About Us

As you know, AERC is a highly integrated knowledge organisation spanning research, collaborative training and policy outreach. It is now a vast network of researchers, educators, students, universities, policy makers and international resource persons. It is also ranked amongst the top 25 development think tanks globally.

We are proud of our alumni who are currently policy makers, lecturers, researchers, etc. This page profiles our alumni, provides a space for alumni to share information and get in touch.

It also updates the alumni on the activities at the secretariat as well provide information about how to get involved with AERC and to support AERC.

AERC Executive Director’s Message

We announce a significant change to the AERC’s Research and Innovation Fund.  With approval on the 4th of February 2016 by the Ford Foundation to make the existing fund more flexible, the AERC Board has now approved an establishment of a full-fledged endowment fund: AERC Endowment Fund. The income from the Fund will be targeted toward long term sustainability of AERC.

The AERC Endowment Fund will enable the organization to continue building a solid core of highly credible research and a cadre of well-trained economists who focus on issues critical to sustained African development, bringing rigour and evidence to economic policy making.The Fund will start to accept contributions; the details will be communicated in subsequent letters.

We believe the Fund is key to the sustainability of AERC, a precious African success story.



Featured Alumni Profiles

Dr. Louis Kasekende

Dr. Louis Kasekende is currently the Deputy Governor at the Bank of Uganda and has previously served as the vice chairman of the African Economic Research Consortium’s (AERC) Board. He recently served at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Chief Economist. Dr. Kasekende is currently the Chairman of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Board of Directors and an Alumni as well. He has several research papers published by AERC to his name.

Professor Akpan Ekpo

Professor Akpan Ekpo is currently the Director General and Chief Executive of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM). Professor Ekpo has published extensively in his areas of specialization in national and international journals. He has over 170 publications comprising refereed journal articles, books and chapters in books. He is an AERC Alumni has published several Research Papers in the AERC Thematic Research papers series.

Professor Ernest Aryeetey

Professor Ernest Aryeetey is currently the Chairman of the Board of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki. Ernest Aryeetey who has been associated with AERC since inception has published 3 books, 5 edited volumes, 32 journal articles and over 100 conference, working and discussion papers. Some of these publications were thematic research projects completed and published by AERC.

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