Board of Trustees & Advisors

Dr. Fred Olayele

Founder & President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa

A distinguished economist and public policy expert, Professor Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans academia, government, finance, and international development. His research and practice focus on trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. He has published and shared best practices in these areas at numerous conferences and institutions around the world. He has consulted widely and advised many public and private organizations in Canada, United States, and Africa.

Dr. Isaías Barreto da Rosa​

CEO & Executive Chairman, Multisectoral Regulatory Agency of the Economy, Cape Verde

Professor Isaias Barreto da Rosa is currently the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Multisectoral Regulatory Agency of the Economy (ARME), Cape Verde. Prior to his current role, he served as the first ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Telecommunications & Information Technologies. In this capacity, he oversaw the development and deployment of policies as well as reliable and affordable Telecommunications, Postal and ICT services for ECOWAS institutions and the West African subregion at large.

Dorothy Gordon

Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme, Ghana.

Dorothy Gordon is the Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board Member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. She has worked in the field of international development and technology for over thirty years and is recognized as a leading technology activist and specialist on policy, education, technology, and society in Africa.

Dr. Leif Rosenberger

US National Security & Strategy Expert, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, United States

Professor Leif Rosenberger teaches courses on the Economics of International Security and International Financial Crises in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published 12 books and 60 articles.

Dr. Roland Pongou

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa, Canada

Professor Roland Pongou is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and an Affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, health human capital, and economic development. His work focuses on the microeconomic analysis of formal and informal institutions, and on the effects of institutions on various aspects of individual and societal wellbeing.

Dr. Marius Venter

Director, Centre for Local Economic, Development University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Marius Venter is currently the Director of the Centre for Local Economic Development in the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg where he teaches, conducts research, and undertakes community outreach. He is focused on promoting new excellence, preparing the next generation of local economic and human settlement development practitioners, and creating enduring physical and virtual spaces of interactions among practitioners, academia, researchers and stakeholders.

Amine Laghidi

President, National Commission of Capital and Intangible Economy, Rabat, Morocco

Amine Laghidi is President, National Commission of Capital and Intangible Economy, Morocco. An internationally recognized expert in business creative strategies and new trends of globalization, Mr. Laghidi had a successful career that led him to four continents where he held important positions in the private and public sectors.

Sherry Lee

Director, Partnerships and Public Affairs, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa.

Sherry Lee is Director, Partnerships and Public Affairs at the Economic Innovation Institute for Africa. Ms. Lee has worked in the magazine publishing industry for close to a decade. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Lee has served in a variety of roles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors and has done extensive consulting work at the community and government levels.