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Gregory University Founder Meets with Professor Leonard Wantchekon to Discuss Possible Collaborative Agreements
Picture (from left to right): Agugua Egwim, Meritxell Roca, Chief Gregory Ibe, Leonard Wantchekon, Giorgia Barboni and Chris Eze Nwoke.
October 5, 2016. Chief Gregory Ibe, Chancellor and Founder of Gregory University in Nigeria, visited Princeton University last Tuesday October 4 to meet with Professor Leonard Wantchekon and discuss partnership opportunities with the African School of Economics (ASE). The meeting is the first step towards an agreement that will eventually focus on four major efforts: recruitment, launch of joint graduate programs in Nigeria, set up of a technology lab at ASE and research projects involving both institutions. The meeting was attended by Giorgia Barboni, Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance, Agugua Egwim, ICT Department at Gregory University, Chris Eze Nwoke, US-based Liaison officer of Gregory University and Meritxell Roca, ASE Program Manager.
Gregory University is a private university located in Uturu, Abia State in Nigeria. It was established in 2012 and its mission is to train, "ethically sound, highly skilled global leaders who shall be catalysts for the technological and socio-economic advancement of themselves and their environment".
Swaady Martin joins ASE Board of Directors
September 26, 2016. Swaady Martin is the Founder and CEO of the SWAADY GROUP, a socially responsible group of brands that process African raw commodities into high-value products distributed globally. Passionate about agro-beneficiation, Swaady first launched YSWARA, a company that offers high quality African tea and artisan teatime accessories. Today YSWARA is present in 15 countries throughout high-end stores, restaurants, hotels and spas such as Selfridges and the Four Seasons Hotel Group. The brand was awarded the SME Excellence Award in 2014. Prior to launching YSWARA, Swaady had a 10-year career at General Electric Co., where she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world. Her most recent position was GE Transportation Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and acting-CEO for GE South Africa Technologies. Swaady has received numerous distinctions and awards such as being named one of the "Youngest Power Women in Africa" by Forbes, as well as being selected for the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme in 2012. Swaady holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Lausanne and an MBA from the London School of Economics (LSE), NYU Stern Business School and HEC Paris Business School.
The Board of Directors is the supervisory organ of ASE. It influences the overall vision and strategic direction of ASE while making sure that ASE stays true to its mission. Together, its members will bring a wealth of expertise in academia, higher education institution management, fundraising strategies and Africa's development problematic. Click here to read more about its members.
Professional Seminar Series Kicks Off at ASE with the Visit of James Roberts (The Heritage Foundation)
September 15, 2016. ASE welcomed last Tuesday September 13 Mr. James M. Roberts, from The Heritage Foundation, for the first Professional Seminar of the 2016-17 academic year. James Roberts, an expert in issues of economic freedom and growth, addressed ASE students and staff members including the Dean, Father Claude Domfang and Professor David Gbaguidi. James Roberts gave a presentation on economic freedom, with a focus on Benin and its neighboring countries. This topic prompted lively discussion among the audience, especially from the students whose questions showed deep engagement with the speaker.
Mr Roberts was accompanied by the Public Affairs officer of the Embassy of the USA in Benin, Kanishka Gangopadhyay, as well as another member of the staff from the embassy. He offered the school library twenty copies of the book "2016 Index of Economic Freedom, Economics Promoting Opportunity and Prosperity." He also distributed a booklet summarizing this book at the event. Like James Roberts, Kanishka Gangopadhyay lauded the impressive work of the students at ASE, also adding that the beauty of the campus was of a notable standard in Benin. The event started at 9 am and ended at 11 am with a family photo.
The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank whose mission is to promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
Students and staff attended the seminar
Mr. Roberts getting ready for the presentation
Mr. Roberts addressing the audience
Mr. Roberts addressing the audience
Hamet Aguemon Appointed ASE Board Member
September 13, 2016. Hamet Aguemon started his career in London in 2003 working for Koch Supply & Trading, and then EDF Trading in Risk management, followed by physical and derivatives commodity trading. In 2008, he joined Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for overseeing their efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hamet has extensive experience working with most governments, financial institutions and corporations in Sub-Saharan Africa. From March 2012 to February 2014, he held the position of Director at VTB Capital, and started their expansion into Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, Hamet founded Emerging Africa Investment Partners to support the booming sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, he joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou in Benin to lead the effort with the private sector. Following the election in April 2016, Hamet left the public office to start Khulatech, a technology startup with the objective of digitalizing the regional economies through innovative and disruptive contents. Hamet holds a Master in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Gestion Paris, and an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
The Board of Directors is the supervisory organ of ASE. It influences the overall vision and strategic direction of ASE while making sure that ASE stays true to its mission. Together, its members will bring a wealth of expertise in academia, higher education institution management, fundraising strategies and Africa’s development problematic. Click here to read more about its members.