Dr. Fred Olayele is Director, Centre for African Research and Business, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Canada. His research interests span trade policy, innovation, political economy, and inclusive development. Professor Olayele has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in theoretical and applied economics, strategic management, and public policy at the University of Regina and Carleton University. He has served as a visiting professor and guest speaker across universities and academic institutions abroad. He was a Visiting Scholar at the World Trade Institute in Switzerland, and a Visiting Professor of Trade and Development at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. His research has appeared in The International Trade Journal and the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, among others. Professor Olayele is the author, editor, and co-editor of three books. He previously served as Chief Economist with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Among others, he is Chairman, Board of Directors, Economic Club of Africa in New York; President, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa in Ottawa; member, Academic Advisory Board, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University; and member, International Advisory Board, International Economic Development Council in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom and an MA in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy is Director, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His research interests intersect the broad areas of international and development economics, and his current research focuses on domestic resource mobilization, fragile states, foreign aid, and deindustrialization, and income inequality. Professor Samy has been the Director of NPSIA since 2017. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director (MA program) from 2010 to 2016, and as Acting Associate Director (MA program) from 2008 to 2009. Professor Samy first joined NPSIA in 2003 and has since taught graduate courses in development economics, international trade, macroeconomics, development assistance, and quantitative methods. His most recent books are African Economic Development (Routledge, 2018), co-authored with Arch Ritter and Steven Langdon, and Exiting the Fragility Trap: Rethinking Our Approach to the World’s Most Fragile States (Ohio University Press, 2019), co-authored with David Carment. His research has appeared in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Interactions, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis and Applied Economics. Professor Samy is the recipient of a Research Achievement Award (2013-2014) and a Research Excellence Award (2008) from Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada.