Willard works as a policy analyst and researcher at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) in Lusaka, Zambia. Before joining ZIPAR, he worked as a research assistant to Prof. Carlos Lopes, the 8th executive secretary (2012-2016) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), a current professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town (UCT) and High Representative of the Commission of the African Union. His main research interest is in regional economics, trade, political economy, climate change, and sustainable development. Willard is a Master of Development Economics and International Development graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT) as a Mandela Rhodes scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Development Studies from the University of Zambia. Willard is a former president of the University of Zambia Business and Economics Association (UNZABECA).