AFEA Conversations Series

Introduction: (5 minutes)

Welcome and introduction to the panel discussion, emphasizing the intersection of economics, immigration, and professional development while highlighting the significance of diverse perspectives and experiences in shaping career pathways for African Immigrant Economists.

Panelist Introductions: The Immigrant Economist’s Journey (10 minutes) – Emphasize the diverse backgrounds and expertise of the panelists!

  • Panelists share their personal stories, highlighting their immigration experience and its influence on their career interests and choices.

Unveiling Complex Challenges Confronting African Immigrant Economists (10 minutes)

  • Panelists discuss the unique challenges faced by junior and mid-career academic immigrant economists in navigating career routes.
  • Explore how cultural, linguistic, and institutional differences impact professional development.
  • Examine specific challenges related to mentoring interdisciplinary collaboration, and career advancement.

Audience Q&A: Exploring New Avenues (25 minutes)

  • Open the floor for audience questions, encouraging technical inquiries and discussions on challenging areas.
  • Foster dialogue on emerging career opportunities, and potential for inter-association and cross-institutional collaborations

Closing Remarks: Nurturing a Diverse Community (5 minutes)

  • Summarize key insights and takeaways from the panel discussion, emphasizing the value of diversity in economics.
  • Encourage collaboration, networking, and mentorship opportunities within the AFEA
  • Express gratitude to the panelists and audience for their participation and contributions

Moderator – Professor Fafanyo Asiseh, Associate Professor of Economics. North Carolina A and T State University.1601 East Market Street Greensboro NC email: 


Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong Professor of Economics (Emeritus)University of South Florida Tampa, FL 33620 Email: 

Belinda Archibong Assistant Professor Department of Economics Barnard College, Columbia University Email: ba2207@columbia.edu   

Léonce Ndikumana, Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Director, African Development Policy Program, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 412 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tel: 413-577-0241;