Obafemi Elegbede PhD
Academic Focus Area: International Development and Natural Resources
Hometown: Maryland, United States
Advisor: Laura Schmitt Olabisi
I was born in Nigeria but lived in Maryland for most of my life. I attended University of Maryland, College Park where I attained a bachelor's degree in economics after graduation I worked as credit specialist with Micros systems. Following my experience at Micros systems, I attained a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University where I specialized in Quantitative methods in advanced econometrics and empirical methods. After completion of the Masters program, I worked at the White House Executive Office of the President Council of Economic Advisers. I worked on several issues like Energy, Health Care, Unemployment, Innovation, Job growth and Labor. Afterwards I was a consultant for department of defense office of the secretary of defense facilities energy and privatization utilities privatization working group with responsibilities related to research and analytical support. I also provided services to the office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management and the headquarters of the commander naval installations command.
I have also worked as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic research service in the resources and rural economics division. During my time at the USDA, I developed interests in food security, poverty alleviation, natural resources, community development and agriculture food systems. I am excited to be with the Department of Community Sustainability working on an interdisciplinary PhD. I plan to integrate international development, rural economics and natural resources into the program of study and dissertation. In addition, I am working on a case study that links smallholder farmers to poultry producers in Nigeria with the Sygenta foundation and Agriculture food and resource economics department (AFRE) at MSU.