Peter Malvicini , Director of the CPRO at Westminster International University in Tashkent
He is known for helping faculty and students fine-tune their research design and methodology. He examined and recommended governance, capacity systems, and M&E in over twenty countries. Pete’s publications appear in international journals, book chapters, and agency reports. A pioneer in open systems-driven facilitation, he is a frequent consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, UN agencies, USAID, and CGIAR centers, and is sought after for large group strategic planning. Pete is a Fulbright Scholar and W.K. Kellogg Fellow, earning his PhD from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Cornell University, but has lived and worked in Asia since 1994. As founder of CPRO, Pete loves talking new research methods and discovering novel ways to tackle complex problems.
Etenesh B. Asfaw, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development
She has a broad experience with academic, research, donor and UN organizations. Dr. Aswaf’s research interests are agricultural value-chains, rural development, rural youth, gender, and natural resource management. Having a Bsc in agriculture economics, she pursued Master’s and PhD in Development Studies (Netherlands and South Africa), respectively.
Raufhon Salahodjaev, Senior Research Fellow, Human Capital and Decent Work
He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in top journals across the social sciences such as Journal of Economics Behavior and Organization, Kyklos, Forest Policy and Economics, Environmental Research and others. Rauf also serves as an advisor to the Government of Uzbekistan for various policy issues and reforms, including, human capital, citizen engagement, special economic zones and trade, and others. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Binghamton University the United States and graduate research assistant at School of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Iroda Amirova, Research Fellow, Agricultural Economics, Natural resource management, Institutional and behavioral analysis
She pursued her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Martin Luther University and Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle, Germany. She obtained her MSc. in Agricultural Economics from Bonn University. Dr. Amirova’s research interests are natural resource management, institutional, and behavioral analysis. She is the principal investigator of the project " Institutions, change mechanisms and impacts in natural resource management of Central Asia (INRESCA)" funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She previously worked with IAMO and International Water Management Institute's (IWMI) Resource Recovery and Reuse theme in Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.
Fabrizio Vielmini, MA, Senior Research Fellow, Silk Road Connectivity
Shakhnoza Safarova, Research Assistant
Our Advisory Board
Kathryn Anderson, Professor of Economics and Director of the Graduate Program in Economic Development at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Professor Anderson is a labor economist whose research explores the consequences of the economic transition on households in Central Asia. Her research examined changes in living standards and poverty, education, health, and employment from 1993 to the present. Some of this research was published in 2003 in a book (with R. Pomfret) entitled Consequences of Creating a Market Economy: Evidence from Household Surveys in Central Asia. Her most recent research examines gender gaps in employment and wages following the 2010 Revolution and the impact of the large out-migration on the human capital development of children. Professor Anderson is a research associate for: the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany (IZA); CASE, Warsaw, Poland; and the Institute for Policy and Public Administration, University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She received her Ph.D. in economics with a minor in statistics from North Carolina State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale.
Charles Maxwell Becker, Research Professor of Economics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Paul E. McNamara, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrew Linn, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK
Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI], Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security.
Shenggen is passionate about food system and transition economies and rural development in China. His research has focused on analysis of the role of public and private investments in agriculture and public infrastructure in the fight against chronic poverty and hunger. In addition to his work on his home country, he has also worked extensively in other Asian countries, and East Africa.
Shenggen received his PhD at University of Minnesota. His research was the first to separately measure the effects of the green revolution promoted by international agricultural research, technological change, and institutional changes in China, on the productivity of the Chinese agricultural system.
Siddharth [Montu] Saxena, Chairperson of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Director of Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre and Honorary Secretary of the Committee for Central and Inner Asia
He has been involved in field-based research in Central Asia since 1996 with particular focus on Bukhara in Uzbekistan and the Ferghana Valley (which is shared by the Uzbeks, Kyrgyz and the Tajiks). Since 2002 he has also been working in Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan, Kashgar in China as well some areas of Afghanistan. In the past, he has spent extended periods in Iran and Egypt for fieldwork.
Current key projects he is focusing on include a study of notions of Eastern Cosmopolitanism in Bukhara and development of the concept of ‘projected commonality’ along with an ethnographic study of Challa, the ‘Muslim Jews’, of Central Asia.