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SET Director

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is the SET director and is overall responsible for the running of the programme. He is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group at ODI. He is the Research Leader for the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.  He has published widely on trade, investment and economic transformation. He has advised country governments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and donor agencies such as DFID, European Commission, UN and the World Bank. He was also Team Leader for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2015 on Combining Finance and Policies to Implement a Transformative Post-2015 Agenda.

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SET Programme Manager

Sonia Hoque is the SET Programme & Operations Manager. Prior to joining ODI she worked in the PwC Consulting International Development team, managing and supporting activities for several multi-million pound DFID programmes on impact investing and education. Other experience includes working in the United Nations Department for Economic & Social Affairs (DESA), working for NGOs in the UK and in the Netherlands, and in financial services. She holds a BSc in Economics from SOAS, University of London and an MSc in International Development from the University of Amsterdam. Prior research experience includes service sector offshoring to Thailand, particularly medical services and tourism. SET research includes issues of youth employment, jobs and skills for inclusion in economic transformation, with a country focus in Nepal.

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Team Members

David Booth is a Research Fellow at ODI. He leads research on Developmental Regimes in Africa, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This builds on the conclusions of the Africa Power and Politics Programme, a five-year consortium research programme supported by DFID and Irish Aid. David Booth has worked on aid, innovations in development policy and practice, and the political economy of governance and service delivery. He has experience in sub-Saharan Africa and several parts of Asia and Latin America. Between 2000 and 2009, he was the editor of Development Policy Review. David has worked on the SET Nigeria paper and on an Anchor paper.

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Alberto Lemma is a Research Fellow at ODI, an economist and specialist on private sector development, specifically with regards to access to finance, business partnership programmes and the interplay between the private sector and climate change adaptation and mitigation. His work in finance is focused on Development Finance Institution impact assessment and the role of DFIs in development, SME finance and access to innovative sources of finance (such as crowdfunding or alternative financial mechanisms to SMEs). On SET Alberto has worked on the Tanzania project and supported the DFID Inclusive Growth Diagnostic for the Occupied Palestinian States.

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Judith Tyson is Research Fellow at ODI, a specialist in financial market development for developing countries. She has more than two decades’ experience as an investment banker at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank and spent six years at SOAS as a research assistant on the EU FESSUD project on financialisation, adjunct lecturer and completing a PhD in financial sector development. Her research has focused on capital markets, financial instability risks, financial inclusion, insurance and co-partnering of public and private sectors in financing for development. On SET Judith has worked on a paper on services and economic transformation.

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Maximiliano Mendez-Parra is a Research Fellow at ODI, trade economist and former agriculture trade official in Argentina with 14 years of experience, specialising in the analysis of multilateral and regional trade policies in agriculture and NAMA. He has worked in the analysis of regional trade agreements and unilateral preferences, as well as the evaluation of the WTO negotiation proposals in agriculture trade and effects on food security. He has studied the poverty and income distribution effects of the US-Peru and US-Colombia FTAs and of the Doha Round, and assessment of regional trade agreements. On SET Max has worked on trade and economic transformation, work on Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Jane Kennan is a Research Officer at ODI specialising in the analysis of trade and related statistical data to support studies of trade policy. She has undertaken research for a wide range of clients, including the UK Department for International Development, EU Commission, European Parliament, Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat, South African National Treasury and Department of Trade and Industry,  Andean Group Secretariat, Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery, and governments of Colombia, Mauritius, Moldova and Ukraine. Jane has worked on the data portal for the SET programme.

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Tim Kelsall is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London who specialises in political economy analysis and political anthropology, and has interests in governance, democracy, transitional justice, economic growth, education, and health. He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to joining ODI he taught politics and development studies at Oxford and Newcastle Universities, edited the journal African Affairs, and worked freelance for organisations such as the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, the Developmental Leadership Programme at the University of Birmingham, and the Asian Development Bank. He has published extensively on issues of politics and development in Africa and Asia, is an alumnus of the East-West Center in Hawai’i, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester. His latest book is Business, Politics, and the State in Africa: Rethinking the orthodoxies on growth and transformation (London: Zed Books, 2013). On SET, Tim is currently working on a project with Tanzania.

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Hamish Nixon is an experienced governance specialist working at the intersections of decentralisation and democratisation, public finance and service delivery, conflict and security, and statebuilding in fragile states. Before joining ODI he spent over ten years in research and policy roles in fragile states covering subnational governance and decentralization; aid effectiveness, statebuilding and public financial management; service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected contexts; community-driven reconstruction; election supervision and monitoring. Hamish completed a D. Phil. in Comparative Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Hamish is currently working on a SET project studying Chinese investments in Myanmar.

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Linda Calabrese is a development economist. Her research interests range from trade and regional integration to private sector development and structural transformation. Linda has extensive experience in using research to inform policy and she has worked extensively with policymakers. Prior to moving to London, Linda spent four years in East Africa (Uganda and Rwanda) working with government and research organisations. Linda is currently working on a SET project studying Chinese investments in Myanmar.

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Neil Balchin is a researcher and trade economist, specialising in regional integration and firm-level analysis. His areas of expertise include regional trade agreements, product market integration and supply chain linkages. Neil has previously worked as a researcher and consultant in several different capacities in South Africa, undertaking a diverse range of policy-oriented research on trade and economic development issues across the Southern African region. Most recently, Neil worked as a Research Associate for the Centre for International Development at Harvard University. He holds a B.Com in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, B.Com (Honours) and M.Com degrees in Economics, and a PhD in Economics, all from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. For SET, Neil has worked on a baseline report on Economic Transformation, and also on trade and a project on Tanzania.

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Dr. Stephen Gelb is Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, where he leads the work on private sector development. He is an economist with thirty years of research and policy experience in South Africa and several other developing countries. He has been an adviser to President Mbeki in South Africa and a consultant for several UN and other multilateral agencies. He has written extensively on South African economics and politics, on investment between Asia and Africa, on global value chains in manufacturing and agro-processing, and on the financial services sector. He has taught economics, political science and development studies at universities in South Africa, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He established and ran The EDGE Institute, an independent research organisation in Johannesburg, and has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

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Jun is development economist. His research interests cover innovation and economic transformation in development countries, outward FDI from emerging economies, south-south integration, and productivity growth. Before joining ODI, Jun was previously a research officer at the University of Oxford. He was engaged in several EC and ESRC funded projects, focusing on innovation and development issues in Ghana, Tanzania, and China. Jun obtained his PhD in the economics of technical change from Maastricht University; and his MA in the economics of development from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University.
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Phyllis leads the ODI’s work in International Macroeconomics. She has over a decade of experience as an international economist and senior financial strategist in investment banking and has advised governments, central banks and major financial institutions. Her expertise is in economic policy, exchange rate economics and financial crises. he has a strong interest in financial inclusion, infrastructure and spatial economics and advised Mongolia’s government on its railway expansion and housing regeneration. She has also advised multilateral organizations including the World Bank and the United Nations. Phyllis is a regular commentator in the UK and international media.