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Doctor of Economic Development: Students


Jason Banegas

Entered the DED program: Fall 2019
Anticipated graduation date: Fall 2021

Jason is a native Las Cruces who spends much of his extracurricular time outdoors exploring caves, camping, hiking, and biking. He also enjoys practicing yoga, playing guitar, and listening to live music. Jason served 9 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and several years as an entrepreneur before returning home and beginning his doctorate at NMSU. His current research focuses on water
economics and policy.

Degrees: Cert. Infrastructure Disaster Management, Texas A&M Engineering,
B.A. Classics, University of New Mexico,
M.A. Economics, University of Oklahoma

Research interests – Environmental, Resource, and Energy Economics, Disaster Mitigation, Preparation, and Recovery


Ejiro Osiobe

Entered the DED program: Fall
Anticipated graduation date: Spring 2020


Ejiro (Jiji) U. Osiobe () is currently pursuing his Doctor of Economic Development with a concentration in Regional Development. His current research is on Human and Physical capital in Latin Americans. When Jiji isn’t working on his research or teaching, he cycles and plays tennis or soccer.

B Sc; General Economics Madonna University
M.A. Financial and International Economics Wichita State University

Research Interests – Human and Physical Capital, NGO Theories, Gift Economy, Regional Development, and Economic Analysis 


Md Ziaur Rahman Khan

Entered the DED program: Fall 2018
Anticipated graduation date: Spring 2021


Zia Khan is a doctoral student in the DED program, currently working on Trade-Based Money Laundering from Developing Countries. His academic interest is in international trade and trade facilitation. He is also working as an instructor of Principles of Macroeconomics and Introduction to Economics courses.

Degrees: M.A. in Economics (Specialization: Econometrics), New Mexico State University

Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Interests: Trade-Based Money Laundering, International trade, and trade facilitation.


Alisha Murphy

Entered the DED program: Summer 2018
Anticipated graduation date: Fall 2021


Alisha is Dine (Navajo) from Crownpoint, New Mexico. She is a second-year doctoral student in the Doctorate of Economic Development program with a concentration in regional economic development. Her research focus is on examining the economic environment of the Navajo Nation and building on strategies that encourage and empower Navajo entrepreneurship. While she aspires to work directly with Navajo economic development, her training and work within the DED program has broadened her interest into renewable energy economics, international trade, and public utility economics

Degrees: Master of Arts in Economics - Public Utility regulation - New Mexico State University
Master of Social Work - Social Economic Development - Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Social Work - New Mexico State University
Research interests: Tribal entrepreneurship and economic development, regional/rural entrepreneurship and economic development, Indigenomics, and social community economic development.


Kwaku Boakye

Entered the DED program: Fall 2020
Anticipated graduation date: Spring 2024

Kwaku Boakye is a first-year student in the DED program, his academic interest is in statistics, econometrics, and economic research. He is also working as a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business, NMSU.

Degrees: B.A. (Economics) - University of Cape Coast, Ghana
MPhil (Agricultural Economics) - University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Research Interest - Environmental and production economics, agricultural development and sustainability.


Percy Vielong Taabazuing

Entered the DED program: 2020
Anticipated graduation date:2024

Degrees: University of Ghana - Bachelors in Business Administration
John Hopkins University - Masters in Financial Economics

Research Interest: Economic policy, International trade, and growth theory models


Komla (Basile) Koumi

Entered the DED program: Fall 2020
Anticipated graduation date:

Prior to joining the NMSU Mr. Koumi served at the American Diplomatic Mission in Togo as Financial Assistant at Peace Corps, and at the Embassy of the United States of America as Educational Advisor. He is the former Pre-Service Training (PST) Technical Coordinator for the Small Enterprise Development Program for the Peace Corps. Besides, Basile taught Financial Mathematics and championed the establishment of Junior Achievement Worldwide in Togo where he served as Executive Director.

As a member of the Youth Consultative Group (YCG ,2004-2007 ) for the UN Youth Employment Network (YEN), Basile contributed to develop strategies to help the government of Togo become an active member of YEN which spurred the youth employment program in the Country.

In 2014, he co-founded a consulting firm, "KMK Consulting Group", where he has served as a senior consultant. On this account, he has since led teams to conduct more than 300 feasibility studies and business plan with Track records in training, coaching, and developing business/project’s financial modeling for start-ups in collaboration with programs financed by the government, such as National Youth Economic Initiative Fund, and by multilateral and bilateral development partners. Recently, he has worked as the lead consultant with the German Cooperation (GIZ) in Togo on a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to support agricultural enterprise development, self-employment and professional insertion of graduates from Rural Agricultural Training Centers in Africa.

