Chuku Chuku is a Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Nigeria, and a Macroeconomic Modelling Consultant for the African Development Bank (AfDB). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K., which was fully funded with fellowships from the Federal Government of Nigeria. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Uyo, where he emerged with a First-Class and the University valedictorian for that year. After a short time at the Central Bank of Nigeria, he proceeded to Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, where he obtained an M.A in Economics with fellowships from the Graduate School at SFU, and the Nigerian government. Chuku was Visiting Scholar at the IMF, African Department, and has been involved in consulting and contract research jobs for AfDB, AERC, IDRC, United Nations University-WIDER, UNEP, and the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), among others. His primary research interest is in fiscal and monetary macroeconomics, with stints in finance and environment. His publications have appeared in reputed journals such as Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of African Economies, among others.

Christopher Adam

Christopher Adam is Professor of Development Economics and Head of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK. He is a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, Fellow of the European Development Network (EUDN), and Lead Academic for Tanzania for the Oxford-LSE International Growth Centre (IGC).

A long-time member of the African Economic Research Consortium, he served as Institutional Director representing DFID from 2006-2016, latterly serving as Vice Chair and Treasurer to the Board.

He is currently a co-editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics and serves as a member of the editorial boards of Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Development Studies and the Tanzania Economic Review.

His academic research focuses on the macroeconomics of low-income countries, particularly those of sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years he has worked on issues of fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policy; regional integration; public investment, debt, growth and structural change in low-income countries; and the economics and political economy of aid. He completed his PhD in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford.


Bruce Byiers is a Scottish economist with a PhD from the University of Sussex UK. He currently leads the ECDPM programme on regional integration, focused in particular on applying political economy analysis to regional processes in Africa. This includes an on-going two-year project covering 17 regional organisations where the aim is to understand why regional organisations operate as they do, particularly in terms of the political economy of member states. Bruce also works on issues of trade facilitation and corridors, private sector development, and industrial policy. Now based in Brussels, Belgium, Bruce spent seven years working in Mozambique and has also worked in short-term assignments all over Southern. Eastern and West Africa. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.