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Lecturers and guest speakers


Professor of Economics,  London Business School

Academic Director, Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

Research Affiliate, CEPR


Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Research Affiliate, NBER


James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Politics and International Affairs,

Princeton University

Associated Faculty in Economics

Research Affiliate, NBER

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Professor of Economics,

Brown University

Research Associate, NBER

Research Affiliate, CEPR

Main teaching faculty

Plenary sessions


Visiting Professor of Public Policy, 

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Faculty Associate at the Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University

Fellow at the Harvard University Center for African Studies


Professor of Economics,

New York University


NYU Development Research Institute

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Professor and Chair of Human Evolutionary Biology,

Harvard University

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Professor of History and Director of African Studies, Marquette University

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The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago,

Harris School of Public Policy.

Director of The Pearson Institute


Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Founder of Celtel International 

Guest speakers

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Professor Emeritus of Economics, 

University of Michigan


Professor and Chair of Rural and Environmental History,

Wageningen University

Research Fellow, 

UK Centre of Economic Policy Research

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Assistant Professor of Economics,

University of California, San Diego

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Assistant Professor of Business Administration,

Harvard Business School

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PhD Candidate in Political Economy and Government,

Harvard University


Research Fellow in Economics,

London Business School

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Professor of Public Policy,

Harvard Kennedy School


Assistant Professor of Economics,

UCLouvain, Belgium


Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus,

University of Pittsburgh

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Research Associate at the Laboratory for the Economies of Africa's Past,

Stellenbosch University

Non-Resident Fellow,

Center for Global Development


Professor of Economics, 

Stellenbosch University

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Assistant Professor of Economics,

Barnard College, Columbia University


Research Fellow,

London Business School

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Professor of Economics in the Center for Research in Economic Development,

University of Namur

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Visiting Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population

Associate Professor of Economics, 

University of Ottawa


Professor of Global Economic History, University of Groningen

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Associate Professor of Economic History, 

London School of Economics


Assistant Professor, Universidad de Montevideo

Department of Economics


Associate Professor and former Director, 

Center for African Studies,

University of California Berkley


Distinguished research Professor, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Professor in the Department of Economics,

University of Warwick

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Harvard University, Dept of Government, Ph.D. Student 

Karl Deutsch Fellow 

President, Research in Color Foundation 


Associate Professor of Economics,

Dalhousie University

Non-Resident Fellow, Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa, Abuja, Nigeria

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President, American Jewish University

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Professor in Development Studies,

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Visiting Professor in Economic History,

Lund University


Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank


James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor


Recurring Visiting Scholar, Politics Department, Princeton University

Assistant Professor, African School of Economics



PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy,

Tufts University


PhD in Economics,

 Researcher at the University of Dschang


Pre-doctoral Research Assistant in Economics, 

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development,

 London Business School.

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Lecturer in African History, University of Zambia


Managing Executive: Group Strategy & Innovation at Vodacom

MBA2011, London Business School


Investment Director at Value Capital Partners

MBA2014, London Business School

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Assistant Professor of Economics, Amherst College


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Global Development


Assistant Professor and Doctoral Program Director, Department of Professional Security Studies, New Jersey City University


PhD Candidate in Economics,

 Brown University


Former Researcher at LBS on the 'Political Economy of African Development. Ethnicity. Nation.'

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PhD Candidate in History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Former Researcher at LBS on ‘Ethnic Power Relationships in Africa during Colonialism’


PhD Candidate in Economics,

 London Business School

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MBA candidate 2022, Gary Lubnar Scholar, 

Wheeler Institute Intern,

Women in Business SVP, Black in Business SVP,

London Business School


Senior Fellow, Munk’s School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
University of Toronto


ECEC Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Sloan Fellow 2019, London Business School


PhD Candidate in Economics,

 Harvard University

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MBA candidate 2023, Laidlaw Scholar, Africa Club VP,

London Business School


MiM candidate 2022, Laidlaw Scholar, MiM Student Ambassador, London Business School

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Co-Founder, FirstCheck Africa

MBA2014, London Business School

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The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School was created to research and amplify the role of business in tackling some of the hardest challenges in social and economic development.  We aim to improve lives through identifying what needs to change; linking and applying relevant business research and expertise; and accelerating the adoption and scaling of solutions. 

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