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Dr Lyal White

Independent Researcher and Consultant


Dr. LYAL WHITE is an independent researcher and consultant specialising in political economy issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has lived and worked in South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and the US, and is associated with a number of institutions across the globe. Dr. White has taught at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American studies (CLAS) at UC Berkeley. He is widely published in news media and academic journals.

Dr. White was a resident Research Associate at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) from July 2008-June 2009, and is currently a Research Associate at the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA), where he is focusing on emerging powers and, more specifically, driver behind Brazilian foreign policy.

His research interests cover an array of themes ranging from investment rationale, leadership and competitiveness in developing countries to reform, growth and development in Africa and Latin America. He is also co-ordinating research and dialogue geared toward improving South Africa’s relations with Latin America and understanding the role of emerging powers.

Lyal White has a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town and an MA (cum laude) in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch.


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