Randy Spence is the Executive Director of Economic and Social Development Affiliates. His current assignments include ICT policy and regulation, poverty and economic policy, human development and capability initiatives, intellectual property and innovation systems. He worked from 1990-2005 with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada as Senior Program Specialist in economics and as Director of IDRC's Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore. Prior to joining IDRC, he was a senior economist with the Canadian Departments of External Affairs, Finance, and EMR (Energy, Mines and Resources), as well as the Ottawa-based North-South Institute. He has worked on a long-range planning project in Kenya (World Bank), as an economic advisor in the Tanzanian Ministry of Planning (CIDA), and has taught economics at McMaster and Guelph universities, in Canada. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Thematic Group member of the Partnership for Economic Policy, a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association and a member of the International Advisory Board of LIRNEasia.
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