Chairman – Professor Franklyn LISK

Franklyn Lisk, an Economist with 45 years of academic and policy experience, is currently Professorial Research Fellow at Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), University of Warwick, UK, where he specialises in the international political economy of African development and is also the ‘Africa Lead’ for the university’s Global Research Priority Programme on International Development.

Outside Warwick, Professor Lisk acts as Special Adviser on Policy to former President of Nigeria, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, and is a Senior Associate of the Center for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL) which is based in Dakar, Senegal. He is also an honorary visiting Professor in Health Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

In addition, he regularly provides technical advice on development strategy and policy issues to various UN development organisations, multilateral and national and donor agencies, and African regional institutions and governments. Before joining Warwick University in 2006, he was at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for a year as a visiting professor, and prior to that spent three decades with the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) where held key positions including Senior Economist, Regional Adviser on Employment Planning and Policy for the Caribbean, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Director of ILO Liaison Office in New York and Special Representative to the UN and the Bretton Woods institutions, and founding Director of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work.

He has published widely on national and international development and globalisation policy issues including global health governance and health sector development, employment promotion and labour market policies, poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies, China-Africa relations, natural resources management and climate change. He holds a PhD in Economics and West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he also lectured in development economics in the early 1970s.

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