Jonathan Greenacre

Assistant Professor, Boston University

PhD, Oxford University

Jonathan Greenacre is an Affiliate Faculty Member with the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. His research focuses on designing contracts to support new technological innovations in Africa and other developing regions. He draws on frameworks from contract theory, law and New Institutional Economics. He has particular expertise in analyzing and building “bridge contracts,” which firms and governments are using to move into rural and frontier areas in Africa. He is exploring mobile money in Kenya, “Hello Tractor” which is a so-called “Uber-for-tractor” sharing app in Nigeria, and the “Bboxx” micro-solar energy service in Rwanda. He has extensive experience in the regulation of new technologies and financial products, and advised the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, governments in Africa and Asia and a range of other organizations on issues around financial inclusion, consumer protection and systemic risk.

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