Peter E. Gunther: Senior Economic Advisor

Peter E. Gunther is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut School of Business, and member of the Seminar on Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan. His work at the University of Connecticut involves applications of several innovative technologies to help improve the quality of life on a wide range of initiatives.

Following his appointment to the Pepin-Robarts Commission on Canadian Unity as Chief of Canadian Constitutional Issues from 1979 to 1981, Peter Gunther was appointed by the International Government on African Development as the Resource Person to The Wealth Sharing Table of the Sudanese Peace Negotiations circa 2006 until the signing of the Peace Agreement. That experience generated insights on many international development issues. In addition to that, Mr. Gunther also worked on other issues with the Carter Institute in Atlanta, Alberta Energy, Foreign Affairs Canada, Secretary of State in the United States and, via literature, the Norwegians.

Mr. Gunther is President of Smith Gunther Associates, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts in Economics.

Fergus Maclaren: Head, International Relations & Knowledge Management

Fergus Maclaren is a sustainable tourism and cultural heritage management professional with 25 years of experience in Canada and internationally. His background includes a broad range of tourism planning, destination management and community development aspects including training, risk and gap analyses, performance indicators development, research, site evaluation, needs assessment, Internet marketing, communications plans, site branding, multi-stakeholder evaluation and participation, program design and evaluation, large group presentations and facilitation. Mr. Maclaren has taught sustainable tourism at McGill University and lectured on the subject at post-secondary institutions in North America and Asia. He was elected President of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee in December 2017, and has acted as the Canadian National Expert Representative since 2008. Mr. Maclaren has travelled to Africa four times, originally to undertake presentations and preparatory meetings when he was the Director of the United Nations-funded International Year of Ecotourism program in 2001-03. He was most recently on the continent when he toured the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar Stone Town World Heritage sites in Tanzania.

Roey Gao: Research Intern

Roey Gao received her Bachelor of Economics degree from Chongqing University, China. Before now, Roey worked for NetEase, Inc. where she collected and analyzed data to identify potential markets and factors affecting product demand. Prior to that, she was Social Science Research Assistant with the Bank of China Limited. Roey is an MBA candidate at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.

Hannah Jiang: Research Analyst

Hannah Jiang holds a Master of Science degree in International Money and Banking from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She received her Bachelor of Economics degree from the Beijing Jiaotong University in China. Before now, Hannah worked for four years as Data Analyst with the Beijing Economic Information Centre in China, providing research, analysis and strategic policy advice. Hannah is an MBA candidate at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.

Biaka Imeah: Research Analyst

Biaka Imeah received her B.A in Economics (honors) from the University of Manitoba and her M.A in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked as a Research Assistant with the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan. She has keen interest in research, data and policy analysis. Biaka has passed her CFA Level 1 exam.

Peter Zakreski: Senior Advisor

Peter Zakreski had a 49 year career with Federated Cooperatives Limited (FCL). He joined FCL in 1961 and held various senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, before retiring. He was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Superannuation Society with Pension Fund assets in excess of $3 Billion. Mr. Zakreski is recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Order of Canada in 2002. He has received various awards for his community involvement including the 1991 CFQC Citizen of the Year, 1992 Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and five Certificates of Distinguished Community Service. He helped coordinate the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games, the 1989 Jeux Canada Games, the 1991 World Junior Hockey Championships and the 2002 World’s Women’s Softball finals – all in Canada. Mr. Zakreski also served as an alderman for six years.

Dr. David Fasanya: Head, Strategy

Dr. David O. Fasanya is the author of Way of the Junglepreneur and Way of the Junglepreneur WORKBOOK, which consider strategic adaptation, growth, and entrepreneurial drivers in challenging business environments. As an active practitioner in transformation, change, strategy and analysis, he devotes priority time to his clients and has worked as an adviser and consultant to various public and private sector organisations including the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) UK and JP Morgan Chase among others. Dr. Fasanya was born in Zambia and nurtured across Africa and Europe and his diverse background lends specialised cross-knowledge and insight to issues jointly related to developing and developed economies. A respected thought leader on international entrepreneurship and strategic management, he has over twenty years hands-on business experience and has successfully collaborated on pioneering solutions across several SME’s. He is therefore well versed in organisational practice and corporate governance issues in regions like Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Dr. Fasanya earned his PhD. in Management (International Business) from Lancaster University UK, and holds four other degrees including an MSc. with Distinction in International Business and Finance from Leicester Business School, UK where he graduated top of his class and with the Deans award. A subject matter expert in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Firm Internationalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, his current research focus is on the overlaps of theory and practice using mixed methodology. Dr. Fasanya is the visionary behind ‘Thinking Without the Box – The Retina Perspective’, which is a leading management and strategic innovation tool. He is a featured guest columnist in international management magazines like CEO World and currently sits on the boards of trustees and governors of several bodies and charities internationally. He lives in the United Kingdom with his family.

Alex Pun: Head, International Projects

Alex Pun is a marketing and business development expert, having worked as General Manager with the Asia-Pacific Division of Giesecke & Devrient; Senior Marketing Manager for Philips Lighting in Shanghai China; Commercial Manager for Gerard Lighting Supply Limited; and Business Development Manager with Singapore-based Megatec Holdings, a member of Moeller GmbH, Germany. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (First Class Honours) from the City University of Hong Kong, a Master of Science in China Business Studies (with Distinction) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Master of Business Administration in International Management from the Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is a PhD Candidate in Management.

Sherry Lee: Head, Media and Public Affairs

Sherry Lee is an experienced project manager, group moderator/facilitator and mediator with extensive background in post-secondary education, business-education partnerships, event coordination, planning, research and training. She has worked in the magazine publishing industry for the past four years. Throughout her professional career, Sherry has served in a variety of roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors and has done extensive consulting work at the community and government levels. A superb planner and organizer with strong executive and governance skills, Ms. Lee has worked in the areas of online learning, custom training, fundraising, community relations and communications. Sherry holds a BA with Distinction and an MPA in Public Management.

Dr. Roland Pongou: Head, Research and Evaluation

Dr. Roland Pongou is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. He specializes in political economy, network economics, and demography. His research focuses on the analysis of how formal and informal institutions (including social norms and cultures) determine economic outcomes. Some of the topics covered by his research include the formation of “infidelity networks” and HIV/AIDS spread, human capital accumulation, the competing economic impacts of the slave trade and missionary activity in Africa, the effect of social media on political cycles and instability, and the economic consequences of tactical voting in democracies. He saw first-hand the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in his native Cameroon; Dr. Pongou’s research examines ongoing discussions and development of new approaches toward reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Professor Pongou’s research has earned national and international recognition. He received the 2013 Polanyi Prize for Economic Science from the Government of Ontario and the 2014 Young Researcher of the Year Award of the University of Ottawa. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford. He also won the prestigious Bell Fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Pongou holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University in Rhode Island. He also holds degrees in Mathematics and Demography.