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DPRU Research Fellows

 

Nancy Benjamin

DPRU Research Fellow

Following a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, Ms. Benjamin worked as an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, in the Asia Department of the IMF, the Research Department of the US International Trade Commission, and published on resource-rich countries, the impact of trade policy on productivity and growth, nontariff barriers, and on trade in services.

At the World Bank, she has worked on West African and Middle Eastern countries, focusing on public expenditures, growth, governance and informality, as well as the regulation of multi-country infrastructure.  She enjoys working closely with the World Bank's client countries; her work on the informal sector is the product of extensive collaboration with local research teams.

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Alistair Ruiters

DPRU Research Fellow

Dr Alistair Ruiters served as a public servant in the South African Democratic Government between 1994 and 2005. During his tenure, he held numerous senior positions, including Commissioner of the Competition Commission, Director General of the Department of Trade and Industry, and Chairman of the National Empowerment Fund.

After leaving the public sector, Dr. Ruiters started his own company.  As a mining executive, he has served on numerous Boards, and was the Afarak Group’s Chief Executive Officer in 2015 and 2016. He is currently CEO of Lilly’s Footsteps, a privately owned investment company, that seeks to balance its entrepreneurial activities with its social actions in communities in and around Cape Town. Dr. Ruiters holds degrees from the University of Cape Town and a Doctorate from Oxford University.

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