Principal Investigators

Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy

Director, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is Director, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Professor Samy joined NPSIA in 2003 and since then has taught graduate courses in development economics, international trade, macroeconomics, development assistance and quantitative methods. Professor Samy’s 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 income inequality. 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. Professor Samy holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Mathematics from York University. Learn more about Professor Samy’s research and teaching here.

Dr. Fred Olayele

Director, Sprott Centre for African Research and Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Fred Olayele is Director, Sprott Centre for African Research and Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. A distinguished economist and public policy executive, his research and practice focus on trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. He has published and shared best practices in these areas at numerous conferences and institutions around the world. Professor Olayele has taught courses in economics, strategy, and policy at the University of Regina and Carleton University. He has advised the Canadian provincial governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan across the FDI, economic development, and energy policy domains. He has consulted widely and advised many public and private organisations in Canada, United States, and Africa. He is a Visiting Professor of Trade and Development at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain, and was a Visiting Scholar at the World Trade Institute, Switzerland. Dr. Olayele serves on various non-profit boards and supports many social causes. He earned his PhD in Economics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and his MA in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Learn more about Professor Olayele’s research and teaching here.