Dr. Abdelaziz Lawani
- Visiting Assistant Professor
- Department: Agriculture
- Office: Carter 16
- Mailing Address: Carter
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 622-2232
- Expert Areas: Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance, Agribusiness Management, Agribusiness Records and Analysis
Fulbright Scholar and Norman Borlaug Fellow, Dr. Abdelaziz Lawani is a Faculty member in the Department of Agriculture at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Lawani has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. Previously, he completed a Master's degree in Economics at North Carolina State University and is originally from Benin where he received a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology in 2008 and a Bachelor in Agronomy in 2006.
Dr. Lawani teaches a range of agribusiness classes at EKU. He also has extensive research activities that lie at the interactions of Agribusiness, Development & Environmental Economics, and Machine Learning. His training gives him a strong multidisciplinary background that allows him to work on a variety of topics. He is currently working on using machine learning, remote sensing (drones and satellite data), social networks, and consumer-generated content (reviews, commentaries) to infer economic agents’ behavior from small-scale farmers in developing countries to consumers in Western economies.
Besides his research works, Dr. Lawani is also a serial social entrepreneur. He is always eager to translate his researches into concrete solutions for development. The social impact of his works led him to feature among the 35 under 35 young innovators in francophone countries in 2016 and the Clinton Foundation honor roll in 2017. He is also the founder of Global Partners, a startup that provide drones solutions for agriculture, land use planning, surveillance and conservation of natural resources.
Dr. Lawani was able to accomplish all these while he was still a student. He strongly believes that if the students are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills, they will be able to replicate his accomplishments. In his classroom, he designs his lessons with the end goal of developing the next generation of change makers.