Led by Center Director and Duke Professor of Sociology Gary Gereffi, CGGC has brought together a team of full-time professional researchers, adjunct faculty, outside consultants and a group of enormously talented graduate and undergraduate students to engage in its research projects."Everything we do," says Gereffi, "is a product of the team approach." We invite you to meet our growing team.

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Gary Gereffi is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness at Duke University, where he teaches courses in economic sociology, globalization and comparative development, and international competitiveness. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Gereffi has published numerous books and articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development in various parts of the world. His books include: Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (Princeton University Press, 1990); Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (Praeger Publishers, 1994); Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA (Temple University Press, 2002); The New Offshoring of Jobs and Global Development (International Institute of Labor Studies, 2006); Manufacturing Climate Solutions: Carbon-Reducing Technologies and U.S. Jobs (Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University, 2008); and Global Value Chains in a Postcrisis World: A Development Perspective (The World Bank, 2010). Gereffi's research interests deal with the competitive strategies of global firms, the governance of global value chains, economic and social upgrading, and the emerging global knowledge economy.
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Assistant Director
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Mike manages the daily operations of CGGC, serves as the principal liaison with other Duke offices and departments and is a lead point of contact for foundations, government agencies, international organizations, industry groups or other potential sponsors of CGGC research, as well as for students or international scholars interested in working at the Center.

Mike is a native of Burlington, Wisconsin and spent his early years after completing his undergraduate degree in Spanish as a high school teacher and then as Resource Developer in the Hispanic migrant services sector working primarily on workforce training and community advocacy. He subsequently completed graduate work in Spanish and Latin American Studies at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and during this same period worked as Outreach Coordinator for The Center for Latin American Studies and Assistant Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs at UWM. Mike worked subsequently for over 20 years in the world of international business, first as Regional Manager for Latin America and Africa for Jacobsen Division of Textron, and then as the founding Vice President and General Manager of KISCO, the international distribution arm of The Kilpatrick Company based in Boynton Beach, Florida which distributed turf maintenance machinery and irrigation products throughout south Florida, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Mike and his wife, Pauli, moved to Durham in late 2006 and he has been with CGGC since January 2007.

Ghada Ahmed photo GHADA AHMED
Senior Research Analyst
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Ghada is a 2010 graduate of the Master in International Development Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Ms. Ahmed has over 18 years' experience working in the Middle East and the United States. Her experience includes international project management, human resources talent management and international development. Her research interests have been in green technologies, job creation, and development strategies. Ms. Ahmed is fluent in spoken and written Arabic. Her country experience includes the U.S.A., Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Ethiopia. She provided home office support for proposals and programs in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Sudan, Uganda, D.R.C., and Bosnia for RTI International from 2005-2009.
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Gloria Ayee LUKAS BRUN
Senior Research Analyst
Lukas Brun’s research at CGGC uses global value chain analysis to understand corporate and regional competitiveness. Recent projects led by Lukas analyzed the global value chains of shipbuilding, underwater marine vehicles (ROV/AUV), and underwater sensors. He has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and industry trade journals. Articles by Lukas appear in the Economic Development Quarterly, the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, and the Marine Technology Reporter, among others. Prior to joining CGGC, he was a senior research associate at the UNC Center for Competitive Economies working on state and local area economic development projects, and as an economist for a Los Angeles-based economic consulting firm. Lukas holds master’s degrees with concentrations in economic development and international political economy from UNC-Chapel Hill, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Texas Christian University. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Audrey.
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Senior Research Analyst
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Karina Fernandez-Stark is a Senior Research Analyst at the Duke University CGGC. At CGGC she has led several research projects related to economic development and competitiveness in Latin America and other regions of the world. She has consulted for the African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNCTAD and the World Bank, amongst others. She has published several research reports and articles on industrial upgrading and social and economic development. Publications include "The Offshore Services Value Chain: Developing Countries and the Crisis," in Global Value Chains in a Post-crisis World: A Development Perspective (The World Bank, 2010), The Offshore Services Value Chain: Upgrading Trajectories in Developing Countries (International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2011), Inclusion of Small and Medium Producers in High Value Agro Chains (Inter-American Development Bank, 2013), and Connecting Local Producers to Regional and Global Value Chains (OECD, 2013). In addition, Karina designed and developed a Global Value Chains manual in Spanish for economic development researchers in Latin America and has co-facilitated Global Value Chains workshops in Latin America and Africa.
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Research Scientist
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Stacey received both her B.S. in Textile Management and her Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. Stacey started at CGGC in 2006 as a student intern working on the NC in the Global Economy and Nanotechnology projects. Stacey’s research includes applied value chain analysis and developing new ways to conduct value chain studies and visual results. Her main subject areas include economic development, the textile and apparel industry, and nanotechnology.
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Ajmal Abdulsamad Ajmal Abdulsamad
Research Analyst
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Ajmal received his M.A. in International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. He has over nine years of international development experience working for various International Development Organizations and the United Nations. His experience includes extensive work in program management and research in international development. Ajmal’s research interest is the interface of institutions, industry competitiveness, and economic development strategies. His current research at the CGGC focuses on the value chains of energy in the U.S. and food security in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Penny Bamber Penny Bamber
Senior Research Associate
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Penny Bamber is a Senior Research Associate at the Duke University CGGC. Penny’s research and consulting focus is on economic development and competitiveness in Latin America and Africa, with a particular interest in the role of workforce development and gender in supporting industry upgrading. Key industry foci include the agricultural sector, the medical devices industry, and the offshore services industry. She has led several projects related to improving national competitiveness in both high tech and low tech sectors for developing countries. Recent publications include The Offshore Services Value Chain: Upgrading Trajectories in Developing Countries (International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2011), Connecting Local Producers to Regional and Global Value Chains (OECD, 2013), Global Value Chains, Economic Upgrading and Gender: The Horticulture Industry (World Bank, 2013), Costa Rica in the Medical Devices Global Value Chain: Opportunities for Upgrading (COMEX, 2013), and the Inclusion of Small and Medium Producers in High Value Agro Chains (Inter-American Development Bank, 2013). In addition, Penny has led trainings in the use and application of the GVC framework for industry representatives and policy makers in developing countries in both the Caribbean and Africa. Prior to joining CGGC, Penny worked in the leadership development-training field, facilitating programs for business students and executives at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
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Jack Daly Jack Daly
Research Associate
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Jack is a 2012 graduate of N.C. State's Masters of International Studies program. Prior to joining CGGC, his research focused on government responses to recent crises within automotive value chains in Sweden, Germany and the United States. He has also been an analyst for firms specializing in political risk, analyzing regime stability, policy initiatives, societal tensions and business environments in more than 30 countries. Finally, he worked in newspapers for nine years, writing for the Raleigh News & Observer, Charlotte Observer and Durham Herald-Sun. While he was born in Toronto, Jack has lived in Durham since 2005. He has a wife and two sons.
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Danny Hamrick Danny Hamrick
Research Associate
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Danny Hamrick is a doctoral student in sociology at North Carolina State University researching innovation in agricultural commodities, especially heritage products. Danny also holds a Master in International Studies from North Carolina State University and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with a double minor in Global Trade and Commerce and Latin American Studies from Wake Forest University. His prior research examined shifts in the organization of the oil industry in post-communist Russia. Danny joined the CGGC team in 2012 as a student researcher and currently investigates issues of food security in the Middle East and North Africa and the dynamic nature of agricultural value chains.
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