Olu Ajakaiye has been Director of Research at the African Economic Research Consortium in Nairobi, Kenya since October 2004. Prior to that, he worked at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), where he held several positions. He has been the chairman of the National Core Team for the preparation of the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and a member of the drafting team of the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy. He has consulted for several international organizations including ACBF, IDRC, Carnegie Corporation, DFID, EU and the World Bank. He has been editor of the Journal of Economic Management (1995-2002) and business manager of the African Journal of Economic Policy (1994-2004). He specializes in economic development policy analysis and development planning using a variety of quantitative techniques. He has published widely on topics related to the area of economic development.