University of Nottingham.

Courtenay Sprague is a full-time faculty member at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Business Administration in South Africa. Her recent research has focused on access to medicines, health equity, and ethics. Previously, Courtenay was based in New York and responsible for managing Carnegie Corporation’s higher education initiative in South Africa. She was also a research associate at Harvard University and has conducted research for the International Labour Organization, the Treatment Action Campaign, and USAID. She has authored and co-developed over 40 published case studies, journal articles and book chapters. Courtenay holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and a joint M.A. degree from Boston University in International Relations and in Resource and Environmental Management, and is a doctoral candidate in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.