Eric Werker is Lead Academic for IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Eric Werker is the William Saywell Professor in International Business in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and academic lead from SFU to the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. Eric researches how less developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources, and how international actors can play a positive role in creating successful societies. He has written on foreign aid, foreign investment, natural resource management, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organisations, refugees, and Ebola. Eric teaches about emerging markets, strategy, governance, and global economics to MBAs and executives and has authored numerous case studies on companies and countries around the world.
Outside of academia, Eric serves on the advisory group of the Center for Global Development in Washington, and is a member of the Centre for International Policy Studies study group on Canada’s sustainable development policy in Ottawa. He has set up and directed the International Growth Centre’s Liberia program, served as economic advisor to the President of Liberia, supported host government teams negotiating concession agreements, consulted to the NGO Conservation International on low-carbon development and to the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation on foreign aid projects, and worked with the Refugee Law Project in Uganda.