The Private Sector & Development Blog relies on a team of advisers whose role is to keep in touch with authors and to ensure that articles are relevant and of a high standard. Coming from a range of different backgrounds, all the advisers share the same interest in development issues and in involving the private sector in playing a pivotal role in the provision of sustainable support to low-income countries.

1Simon Bordenave

Simon Bordenave is a civil engineer, currently studying for a PhD in agricultural resource economics at l’INRA/AgroParisTech.

He holds degrees from École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), Sciences Po in Paris and the Paris School of Economics and is a lecturer at Sciences Po, ENPC and Paris Dauphine University.

Romain Calvary

Romain Calvary is a political science student at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His research focuses on the Ethiopian economy and on the economic and political links between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

2Nina Delhomme

Nina Delhomme holds a master’s degree in economics and public policy from Sciences Po in Paris, the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE) and École Polytechnique. She has a wealth of professional experience – both from having worked as an economist in the economic studies units of the OECD, Coface, and Crédit Agricole (macro banking research), and from having worked as a research assistant in the Sovereign and International Public Finance team at Standard & Poor’s. Nina Delhomme is currently employed as an economist at Crédit Agricole S.A., where she is in charge of economic forecasts for Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, monitoring and analysing the economic and structural indicators for these countries.

3Thomas Dollé

In 2006, after a preparatory arts and social sciences course at Lakanal high school, Thomas Dolle passed the entrance exam for ENS de Lyon, where he studied sociology. After gaining his teaching qualification in economic and social science in 2009, he went to study at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently doing a PhD in sociology at ENS (Ulm), where he is focusing on social entrepreneurs and their discourse.

4Arthur Foch

Arthur Foch is an infrastructure economist specialising in information and communication technologies (ICT). He works in the Transport & ICT department of the World Bank, where he is in charge of telecoms infrastructure development projects in Africa and the MENA region. Arthur Foch holds a PhD in economics from Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) and has conducted research into the factors, effectiveness and challenges of infrastructure privatisation in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the World Bank in 2013, he was a lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and has worked as an economist for the French Development Agency (AFD) in Djibouti, for Proparco and the OECD.

Laurent Kretz

Laurent Kretz holds a degree in international economic diagnostics from Paris Dauphine University and is the regional marketing manager at Delmas (CMA-CGM Group) in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). In the past, he has worked as an economist at Crédit Agricole and as a country risk analyst and economic monitor for sub-Saharan Africa.

5Maria Kuecken

Maria Kuecken is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Paris School of Economics – Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and 2014-2015 PODER fellow. Specializing in development economics, her research focuses on the determinants of educational quality in developing countries. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in development economics and econometrics, respectively, and has participated in projects at organizations such as the OECD and 3ie.

6Hélène Naegele

Hélène Naegele is an economics PhD student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin, where she is studying the evaluation of environmental policies. Previously, she worked for the Centre for Economic and Statistical Research (CREST) in Paris, looking at employment policies for young people and randomized field experiments. She holds degrees in public policy and economics (Sciences Po and École Polytechnique) and psychology (Sorbonne).