Senior Researcher; African Studies Centre Leiden; Independent consultant/researcher; Professor emeritus, African and Development Studies, American University
Expertise/Research Interests: African development; globalization and democracy; China and India in Africa
Bio: Originally from Ethiopia, Professor Fantu Cheru served as research director of the Nordic Africa Institute from 2007 to 2013. Prior to this, he taught development economics at the American University, Washington D.C., where he is professor emeritus. Fantu Cheru is a leading expert in African development, with field experience in more than twenty African countries. He currently serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Panel on International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) as well as convenor of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy. He has served both as advisor and consultant to a number of governments and donor institutions (UNECA, UNDP, UN-Habitat, SIDA, DANIDA, NORAD, etc.). He is the author of several books, including The African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalisation (2002). He holds a PhD from Portland State University.