Advisory Committee

Our Sustainable Marketplace Initiative advisory committee provides us with invaluable insight, networking opportunities, vision casting, leadership, and mentoring to continually improve our work. They contribute experise and outlook to the current and future work of Building Markets, and act as a sounding board for new ideas and developments. We're always looking ahead, and the advisory committee helps to guide our work with their knowledge of economic growth and aid effectiveness and their links to professional and technical expertise to help shape and execute new and innovative ideas. We are pleased to have such qualified and exemplary individuals on our advisory committee to help us promote and guide our work. 


Vijaya Ramachandran is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on a several issues including donor accountability, private sector development, and development interventions in fragile states. Ramachandran is the author of a CGD book entitled Africa's Private Sector:What's Wrong with the Business Environment and What to Do About It, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Most recently, she contributed an essay on Africa's private sector to the first edition of the Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa, and coauthored a CGD report on Supporting Business Growth in Fragile States. She is currently working on a book on donor and NGO accountability in Haiti. Prior to joining CGD, Ramachandran taught at Georgetown University and also worked at the World Bank and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Her work has appeared in several media outlets including the Financial Times, Guardian, Washington Post, New York Times, The Economist, Voice of America, and the Huffington Post. Vijaya earned her BA magna cum laude, MA, and PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Dr. Raymond Gilpin directs the Center for Sustainable Economies at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), one of the Institute’s Centers of Innovation. He leads the Institute’s work on analyzing relationships among economic actors, institutions and activities during all stages of conflict. He is co-chair of USIP’s taskforce on business and peace, and manages the web-based International Network for Economics and Conflict. His recent work on business and entrepreneurship in violence-prone regions includes mining in Afghanistan, private sector transformation in Burma, financial implications of conflict in Cote d’Ivorie, the vulnerability of energy infrastructure in Nigeria’s delta region, collective business action against corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, business and human rights in Ghana, conflict-sensitive approaches to business in Africa, and oil diplomacy in the Sudans. He teaches courses on economics and conflict at the USIP Academy and taught a graduate-level summer course on natural resource management and conflict at Georgetown University in 2011. Before joining the USIP, he served as: academic chair for defense economics at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University; director for international programs at Intellibridge Corporation (now part of Eurasia Group); senior economist at the African Development Bank Group; research director at the Central Bank of Sierra Leone and an economist at the World Bank. He holds a doctorate in development economics from Cambridge University in the UK and an executive certificate in international finance and capital markets from Georgetown University. Recent publications include: “Economic Drivers of Conflict,” chapter in Conflict Management and Global Governance in an Age of Awakening, edited by Pamela Aall, Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson (forthcoming 2013); USIP Special Report: “How Business Can Foster Peace” (2012); USIP Peace Brief: “Using Entrepreneurship to Promote Stability in Fragile Regions” (2012); “Trade and Resource Management: A Development Perspective,” chapter in Nexus Between Security and Development, edited by Joanna Spear and Paul Williams, (2012); “China in Africa,” chapter in African Security and the African Command: Viewpoints on the US Role in Africa, edited by Terry Buss, Joseph Adjaye, Donald Goldstein and Louis Picard (2011); USIP Peace Brief: “Can Economic Reform Open a Peaceful Path to Ending Burma’s Isolation?,” (2010) and USIP Special Report: “Conflict-Business Dynamics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” (2009).