A seasoned commodities and macro economist with over 22 years banking and financial markets research experience in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Recognised as a thought leader in the global agribusiness sector. Holder of a multidisciplinary postgraduate degree in public policy from the London School of Economics.
An experienced procurement professional with a strong background in global commercial contract negotiations and supplier management. Expertise in Category Management, IT Procurement (Software/Hardware/Services), and Marine Logistics including Oil and Gas field operations in the Gulf of Guinea, Europe and Asia (Singapore).
Vincent is a career consultant adept at delivering large scale transformation and technology implementation programmes. His teams have been nominated/won multiple awards including the UK Management Consulting Awards (MCA, 2013). He has most recently led innovation & automation initiatives for a portfolio of utilities, energy and chemical & natural Resources client delivery engagements out of India.
Formerly with the IMF, Richard specialises in the political economy of west Africa with a keen interest in post war and fragile economies. He has lived and worked in Egypt, the US and Europe. He has an acute appreciation of political risk and is a widely published author. He is a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (UK), International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (UK), African Studies Association (USA)
Wokia is an economics lecturer and researcher at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He obtained his Phd from the University of Gottingen in Germany in development economics. He has worked as a research assistant at the chair for development economics and as consultant for the German Development Agency, GTZ and the World Bank. He is a specialist in finance and international economics and is a member of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). His interests include opportunities and constraints in agriculture.