Melvin Ayogu is concurrently Director of the Executive MBA program and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah; Fellow, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Johannesburg, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, he was a Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings Institution, Washington DC. His work focuses on governance, infrastructure, and economic development. Melvin was Director, Global Leadership Centre at Standard Bank Group South Africa. Previously Dean Faculty of Commerce University of Cape Town, Director, School of Economics and professor of economics at the University of Cape Town. He was also a Rhodes Visiting African Scholar to Oxford University in 1995, Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Development and Senior Rockefeller Humanities Institute Fellow at Harvard University in 2000. Dr. Ayogu is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services, London and serves on the Advisory Board of ONE.org.
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