Dr. Elias Takor Ayuk is Director of the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). From 2004-2010, Dr. Ayuk was Senior Programme Specialist with the globalisation, Growth and Poverty programme at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa, in Dakar, Senegal. He had joined IDRC in 2002 as Senior Programme Specialist with the Secretariat for Institutional Support for economic research in Africa (SISERA), and served as Acting Executive Director of SISERA from 2002 to 2006.
His previous positions included Regional Senior Policy Economist and Project Leader with the Southern African Development community/World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Agroforestry Research Project (1998-2002, Zimbabwe); Regional Policy Economist (1994-1998, Mali) and Regional Economist and country Representative (1992-1994, Burkina Faso) with the ICRAF Semi-Arid Lowlands of West Africa Regional Programme; and Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Scientist at the International Fertilizer Development Centre – Africa Office (1990-1991, Togo). He has also undertaken consultancies for the World Bank’s Soil Fertility Initiative and for UNESCO’s World Wide Fund for Nature.