Prof. Herbert Robinson, Director of the Knowledge and Learning Department has over twenty-five years experience in capacity development focusing on building human capital and strengthening institutions. In his current role, Prof. Robinson is responsible for organising and supporting knowledge sharing ACBF’s events and that of its major partners (AUC, AfDB, Afreximbank, BADEA etc.) and the production and dissemination of evidence-based publications to inform the development of capacity building interventions in response to priority needs of the African Member States to implement AU Agenda 2063 and UN SDGs 2030. He is supported by knowledge management experts and a knowledge network and communities of practice co-ordinated by ACBF which includes the Strategic Studies Group, External Reference Group, African Think Tank Network, Policy Institute Committee and Africa Communities of Practice on Managing for Development Results. These knowledge networks provide intellectual guidance and critical insights in the production of ACBF publications such as the flagship Africa Capacity Report, Research Papers, Reports of Africa Think Tank Summit and Policy Briefs.
Prior to joining ACBF, Herbert Robinson held various positions in academia, the United Nations and in international consulting. Most recently from 2016-2019, he held the position of Professor of Project Management and Sustainability Strategy and Director of the Research Centre for Construction Management, Economics and Integrated Delivery at London South Bank University. From 2012-2015, he served as Regional Advisor, Head of Capacity Development and Training Division and Acting Director at the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UN-IDEP)/ Economic Commission for Africa based in Dakar, Senegal. At UN-IDEP, he provided intellectual leadership on flagship capacity development programmes including Development Planning, Macroeconomic Modelling, Industrial Policy, Gender in Economic Policy, Infrastructure, Trade and Regional Integration, Migration and Development, Social Policy in partnership with UN agencies, African Union, BADEA, ACBF, OSIWA, African Development Bank, Africa Diaspora Policy Centre, and other partners to support structural transformation in Africa. He moderated policy dialogues led by eminent speakers for senior policy makers, public and private sectors, research institutes, civil society, international agencies and diplomats to facilitate knowledge exchange for the development of Africa.
Between 2004-2012, Prof Robinson worked at the London South Bank University as a Senior Lecturer in Construction Economics and Financial Management rising to the position of Full Professor of Construction Economics in 2012 He was a Senior Research Associate (2000-2004) at Loughborough University (UK) working on major knowledge management research projects funded by UK Research Council/Innovative Construction and Manufacturing Research Centre and Industry. He was also a United Nations National Expert as part of UNDP Institutional Strengthening Component to support the World Bank Second Highway Maintenance Project in The Gambia, a Quantity Surveyor at Arup – an international consulting firm in London, and a Research Assistant at the Medical Research Council (The Gambia). Outputs from cutting edge research projects with estimated value of over US$ 1 million include over 80 publications such as books, articles in leading international journals and conferences. As a member of an Editorial Board and Scientific Committees of International Conferences, he is regular reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research work has been presented in international conferences in Europe, USA, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
He graduated from the University of Reading (UK) in 1989 with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics). He has a Masters in Infrastructure Planning in 1995 (University of Stuttgart) and a PhD in Infrastructure and Construction Economics in 2000 (London South Bank University).