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Dr Djah Urbain ZADI is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS) of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB). He holds a Ph.D.in Government (Public Administration & International Economic Relations), a Masters of Art in Government and an MBA in Strategy from Claremont Graduate University (a member of the renowned Claremont Colleges, USA); a Master of Science in Management from the University of Dijon (France) and a Bachelor of Science (4 years) in Economics/Panning & Economic Development from the University of Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). He was a Postgraduate Management Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). His research interests include International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Global Governance & International Organizations, Public Management, African Politics, Development Policy, and Poverty and Inequality.

Prior to joining IUGB in September 2017, Dr Zadi worked for almost 28 years at the United Nations (UN) generally, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in particular. As Director of Strategic Planning and Program Management at the UNECA, he made significant contributions to major initiatives to improve organizational and operational capacity including the institutionalization of Results-based Management (RBM). He was the Substantive Coordinator of the Annual Joint Sessions of the UNECA and AUC Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. He also served as Peace and Electoral Observer with the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa, from January to May 1994. After retiring from the United Nations in May 2011, Dr Zadi served as Executive Director of the Empowerment and Development Centre (EDC), a South African-based consulting firm in Johannesburg, from 2012 to 2016. Dr Zadi was a Lecturer of Business Administration at the Universite Nationale de Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan (1976-1979), where he also served on this University Board of Management (Conseil de l’Universite) from 1977 to 1979.