Prof Franklyn Lisk

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Prof Franklyn Lisk


Franklyn Lisk is a development economist and policy adviser with almost 50 years of professional experience. He is currently the Academic Director for Africa in the Executive Office of the University of Warwick, where he is also a Professor in the Politics and International Studies Department and the Warwick Medical School.

Outside Warwick, Professor Lisk is an honorary visiting Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, and a Senior Associate of the Centre for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL) in Dakar, Senegal, which he co-founded in 2009. 

He provides technical advice to United Nations (UN) and international development agencies and institutions such as the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). He has taught and carried out research in universities in the UK, South Africa, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and Sierra Leone. Outside academia, Professor Lisk worked for several years with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland and held key positions including Senior Economist, Regional Adviser for the Caribbean, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Special Representative to the UN in New York, and founding Director of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work. 

Professor Lisk holds a PhD degree in Economics and West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he commenced his professional career as a lecturer in development economics in the 1973.