Akim Adekpedjou received his PhD in Statistics from University of South Carolina in 2007. He then joined the faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Statistics with Tenure in summer 2013. Akim's research interests include survival analysis, recurrent events, reliability theory, complex survey data, multiple hypotheses testing, actuarial science and estimation with data missing randomly or not. Dr. Adekpedjou is in charge of the Actuarial Science program at Missouri S&T. His honors include two campus-wide outstanding teaching awards at Missouri S&T  in 2011 and 2012, and was also awarded the outstanding graduate student researcher award in  2006 from the Department of Statistics at University of South Carolina. Akim is Associate Editor of South African Journal of Statistics as of December 2013.


AGUEY, Sêgnon

Sêgnon Aguey is a macroeconomics, financial crises and development economics specialist. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada) with a Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He is a member of the Canadian Economics Association and a referee for distinct scientific journals. Dr. Aguey has many years in research and teaching, as he held a teaching position at the College of Charlevoix, at the University of Sherbrooke and lastly at the University of Quebec at Montreal. He was also a member of research centers like CIRPEE and GREDI.



Dr. Alice Bonou Fandohan obtained her Ph. D. in Economics in 2016 from University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal (Facuty of Economics and Management) with a dissertation entitled “Impact of Floods on the Livelihoods of Farmers in the Context of Forest degradation and Climate change: Case Study of Benin Republic”. She also holds a Research Master in Natural Resources Management (specialisation in econometrics) and an Engineer degree (specialisation in agricultural economics) by University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Prior to coming to ASE, Dr. Bonou worked as an Impact Evaluation Specialist at AfricaRice (Center of Rice for Africa) in Abomey-Calavi (2010 and 2012). She has also worked as Impact Evaluation Consultant for ICRISAT in Bamako, Mali (2016).



David Gbaguidi is a macroeconomist and an econometrician, holder of a Doctoral Degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France). His academic research activities are focused on macroeconometrics, particularly on non-linear modeling of central banks and monetary policy problematic. He has held teaching positions at the University of Sherbrooke, the University of Quebec in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), and at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Guadeloupe). His areas of expertise are primaries: Macroeconomics, Geographical-economics, Econometrics and secondary: Game Theory, Demography, Statistics, Probability and Computing.  Since October 2014, prof. Gbaguidi serves as ASE's Associate Dean of Planning and Student Placement and interim Dean.

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Markus Olapade obtained his Ph. D. in 2013 from University of Mannheim, Germany (Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences). He also holds a Research Master in Quantitative Economics (specialization in econometrics) from the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris School of Economics). His B.A. degree is in Economics from the Georgia-Augusta University Göttingen (Germany). Prior to coming to ASE, Dr. Olapade worked as an Impact Evaluation Specialist at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in New Delhi, India (2012 - 2014). His research interests include education, employment and financial inclusion in developing countries. Dr. Olapade serves as assistant professor at ASE and as director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP).

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Leonard Wantchekon is Professor in the Politics department and associated faculty in the Economics department at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton University, he was on the faculty of New York University (2001-2011), and Yale University (1995-2001). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University (1995) and his M.A. in Economics from Laval University and University of British Columbia (1992). His research is broadly focused on Political and Economic development, particularly in Africa and his specific interests include topics such as democratization, clientelism and redistributive politics, resource curse, and long-term social impact of historical events. He is the President and Founder of the African School of Economics (ASE) and the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP)