Léonce Ndikumana

Léonce Ndikumana, PhD

Director, African Development Policy Program and Distinguished Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Léonce Ndikumana has served as director of operational policies and director of research at the African Development Bank, chief of macroeconomic analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and visiting professor at the University of Cape Town. He is also an honorary professor of economics at 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, financial markets and growth, 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.