Dr Donald Sparks is Professor of International Economics and Director of the Office of Fellowships at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where he has been named outstanding MBA professor of the year three times. From 2000-2010 he was a Visiting Professor at Stetson University's Summer Business Program in Innsbruck, Austria. Since 2011 he has been a university lecturer at the University of Innsbruck's Management Center Innsbruck. Before coming to the Citadel, Dr Sparks served as a Staff Assistant to Senator Ernest F Hollings in Washington, DC and as Regional Economist for Africa with the US Department of State.
In 2005 he was Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Maribor (Slovenia), in 2003 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Swaziland, in 2000-2001 he was Visiting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and in 1996-97 he was Fulbright Professor of Economics at the University of Swaziland. Dr Sparks served as a member of the review committee for the Fulbright Specialists Program from 2009-2012 and is president of the SC Chapter of the Fulbright Association. He also directs the Charleston International Visitors Program.
Dr Sparks serves as a consultant to the Office of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State. He has also served as a consultant for a variety of other organizations, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (in Vienna), the United Nations Council for Namibia (in New York), and the Economist Intelligence Unit (in London).
Dr Sparks received his BA from the George Washington University and his MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has co-authored two economic textbooks and numerous journal articles. He has authored the Economic Trends chapter in Africa South of the Sahara every year since 1988. Dr Sparks has lectured widely in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. His research interests are on monetary integration in Southern Africa, public-private partnerships and economic development.
He and his wife, Katherine Saenger, live in Charleston, South Carolina and Seefeld in Tirol, Austria, and have two children.