Aqdas Afza is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan pursuing a Doctorate in Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In 2014, he interned at the Innovations, Development and Alliances Cluster (IDAC) at the United Nations in New York City. Previously, apart from working in Pakistan’s development sector (microfinance), Aqdas has also taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Aqdas has published two papers on the microfinance sector in Pakistan. Recently, he analyzed the economic and social impact of the persistent rise in global food prices in a series of Op-eds, offering solutions for both increased food production and better food distribution. He currently teaches at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
Tanweer Ali is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a lecturer with Empire State College, State University of New York. He is based with the college’s program in Prague, Czech Republic and also works with the program in Lebanon. Tanweer teaches courses in finance, economics, social enterprise and sustainability. His research interests include full employment, corporate governance and the influence of language on economic discourse. Prior to entering academia he worked in investment banking and consulting. Tanweer has served on the boards of a number of NGOs working primarily in the fields of human rights and gender equality. Tanweer holds a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Oxford as well as the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) qualifications. He is a Research Associate with the Foreign Policy Centre in London.
Shama Azad is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City pursuing a degree in Economics. Her areas of interest include the evolution of money in the context of pre-modern and modern periods, the formation and implementation of macro economic policies, economic development, full employment policies, political economy, and the study of interest rates and exchange rates in the GCC countries. She holds a BA Hons degree from the University of Toronto in Economics and a MSc degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Edinburgh. She has taught macroeconomics at the undergraduate level at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has also served as a graduate research assistant.
Raúl Carrillo is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School . He is a co-organizer for The Modern Money Network (MMN), an interdisciplinary educational initiative for understanding money, finance, law, and the economy. He writes regularly on economic policy, with bylines at The Nation, Yes! Magazine,PolicyMic, The Morningside Muckraker, New Economics Perspectives, and The Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Carlos Maciel is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. Carlos obtained his BAs in Economics and International Studies from Denison University and his Master’s of Science in Economic Theory and Policy from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Carlos has done research on inequality and poverty, while his main body of work focuses on employment policies and environmental sustainability. He is also a writer and editor for the economic blog The Minskys and a board member for an educational non-profit called Project Why: America.
Robert W. Parenteau
Robert W. Parenteau is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a sole proprietor of MacroStrategy Edge, where he uses macroeconomic insights to inform U.S. equity and global balanced-portfolio strategy. He has recently joined Presidio Graduate School as adjunct faculty teaching in the sustainable management graduate program. For more than two decades, Rob served as chief U.S. economist and investment strategist at RCM, an investment management company that is part of Allianz Global Investors. In this effort, he guided the global and domestic asset allocation, sector, factor, and industry selection decision making of RCM portfolio managers and equity analysts.Rob is also a Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute. He has published several papers with the Levy Institute and in Contemporary Post Keynesian Analysis (L. R. Wray and M. Forstater, eds. 2004) and Financialization and the World Economy (G. A. Epstein, ed., 2005). In addition, Rob is a frequent blogger on New Economic Perspectives, EconoMonitor, and Naked Capitalism. Rob’s research focuses on Hyman P. Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis, the macrodynamics of financial imbalances, and monetary sovereignty. Rob earned a BA in political economy at Williams College in 1983. He completed a chartered financial analyst degree in 1989 and then served as a regular lecturer for all three levels of the Security Analysts of San Francisco CFA preparation course until 1999.
Ruchira Sen is a Research Fellow with the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. She is a Ph.D. student of Economics and Social Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The proposed title for her dissertation is “The Secret of Primitive Accumulation as Imperialism 1989-2015” where she identifies the global processes by which the commons are privatized in a Post-Cold War world. According to Ruchira, these processes lead to the commodification of socially owned resources and to the spread of forces that dis-embed economic systems from social relations, destroying the “natural and human substance of society”. While at UMKC, Ruchira was a part of a team of graduate students who obtained a research grant from Economists for Equity and Environment to evaluate the praxis of the multi-anchor model in Cleveland in stimulating the post Recession reconstruction of the local economy. Before starting her Ph.D. at UMKC, Ruchira had obtained a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Meanwhile, she had traveled to Estonia to study a semester of Technology Governance at the Tallinn Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in the political economy of development, international trade and finance and labor issues. Ruchira sincerely believes that it is possible to work towards a future that is just and sustainable and plans to pursue a long career with this objective.
Marco Vangelisti is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and the founder of Essential Knowledge for Transition (ek4t.com). Marco came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In April 2009, Marco left the finance industry and has since been instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter. He is sharing his experience doing direct Slow Money investments with communities around the country to help them increase their capacity for local investing. Marco is currently developing Essential Knowledge for Transition – a curriculum for engaged citizens to understand the money and banking system, the economic system and the financial system and how we need to transform them.
Brian Werner is a Research Fellow at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and an instructor of economics and business at Park University in Parkville, MO. He has also taught at Baker University. Brian is in the process of finishing up his dissertation, which examines the potential of local food systems as an economic development strategy. His research interests include environmental economics and urban development, and Brian has previously worked in journalism and politics. He enjoys aquaponic gardening, ultimate frisbee, and playing music. In 2012, Brian received the Association for Institutional Thought Student Scholar Award for his paper, “The Problems of the Coase Theorem.”