Dr Julius Gatune is a Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor with the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET). He researches and advises governments across Africa on issues of economic transformation. His areas of focus include agriculture and extractive resources management and institutional strengthening. He was part of the team wrote the recently launched African Transformation Report II: Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation that was. He also recently led a 20 agricultural value chains study across 5 African countries that aimed to improve understanding how to strengthen the emergence of upgraded agricultural value chains that support the emergence of strong agro-processing sectors that can drive rural transformation. He has been involved in advising on extractive resources management Zambia, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. He also has expertise on Futures Modelling and long Term Planning. He led a 3 year West Africa Trends monitoring exercise that scanned the emerging trends in the region and their implications to the poor and excluded. He has also been part of an effort to map the future of Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining ACET Dr. Gatune worked as a management consultant in McKinsey & Co at Johannesburg South Africa. He also worked at the Frederick S. Pardee Centre for Study Longer Range Futures at Boston University and the Frederick S Pardee Centre for International Futures at the University of Denver working on a number of projects that that looked explored the drivers of futures of Africa. He has a Ph. D in Policy Analysis for the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Masters 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.