The Advisory Group will provide advice on the scientific and technical aspects of the research carried out by STEG and will provide advice on and facilitate the dissemination of policy relevant research results to relevant stakeholders in the policy community and private sector, particularly at the international level. 



Yaw Ansu is Chief Economist Emeritus at ACET. He was the principal author of ACET’s 2017 African Transformation Report, Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation, and the maiden 2014 report, Growth with Depth. Prior to joining ACET Yaw spent over 26 years working at the World Bank in various capacities, including as Research Economist, Country Economist, Country Director, Director for Economic Policy and Head of the Economists Sector Board, and Regional Sector Director for Human Development for Africa. He led several World Bank teams in helping countries formulate and implement economic growth, transformation, and export diversification strategies and to respond to macroeconomic crises. As Regional Sector Director, he led over 150 staff to deliver World Bank programmes in education, health, population, nutrition and social protection. Yaw holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, and an M.S. and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.



Francesco Caselli holds the Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics at the London School of Economics, where he is also the Co-Editor of Economica, and a former editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He is Programme Director of CEPR’s Macroeconomics and Growth programme, and has published widely in the areas of agriculture and structural transformation. His work also includes contributions to the understanding of convergence and cross-country income differentials. He is the author of the book Technology Differences over Space and Time. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1997, where he was also the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy from 2002 to 2005.


Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College Oxford. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. Between 2011 and 2017 he was Chief Economist of DFID; in this position he provided strategic advice and was responsible for ensuring the use of evidence in decision making. His research interests concern what keeps some people and countries poor: the failures of markets, governments and politics, mainly in Africa, and how to achieve change. Current research work focuses on the psychological challenges of poverty, the political economy of development, the challenges of industrialisation in Africa, the challenges and opportunities of new technologies, and how to organise and finance responses to natural disasters and protracted humanitarian crises. In 2018 he was awarded an honorary Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to economics and international development.



Shanta Devarajan is the Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC) at the World Bank. Previously, he was the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was a director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A member of the Overseas Development Institute’s Board of Trustees, and the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modelling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Sebnem Kalemli-Özcan is the Neil Moskowitz Endowed Professor of Economics at University of Maryland. She is an NBER Research Associate and a CEPR Research Fellow. She was the Duisenberg Fellow at the European Central Bank in 2008 and held a position as Lead Economist/Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank during 2010-2011. She has held positions as a CFR International Affairs Fellow in International Economics based at the Federal Reserve Board and International Monetary Fund for 2017-2018. She has published extensively in the areas of international finance, international development and applied growth theory in journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance and the Review of Economics and Statistics.



Nina Pavcnik is Professor of Economics and Niehaus Family Professor in International Studies at Dartmouth College. She is a senior development trade economist; her research interests are at the intersection of international trade, development, and industrial organization, examining how households, workers, and firms respond to globalization. Her research projects investigate the consequences of large-scale trade policy reforms for economic growth and inequality. A native of Slovenia, she received a BA in Economics from Yale and a PhD in Economics from Princeton. She has been an NBER Research Associate since 2005 and a CEPR Research Fellow since 2012. She has published widely in the top five journals in economics. She has acted as an advisor/consultant for the World Bank, the WTO, the IADB, the US Department of Labor and the IFPRI.


Richard Rogerson is the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and his teaching and research interests are in the fields of macroeconomics and labour economics. His published work includes papers on labour supply and taxes, business cycle fluctuations, the effects of labour market regulations, financing of public education, and is a leader of the literature on structural transformation and growth. He is a NBER Research Associate and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and former editor of the American Economic Review.


Rosine Sori-Coulibaly was Minister of Economy, Finance and Development in Burkina Faso between January 2016 and January 2019. She has over 20 years of experience working in the UN, particularly the UNDP, where she carried out several leadership roles including Special Assistant Deputy Secretary General of the UN, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Under her leadership as Principal Economist of the UNDP Benin, several programmes were developed and implemented in the areas of promoting inclusive growth, grassroots development and climate change. It introduced reforms aimed at improving the efficiency of UN Operations and increased government accountability for coordinating and monitoring the performance of projects. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics from the University of Dakar.


Sarah Ssewanyana holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia; a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada; and an Honours degree in Statistics from Makerere University. Sarah joined Uganda’s Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in March 2003 as a Senior Research Fellow, became a Principal Research Fellow in 2008 and was appointed Executive Director in 2009. She has steered the Centre to be recognized as one of the globally renowned policy think tanks. She is both a researcher and has extensive experience in policy-oriented economic research. She has a number of peer-reviewed publications and working papers in the areas of poverty, food security, health, education and social service delivery. She has served on several boards as a member. She currently serves as a member of the Uganda National Panel Steering Committee; Presidential Economic Council, Expanded Board of the National Planning Authority; member of the INCLUDE Platform Steering Group (a platform under the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Uwezo National Advisory Committee, among others.




Wahiduddin Mahmud obtained his PhD in economics from Cambridge University and has recently retired as Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He has frequently consulted for international organizations and has held teaching and research appointments at Cambridge, IDS at Sussex, IFPRI and the World Bank, among others. He has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UN-CDP) and is currently chairman of the South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) and is on the Board of Global Development Network (GDN). Together with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, he co-founded and was chairman of the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), which is an apex institution for funding the microfinance programmes of NGOs in Bangladesh. His assignments in Bangladesh include chairing several government commissions and committees including those related to bank reforms, national income accounting, implementation of Millennium Development Goals and the preparation of the country’s five-year development plans. He was a member of the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 1996 in charge of the ministries of finance and planning. He has authored a number of books and numerous journal papers on a wide range of topics in economic development.