Professor Partha Ghosh is a visiting Professor of Strategic Management in the Fletcher School and a renowned management consultant and policyadvisor with an extensive record of solving strategic, operational and complex organizational issues in technology-based industries. He is currently in an advisory role with multiple organizations worldwide, and runs his own boutique advisory firm Partha S Ghosh & Associates focused on policy and strategic issues. Previously, Ghosh was a partner at McKinsey & Company. Ghosh has two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied from 1975 to 1977. He holds Master’s Degrees in (i) Chemical Engineering with emphasis on New Energy Systems & Biotechnologies, and (ii) Business Administration. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering with honors at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, India, and won the Institute medal as Number One graduating student of his class.
Jenny C. Aker
Jenny C. Aker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a member of the Advisory Board for Frontline SMS. After working for Catholic Relief Services as Deputy Regional Director in West and Central Africa between 1998 and 2003, Jenny returned to complete her PhD in agricultural economics at the University of California-Berkeley. Jenny works on economic development in Africa, with a primary focus on the impact of information technology (mobile phones) on development outcomes, namely agriculture, education and health; the impact of drought on agricultural food market performance and famine; the determinants of agricultural technology adoption; and impact evaluations of NGO projects. Jenny has conducted field work in many countries in West and Central Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DRC, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Sudan, as well as Haiti and Guatemala.
Mr. Toshihiro Nakamura is a co-founder of an NGO Kopernik, an on-line store of appropriate technology for the developing world. After worked for McKinsey in Tokyo, he joined UNDP in Timor-Leste, where he was engaged in the nation building process and later moved to UNDP Indonesia to work on post-Tsunami recovery. Thereafter, he served UNDP Sierra Leone as Assistant Country Director, and supported the nation's peacebuilding initiatives. Having grown up in Osaka in Japan, he received LLB from Kyoto University, and Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mr. Yushi Akiyama is a Representative and Senior Manager at Hitachi Corporate Office, Washington D.C, handling public affairs and government relations programs.