Dr. Nana Amma Asante-Poku, currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Her educational background includes a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK, an MPhil and BA in Economics from the University of Ghana.
Before relocating to Lagos, Nana Amma was a research analyst with the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), a private think-tank based in Accra, Ghana, whose clients included various African governments. She also previously worked with KPMG Ghana.
Her research interests are in International Trade and Agriculture development. She has conducted research on China-Africa Trade relations, Agribusiness development in Africa and the role of local conditions in the restructuring of Global Value Chains (GVCs). In addition, she has contributed to publications by the Commonwealth Secretariat (UK) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (UK).
Trade and agriculture on the African continent is beset with several challenges. The Blockchain technology has the potential to radically change the way we trade and develop. This underlies her interest in the topic of Cryptonomics.
Fortune Nwaiwu is a multi-disciplinary professional with expertise in Entrepreneurship, ICT for Development (ICT4D) research, and social innovations. He worked as IT Manager with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, a research and advocacy focused non-governmental organization based in Nigeria.
He also worked as Service Delivery Manager for the ICT business of InterOil Nigeria Limited (a member of Intels Group). He has authored and co-authored several research papers relating to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for development, and on how ICT affects socio-economic development and small and medium enterprises especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He holds a master’s degree in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester, a Master’s in Business Administrations (MBA) Degree from Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands, and he is currently studying for a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Management and Economics at Tomas Bata University in Czech Republic. The focus of his Doctoral research is on Digitisation and Platform Economy, with the aim of understanding how businesses in Africa are adopting digital technologies and adapting their existing business models and operations to the challenges and opportunities created by digital technologies.
Omobolanle Adeniran is a Research Analyst for Cryptonomics Africa (Africa’s fore-most fintech research team). With a degree in Economics, she has served as a contributor to various fintech websites. She has been studying the blockchain and cryptocurrency space in Africa and writes for Cryptonomics Africa. She’s enthusiastic about the application of blockchain technology in finance and the associated opportunities it brings towards the development of Africa.
Francisca Olisakwe is a voracious internet marketer, web developer, SEO analyst, cryptocurrency investor and researcher with many years of experience in the field of Information Technology. She has worked as a freelancer both national and international and performed excellently in her profession.
Andrew S. Nevin (PhD), is a leading global thinker, with over 30 years of professional experience as a strategy consultant, economist, line manager, failed entrepreneur and private equity investor, and in his professional career has lived in Asia, North America, and Europe. He has been based in Lagos, Nigeria since early 2012.
Today, his focus is on transforming the world’s economy for the benefit of all. He does this in 3 ways:
- As Co-Founder and Chief Economist of Binkabi (www.binkabi.io). Binkabi is a Fintech start-up that reimagines global trade to create a more affluent and fairer system for all in the Binkabi network. Binkabi’s core innovation, the Barter Block, enables direct, secure and cost-effective physical commodity trading in a decentralised manner through the use of blockchain technology. Barter Block incentivises the automatic balancing of bilateral trade, empowering countries to trade internationally in their local currencies. The Binkabi name and logo is inspired by the West African symbol Bi Nka Bi for peace and harmony.
- As Advisory Partner and Chief Economist at PwC Nigeria, Andrew plays his role in trying to create a strong and vibrant economy in the world’s most dynamic continent. He serves numerous Nigerian and Global companies groups across a range of complex issues. and recently started helping Lagos (Africa’s largest city and the largest city economy in Africa) improve its Ease of Doing Business, a critical challenge. As Chief Economist, he leads Nigeria’s top economics team with a current focus on helping Nigeria improve its business environment to increase investment and inclusive growth. He is a frequent TV commentator and contributor to the print media.
- Through his personal economics writing (www.nevinomics.ca), which focuses on shifting our thinking from a GDP lens to a Flourishing lens. Andrew believes a Flourishing lens for policy thinking will lead to many more people doing well than with the current economic orthodoxy.