Prof. Léonce Ndikumana

Léonce Ndikumana is a Professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also leads the African Policy Program at Political Economy Research Institute.

He has served as Director of Operational Policies and Director of Research at the African Development Bank and Chief of Macroeconomic Analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

He is also an Honorary Professor of economics at the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

He has contributed to various areas of research and policy analysis on African countries, including the issues of external debt and capital flight, aid and social development, macroeconomic policies for growth and employment, and the economics of conflict and civil wars in Africa.

He is co-editor of Capital Flight from Africa: Causes, Effects and Policy Issues and co-author of Africa’s Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent, published also in French as La Dette Odieuse d’Afrique : Comment l’endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent, in addition to dozens of academic articles and book chapters on African development and Macroeconomics.

He is a graduate of the University of Burundi and received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Today, we are here primarily to discuss Integrate Africa, to bring down the tariff and non-tariff barriers that have marginalized and impoverished so many economies and prevented us from capitalizing on our physical and human capital resource base” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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