Economist, Ph.D. Specialized in economics of African countries. Taught at the University of Liberia in the 1970s. Lived in West Africa for over 16 years. Previously employed by the Government of Liberia, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank. He worked in 15 African countries. His website Liberia Past and Present has > 200,000 visitors a year. His blog Liberian Perspectives attracts 150,000 visitors a year. Twitters as @liberiapp and @FredVDKraaij.