Kasirim NwukeManaging Partner at Mirisak & Associates
Kasirim Nwuke is the Founder and Principal Partner of Mirisak & Associates, a policy research and advisory firm. With over two decades of experience in national and international development, academia, and governmental and non-governmental sectors, Kasirim was Chief of the Green Economy, Innovations & Technologies Section at the Technology, Climate Change & Natural Resource Management Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). In that role, he led ECA’s support to African countries’ efforts to deliberately harness science, technology, and innovation to advance the frontiers of their development and to deploy ICTs and digital technologies for the structural transformation of their economies in a manner consistent with green growth. During his stay at ECA, Kasirim wore many hats and carried out a wide array of responsibilities. In 2005, he was seconded by the United Nations to serve as Advisor to the Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He supported countries to prepare their national ICT policies and strategies, design national science, technology and innovation strategies and explore how best to harness emerging and frontier technologies to support their development. He supported the African Union Commission in the implementation of the AU’s continental STI strategy, Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) within the overall framework of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. He served as a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kasirim has a significant portfolio of academic and policy publications and articles on contemporaneous social and economic issues. His 1997 paper, “Transactions Cost and Savings Mobilization: Evidence from six Sub-Saharan African Countries” is said to be one of the “antecedents” of financial inclusion. His current research is focused on the economics of science, technology and innovation; digital economy and transformation, including Fintechs and financial inclusion; and frontier technologies, and financial sector development. At ECA, he led a number of transformative projects including the Biomedical Engineering innovation and Entrepreneurship project for which he won the ECA@60 Innovation Prize for the path-breaking work on Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship which was adjudged to be the best in terms of both innovativeness and development impact in member States. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. His general interest writings have appeared The Africa Report, Nairobi Law Monthly Journal among others.