Lee-Roy Chetty

Contributing Editor (Africa)
Lee-Roy Chetty is an expert on issues relating to economic and social development on the African continent. He works for a multinational advisory firm consulting for a number of globally listed blue-chip companies, and is currently based in the Johannesburg office of the organization. He began his career in advertising at Ogilvy Cape Town, working as a digital strategist on some of South Africa's biggest and most loved brands. He holds a Master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A two-time recipient of the National Research Fund Scholarship, he is currently completing his PhD at UCT. Chetty is the author of a book titled, Imagining Web 3.0, and his new book — Africa's Century — will be released in the fall of 2014.

How Poor is Poor?

Sep 21, 2013

"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor" (James A. Baldwin). Poverty and hunger remain a global challenge. However, fewer people live in extreme poverty in the 21st century compared to previous generations. According to the World Bank, between 1981 and 2008,...

Africa’s 2040 Employment Problem

May 23, 2013

North and sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing a demographic youth bulge. However, there is a severe mismatch between the skills possessed by young workers and those demanded by employers. The education system needs to be restructured to build the skills needed to compete globally.

The Importance of Technology in Economic and Social Development

May 11, 2013

Mobile technology offers extensive help on various forms of social and economic development.  Technological innovation and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) represent a way for developing world nations to foster economic development, improve levels of education and training, as well as address gender issues within society.

The African Continent: Key Drivers of Change

May 07, 2013

After a decade of disappointing progress on development, many people attributed Africa’s poor performance to persistent governance failures. Today, the picture is changing dramatically. Africa is the second most populous continent after Asia. Its current population of nearly 1 billion people is expected to rise to 2.2 billion over the...