About Us & Contacts

Duke NSoE

Lincoln Pratson  (lincoln.pratson@duke.edu)
Lincoln Praston is the Semans/Brown Professor of Energy & Environment in the Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) at Duke University and Director of the NSOE’s Energy and Environment Program.  Dr. Pratson’s expertise is energy systems, natural resources, and environmental change.  He is the Principal Investigator for the project and will be responsible for its execution.  He will also oversee the GIS component of the project.

Gary Gereffi  (ggere@soc.duke.edu)
Gary Gereffi is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Duke University Global Value Chains Center (GVCC).  Dr. Gereffi’s expertise is economic development, business-government relations, competitive strategies of global firms, and the governance of global value chains.  He is the co-Principal Investigator of the project and will oversee the GVC analysis.

Ghada Ahmed  (ghada.ahmed@duke.edu)
Ghada Ahmed is a researcher in the GVCC with over 18 years of experience working in the Middle East and the United States. Her expertise is in international project management, policy analysis, employment market, value chains and international development. Ms. Ahmed is fluent in spoken and written Arabic. Her country experience includes the U.S.A., Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Ethiopia. Ms. Ahmed will help carry out the GVC analysis and any required field research in the MENA region.

Ajmal Abdulsamad  (ajmal.abdulsamad@duke.edu)
Ajmal Abdulsamad is a researcher in the GVCC with over 8 years of project management and research experience working with international development organizations and the United Nations. His expertise includes project management and research in food security and livelihoods, economic development, governance and stability in fragile states. Ajmal is fluent in spoken and written Persian and has intermediate language skills in Arabic. Mr. Abdulsamad will help carry out the GVC analysis and any required field research in the MENA region.

Drew Haerer  (drew.haerer@duke.edu)
Drew Haerer is a Research Analyst in the NSOE-Earth and Ocean Sciences Division at Duke University working under the supervision of Dr. Pratson.  Mr. Haerer has MS degrees in both Hydrology and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and has worked extensively on water use problems.  He is an expert in GIS, numerical modeling, and database operations.  Mr. Haerer will carry out the GIS database development and analysis.

Danny Hamrick  (danny.hamrick@duke.edu)
Danny Hamrick is a research associate in the GVCC and a doctoral student in sociology at North Carolina State University researching innovation in agricultural commodities, especially heritage products. Danny holds a Master in International Studies from North Carolina State University. Danny’s research experience includes qualitative case studies of Russia, Latin America and North Carolina and  global value chain analysis.

Jack Daly (jack.daly@duke.edu)
Jack Daly is a research associate in the GVCC and a 2012 graduate of N.C. State’s Masters of International Studies program. Prior to joining CGGC, his research focused on government responses to recent crises within automotive value chains in Sweden, Germany and the United States. He has also been an analyst for firms specializing in political risk, analyzing regime stability, policy initiatives, societal tensions and business environments in more than 30 countries. Before pursuing a career in international studies, he worked in newspapers for nine years, writing for the Raleigh News & Observer, Charlotte Observer and Durham Herald-Sun.

Jonathan Morgan (jonathan.h.morgan@duke.edu)
Jonathan  Morgan is a doctoral student in sociology at Duke University. His specialties include network analysis, agent-based modeling, and experimental methods. His primary research area is computational organizational modeling. His publications include A Preliminary Model of Participation for Small Groups (Morgan, Morgan, and Ritter 2010), Process Modeling for the Study of Non-Sate Political Violence (Georgeon, Morgan, Horgan, and Braddock 2010), and Building Social Networks Out of Cognitive Blocks: Factors of Interest in Agent-based Socio-cognitive Simulations (Zhao, Kaulakis, Morgan, Hiam, Ritter, Sanford, and Morgan forthcoming). Since coming to Duke, Morgan has applied social network analysis methods to develop a systems level view of food security issues in MENA, as well as working with USAID to better understand competitiveness in emerging markets (Gereffi, Sturgeon, Ahmed, Daly, and Morgan 2014).