Director of the DRIC, Samuel Kobina Annim, is an Associate Professor of applied microeconometerics at the Department of Economics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He earned BA, MPhil and PhD degrees in Economics at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), University of Ghana (Ghana) and University of Manchester (UK), respectively. Samuel joined the DRIC as Deputy Director in August 2013 when the Directorate was established. From August 2015 to July 2016, he served as the Head of the Department of Economics in the University. Prior to that, he contributed to/initiated the establishment of the Microfinance Unit, Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy and Economic Policy Modeling Unit all in the Department of Economics. At DRIC, in his capacity as Deputy Director responsible for grant sourcing he contributed to increasing funds inflow to the Directorate from an annual average of about USD125,000.00 (GHC500,000.00) to USD500,000.00 (GHC2,000,000.00). Samuel’s areas of research are microfinance/access to finance, poverty and inequality and health outcomes. He has over 30 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports to his credit. Some of his publications are available in academic journals such as World Development, Journal of Development Studies and Journal of International Development. In addition, he consults for development partners and governments both in Africa and South East Asia.