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Grieve Chelwa

Director of Research, Institute on Race and Political Economy at the New School


Dr. Grieve Chelwa is the Director of Research at the Institute on Race and Political Economy at the New School where he leads the Institute’s work on Inclusive Economic Rights. Prior to joining the New School, Dr. Chelwa was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and before that was the Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for African Studies at Harvard University. He’s previously been a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Zambia and advanced degrees in economics, including a PhD, from the University of Cape Town. Before taking up a career in academia, Dr. Chelwa was a banker with Citi and completed postings in Congo (DR), Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Dr. Chelwa is a frequent commentator on economic issues and his thoughts and opinions have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Business Day, Quartz, BBC, NPR, Lusaka Times, Nature News and others.