Gillian Marcelle, PhD is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets. She is currently the managing member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC, an advisory firm in the blended finance space. Her finance background includes development finance with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, as well as, equities and capital markets with JP Morgan Chase. She began her work in finance as part of the corporate mergers and acquisitions team of BT plc in London during the height of European telecoms deregulation.
Uniquely, she combines her finance experience with C-suite level experience and responsibilities for setting the strategic direction and maintaining commercial performance of private sector firms and social enterprises. Most recently, as the Executive Director of the UVI RTPark Corporation, a specialist economic development agency in the US Virgin Islands she successfully transformed the organization, doubling the number of technology and knowledge based investors in three years and placing focus on deriving social investment contributions from the inward investors, while they benefitted from generous tax incentives.
Dr Marcelle has led project teams in large development agencies and has also run her own economic development advisory practice with clients including national governments, multilateral bodies, cities, companies and non-governmental organisations e.g. World Bank/IFC, EU/ACP (CDE), UN DESA, UNIFEM, UNU-INTECH, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNCSTD, ITU, UN-Division for the Advancement of Women, IDRC, CARICOM, ABANTU for Development, Department of Trade and Industry (UK), the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, South African Department of Science and Technology, the Innovation Hub, the City of Johannesburg, Digital Links International and MTN.
In South Africa, she was a research active scholar with the rank of Associate Professor and established her reputation as a thought leader and insightful change agent in the areas of innovation management and policy. She served in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as the head of the Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Indicators (CESTII), a specialist research center in the STI domain. She has been a sought after participant in collaborative research and policy advisory projects and an active commentator and public intellectual. From 2008-2014, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Wits Business School, and also served as the Assistant Dean Postgraduate Affairs for the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, Wits University, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In these roles, she provided academic leadership for programmes to develop research, management and policy making capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation and led the design and development of an interdisciplinary Masters of Management in innovation. She has active global academic networks and held an appointment as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Tata Centre for Technology and Design, a project of the MIT Energy Initiative, http://tatacenter.mit.edu/ based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she continues to have a research affiliation.
Prof. Marcelle has considerable experience in global high-level advocacy including serving as a member and on the Board of the UN ICT Task Force, at the invitation of the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. She also served as a member of the International Advisory Panel on ICT4Development, and founded a global advocacy network, the WSIS Gender Caucus, which was active in the World Summit on Information Society.
She trained as an economist at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany, earned an MBA at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA and was awarded her doctorate in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, a preeminent research institute based at Sussex University (UK).
These skills, experience and specialist knowledge will be put at the disposal of Tafari Capital contributing to realising its ambitious agenda and advancing social and economic development in South Africa and the continent of Africa.