Led by Center Director and Duke Professor of Sociology Gary Gereffi, the 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.

Graduate Students, 2013-2014

Todd Royal is a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) student at Pepperdine University, focusing on International Relations. At CGGC, he is part of the research teams investigating agricultural development for smallholders in Africa and the global value chain of the furniture industry. Todd is active in Los Angeles-area politics and has held a variety of positions on the Studio City Neighborhood Council. Todd lives in La Canada Flintridge (greater Los Angeles-area) with his wife, Joy, and his two children, Grey and Cole.
Smriti Sharma is a Masters student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and has an overall interest in the issues of governance and economic development. She served as Research Assistant at CGGC during the spring semester of 2013 where she was part of an Oxfam America project team that helped identify and evaluate agricultural value chains across Africa. Smriti is a former television journalist in India and worked with the Indian affiliate channel of CNBC for 9 years before coming to Duke in 2012.

Undergraduate Students, 2012-2013

Yanyun is a senior at Duke University double majoring in Economics and Public Policy with concentrations in Finance and International Policy. Her work at CGGC focuses on projects within the Global Value Chains & Development initiative and is an extension of her interest in the implications of economic globalization for international development and opportunities available for global economic actors. On campus, Yanyun is a member of Duke Venture Forward, Duke Investment Club, Duke’s Association for Business Oriented Women, TEDxDuke committee, and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Yanyun also has a passion for start-ups and has worked on a number of non-profit and for-profit ventures.

Jackie is a junior double majoring in economics and public policy at Duke University.  At the CGGC, she is part of the team researching Nova Scotia’s ocean technologies. Outside of her work with the CGGC, she is involved with the Business Oriented Women (BOW) organization and a student ambassador for the Duke Career Center. Interestingly enough, she found out about the CGGC after meeting Professor Gereffi at the Duke basketball game in Shanghai last summer- Go Duke!

Graduate Students, 2011-2012

Kirsten is a dual degree MEM/MBA with The Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating on Energy and the Environment. Kirsten has a strong interest in sustainability and economic development in emerging markets in terms of electricity generation and distribution. A Minnesota native, Whitman College graduate, avid skier and vegan, Kirsten mixes simplicity with active engagement in whatever community she finds herself in. Kirsten is working with CGGC to capture the impacts of coal along its value chain, using her experience from spending a summer in Boston interning with a coal-fired generation technology company.

Undergraduate Students, 2011-2012

Jessie is a Duke University junior studying public policy and markets & management.  Her research at CGGC ties together her interests in globalization and development and analyzes the impact of global value chains on production worldwide. On campus, Jessie is the VP External of Duke Consulting Club, Director of Communications for Duke Business Network, a member of Duke’s Association for Business Oriented Women, and a devoted Cameron Crazy.  In her free time, Jessie enjoys traveling to new places, hiking in the North Carolina mountains and working on puzzles of any sort.
Charlie studies Mechanical Engineering and Markets & Management as a junior at Duke University. In Spring 2012, he is working as part of the CGGC team researching the American bus-rapid-transit industry.  Apart from his work at CGGC, Charlie is working with Bull City Forward and the Durham city government on a best-practice analysis of homelessness policy in Durham.  He also is involved with Engineering Student Government, Project WILD, and Mirecourt on campus.
Helen Ho is a public policy major and political science minor at Duke University. Her primary interests are in human capital, urban planning, and equity. She is also interested in graphic design, mapping, and the visual presentation of research findings. Her current research with the CGGC focused on capturing the economic value of bus rapid transit lines.

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