Researcher and Policy Advisor
Dr. Julius Gatune is an ACET Researcher and Policy Advisor, contributing research and advice to governments across Africa on issues of economic transformation. He has provided advice on institutional set-up for long-term planning, management of extractive resources, and using agro-processing as a lever for economic transformation, among others. He also leads a West Africa Trends monitoring exercise that looks at the significance of emerging trends in the region; the output of which is a monthly West Africa Trends Newsletter.
Prior to joining ACET, Dr. Gatune worked at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant in Johannesburg, where he was involved in developing business strategies for a number of clients in banking, mining, telecoms, and the public sector. He also worked at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver working on a number of projects developing scenarios for the future of Africa.
Julius is a Kenyan national, and is passionate about Africa’s future. He has a multi-disciplinary background covering engineering, computer science, business administration, and policy analysis. He has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.