Dr. Bruce Byiers is a development economist with a DPhil from the University of Sussex. Originally from Scotland, he heads the Regional Integration team of the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme at ECDPM, where he has been working since May 2011. While past work has focused a lot on strategies and policies for private sector development and engagement, his interests and responsibilities increasingly revolve around regional integration processes in Africa, particularly from a political economy perspective. This includes looking at regional organisations, but also at regional economic integration dynamics. Bruce has carried out policy research for ECDPM in many countries in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.