January 8, 2015. We are excited to welcome Nadia Adisso to ASE as our new Director of Finance and Administration. Most recently, Nadia worked for Africa Capital as its Accounting and Finance Manager for more than 6 years. Prior to that, she was a Finance Manager at Pegaz Industrie.

Born in Benin, Nadia holds a Masters degree in Banking and Markets’ Finance from Ecole Nationale d’Economie Appliquée (ENEAM).

Prof. Leonard Wantchekon receives the Kwabo Award


January 5, 2015. Professor Leonard Wantchékon received on Friday, December 19, 2014, the Kwabo Award of Excellence and Merit for the Beninese Diaspora. The gala and award was presented by the NGO “Vies et Valeurs” (Lives and Values) under the patronage of the Benin Ministry for Foreign Affairs and African Integration.

The evening gala distinguished five awardees: Professor Leonard Wantchékon, Cornellia Adjibi (artist, singer, and music teacher residing in France), Dr. Paul Tossa (toxicologist, researcher in epidemiology and public health at EDF in France), Conseil des Béninois de France and the IFE Foundation, founded by Rufin Zomahoun.

According to Yves Agbannon, President of “Vies et Valeurs”, these men and women have particularly marked their country through their actions in their host community. Agbannon added that the Jury, formed by diplomats and prominent personalities, had been very busy this year due to the high merits of the candidates. Professor Wantchekon was nominated both for launching ASE and his election as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As a prelude to the gala, “Vies et Valeurs” organized several workshops, conferences and debates on development issues, migration and youth employment; the events took place on December 18 and 19 at Place des Martyrs in Cotonou. Among the exhibitors, the IFE Foundation; Campus France; Cabinet ADRC (leader in management of grassroots development projects); DAAD (German service education); the African School of Economics; Access Canada and Allianz Insurance. These activities, according to Yves G. Agbannon, aimed at showcasing the works of Beninese who live beyond our borders.


Group picture of the organizers and the awardees


December 18, 2014. At ASE we believe that there is no better way to learn about our programs than through our current students. Our students share a record of achievement, strong leadership, and the ability to work in teams. Browse their profiles to learn more about our MBA and MMES programs.

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December 12, 2014. Dr. Markus Olapade will join ASE as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He will start teaching in September 2015, in the meantime he will hold a Post-Doctoral Research position at the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP) from January 2015 until August 31.

Dr. Olapade obtained his Ph. D. in 2013 from University of Mannheim (Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences) with a dissertation entitled “Essays in Impact Evaluation for Development”. He also holds a Research Master in Quantitative Economics (specialisation in econometrics) by University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris School of Economics). His B.A. degree is in Economics by Georgia-Augusta University Gottingen.

Prior to coming to ASE, Dr. Olapade worked as an Impact Evaluation Specialist at International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in New Delhi, India (2012 - 2014). He has also worked as Statistical Consultant for OECD in Paris (2007) and interned at The Globalist (Washington D.C.) as Economic Researcher.

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Leonie Koumassa-Bonou (MMES, Class of 2016) introduces Mr. Aime Sedegan


December 9, 2014. On Thursday, December 4, 2014, engineer Aime Sedegan presented his academic and professional background, as an statistician and economist in the water and sanitation sector, to ASE students as part of ASE’s weekly Professional Development Seminar Series. Mr. Aime Sedegan discussed his experience as a Water and Sanitation Engineer at IGIP Africa. For 15 years, IGIP Africa has conducted research in the field of water, sanitation, construction, and environmental concerns in Benin. The technical assistance of IGIP Africa aims to support the work of both the public and private sector organizations.

Mr. Aime Sedegan has spent most of his life in Benin. He completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). After 3 years in this university, he continued his studies at University 2iE of Ougadjougou (Burkina-Faso). During this time, he developed an expertise in informatics and software design. Using his expertise in computers, he obtained his first job at IGIP Africa as a project manager. His long-run vision is to create his own research institution for water and sanitation projects.

Throughout his presentation, Mr. Sedegan explained the importance of statisticians and economists in the water and sanitation sector. In fact, statisticians and economists can analyze hydrology data, conduct financial and organizational audits of research projects, and create survey evaluations of research projects. Mr. Sedegan referred to the statisticians and economists of a hydrology project, as the thinkers behind the research project.

The Q&A following Mr. Sedegan’s speech offered a number of insightful reflections. Marina Monkoun (MBA, Class of 2016) asked about the management issues of two hydrology projects, Oueme’s valley and Nokoue’s lake, in Benin. Mr. Sedegan explained that solving these problems is a matter of profitability. He said that this valley and lake don't have enough resources to make the government’s expenditure profitable. Elhadji Mai Boukar (MMES, Class of 2016) enquired about why the coverage of drinking water is limited. According to Mr. Sedegan, this problem can be explained by the lack of funds to build dams in areas with poor access to drinking water.

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Mr. Aime Sedegan discussed his professional experience with IGIP Africa


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Randolphe Agossou (MBA, Class of 2016) asks Mr. Sedegan about the application of his work to water management in Benin