Professor Patrick Guillaumont, Président of the Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI), is Professeur émérite at the Université d'Auvergne, member of CERDI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International) and director of the Revue d'Economie du Développement. Patrick Guillaumont is a member of the Commmittee of Development Policy at the United Nations (CDP) where he has chaired from 1987 various expert groups on the identification criteria of the LDCs (Least Developed countries). He is also a member of the European Development Network (EUDN) and Fellow of the Center for Studies on African Economies (CSAE, Oxford University). Patrick Guillaumont has been a member of many advisory international committees and has worked for various international institutions and foreign governments. He has been
given in 1992 the “Prix El Fasi de la recherche francophone”. He has published many books and nearly two hundred papers, mainly on development, in a wide set of economic journals. His recent work is mainly about development assistance, economic vulnerability and the Least Developed Countries (with a new book Caught to the Trap, Identifying the least developed countries, 2009).