We appreciate the input of all those who have advised us


We would like to express our thanks to the following organisations who have been so helpful in our work on African Prosperity. The views expressed in our reports are those of the Legatum Institute and do not necessarily reflect the views of these organisations or individuals.

African Center for Economic Transformation

Dr. K.Y. Amoako
President and Founder, African Center for Economic Transformation

Dr. John Asafu-Adjaye
Head of Research, African Center for Economic Transformation

Efua Kweiba Quaye
Special Assistant to the President, African Center for Economic Transformation

Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Dr. Chukwuka Onyekwena
Executive Director, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Dr. Adedeji Adeniran
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute

Dr. Ali Issa
Managing Director, The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI)

Daniel Fantaye
Programs Director, HESPI

Dr. Gebrehiwot Ageba
Acting Director of Research, HESPI

Gashaw Tsegaye
Research Fellow, HESPI

Edris Hussien
Research Associate, HESPI

Development Reimagination Group Team
OXCON Frontier Markets & Fragile States Consulting

Mohamed El Dahshan
Managing Director, OXCON Frontier Markets & Fragile States Consulting

We would also like to acknowledge the following individuals who contributed their time to the development of our work:

Dr Daniel Aldrich

Daniel is Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program and Professor in political science and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston. He has spent more than five years in Africa, as well as India and Japan, carrying out fieldwork.

Dr Paschal Anosike

Paschal is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director for the Centre for African Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CAEL) at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is also a Visiting Professor at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and Bingham University, Nigeria. He specialises in developing and implementing full-range educational systems for entrepreneurship from curriculum to start-up and scalability, with sub-Saharan Africa as his main focus.

Jake Barker

Jake is a Committee Specialist working for the House of Commons. He is currently working in Myanmar on a parliamentary capacity building project having previously been a subject specialist for several committees including the International Development Committee, International Trade Committee, and Committees on Arms Export Controls.

Yashasvi Chandra

Yashasvi leads the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s strategic engagements with African Parliaments. He has worked with a number of international organisations, including the UN, and holds an MSc in International Human Rights Law from London School of Economics and an MPhil in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Jeremy Lefroy MP

Jeremy is Member of Parliament for Stafford in the UK. He was previously Managing Director of African Speciality Products, which markets coffee and cocoa from East Africa and develops new businesses which add value to agricultural production. He returned to the UK in 2000 following 11 years as General Manager and Managing Director of the African Coffee Company Ltd in Tanzania, and is a co-founder and director of ‘Equity for Africa’, a charity which helps small businesses in Africa to obtain the capital they need to grow.

Nizar Manek

Based in Addis Ababa, Nizar Manek has worked as a regional correspondent for Bloomberg News and Africa Confidential and extensively as a consultant and advisor on mediation, political, security, and commercial briefs in Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa, and the Red Sea area since 2015 for clients from international mediators, arbitrators, and litigators to military commands, banking institutions, and private equity and sovereign wealth funds. A lawyer by background and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Columbia University in New York, Nizar was previously based in Cairo working on Egypt, Nile issues, and the Maghreb from 2013.

Dr Herbert M’cleod

Dr M’cleod is a development economist and has held several senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme including Director of Operations Policy and Resident Coordinator in the DRC and Eritrea. He is currently the Country Director of the International Growth Centre for Sierra Leone and Liberia, which was set up by the London School of Economics and Oxford University to promote sustainable growth in developing countries. He is also the Chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank, Sierra Leone.

Dr Tshibangu Mukumbay

Dr Mukumbay is an independent business consultant in the UK, bringing investors and business opportunities to Africa. He was born in the DRC and has spent time in many countries, including Ivory Coast.

Dr Fedes van Rijn

Dr van Rijn is senior scientist in Impact Evaluation Value Chains and Food Systems at Wageningen Economic Research.

Myles Wickstead

Myles is Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. He was Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa; coordinated the 1997 British Government White Paper on international development; represented the UK on the Board of the World Bank; was British Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union; and was Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa in 2004-2005.