In the U.S., he taught the Entrepreneurial Finance Course at Salem State University (Fall 2011) and did consulting in business, finance, and with Youth Entrepreneurship Project management in Boston, focusing on African countries. In 2012, Basile facilitated the launch the Youth Enterprise Generator program in Mali that has been replicated in other West African countries.

Mr. Koumi is a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of the Brandeis University Global Leadership Award. He earned his master’s degree in 2011, in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University International Business School in Boston after completing an Economics and Management Degree from University of Lomé in Togo (1999). He is from Togo (West Africa), and he speaks Fluent French and English.

Degrees: Masters of International Economics and Finance: Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts 
Economics and Management Degree: University of Lome, Togo, West Africa

Research interests - Impact assessment & Economic Analysis of development interventions programs with specific focus on youth economic initiatives, entrepreneurial development and finance, innovation, skills development, youth employment for economic growth.


Luyen Nguyen

Entered the DED program: 2015
Anticipated graduation date: Fall 2020


Luyen Nguyen earned a BA in Accounting at Hanoi Finance and Accounting University (1995), worked in Finance and Accounting field before becoming a lecturer at the Banking Academy of Vietnam in 2000.  She has given lectures
in Financial Market, Stock Market, Portfolio Management and conducted research independently and joined research projects with the State Bank of Vietnam. In 2011, she earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Troy University, AL. Since 2015 she has been pursuing the Doctor of Economic Development program at New Mexico State University, during the time she got a Master’s in Economics in 2018. She has been working as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and instructor in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Her research has been accepted and presented at The Western Social Science Association, The Southern Economic Association, and The Western Economic Association International conferences.

Ma Economics

Research interests – Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth, and Income Inequality; Banking Finance and Economic Stability, Economic Development, Investment


Sajid Noor

Entered the DED Program: August 2016
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020


Sajid Noor is a doctoral candidate in the DED program, currently working on his dissertation “Effects of Industrial Diversity on Economic Stability. A Dynamic and Spatial Analysis”. He has published five journal articles and a technical report in the field of economics and right now working on two papers which is about to submit in reputable peer reviews journals. He is also working as an instructor of Principles of Microeconomics and Introduction
to Economics courses. Beside academic background he loves to play badminton and soccer.

Degrees: M.A. in Economics (Specialization: Econometrics),New Mexico State University

BBA in Finance & Accounting, New Mexico State University

Research Interests: Regional Economics, Economic Development, Industry Analysis, Industrial diversity and Economic Stability, Spatial Econometrics, and Social media and its effects.



Erin Summer

Entered the DED program: 
Anticipated graduation date: 

Erin Sumner is a second-year doctoral student in the Doctor of Economic Development Program and a first-year doctoral student in the Water Science Ph.D program at New Mexico State University. Her current research includes a focus on educational policies and institutions that foster economic development. Additional interests include water supply and management practices that provide access to water for developing communities.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on economics
Master of Arts in Policy Economics

Research Interests – Economic development. Water Science. Educational policies in economic development.


Leila Shadabi

Entered the DED program: August 2016
Anticipated graduation date: July 2019


Leila is a recent Doctor of Economic Development (DED). She has worked as a lecturer and researcher in different universities since 2010. She likes to work on economic development topics in regional and national level. Her dissertation was about the effect of natural resources on financial corruption. Also, she research about economic freedom in developing countries. Her region specialist is United Stated and MENA region. She currently works on a project granted by state government about the effect of drought on regional economic development.


Degrees: Doctorate of Economic Development: New Mexico State University, USA

Masters of Economic Development and Planning: Azad University, Iran

Bachelor of Theoretical Economics: Allameh Tabatabaee’ University, Iran

Research interests: Economic Development Regionally and Nationally, Political economics (Corruption), Water Policy and Development, Natural Resources Economics, Economic Freedom.

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Richard Riney Bennett ’19
Starla Elizabeth Bennett ’19
Jazmine Nicole Brantley ‘ 15
Arthur Harry Burgess III ’11
Steven M. Chavez ’13
Leonardo Delgado ’18
Linh Thi Thuy Do ’17
Sergio R. Gonzalez Santana ’15
Boris Dexter Higgins ’16
Saleh Alhussin Ali Idhirij ’19
Christine R. Logan ’17
Emma Loya Apodaca 16
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Hien Thi Thu Nguyen ’12
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Francisco Javier Pallares ’15
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