Professor Mark Ellyne (Convenor)
Professor Mark Ellyne has been Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town since 2010. Previously he worked as a senior economist in the African Department of the International Monetary Fund for 20 years. During that time, he had extensive experience with IMF lending and adjustment programs in many African countries and served as the IMF Resident Representative in Uganda (1992-95) and Zambia (2001-03). More recently, he has served as a consultant to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the issue of liberalising exchange controls in the region and done consultancy work on external debt for the South African Treasury. Professor Ellyne’s research interests include macroeconomic policy, monetary policy, and regional integration.
Professor Anthony Black
Anthony Black is Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is a former director of the School and currently directs the research unit, Policy Research in International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM). His main research areas include international trade, foreign investment, industrial development and the automotive industry. Black played a key role in the establishment and implementation of the South Africa’s Motor Industry Development Programme and subsequent policy aimed at developing the automotive industry. He has acted as a consultant to a number of African governments as well as international organisations such as UNCTAD and UNIDO. His latest book is an edited volume entitled ‘Towards Employment Intensive Growth in South Africa’. Black holds degrees from the universities of Sussex, Natal and Cape Town.
Professor Leonce Ndikumana
Léonce Ndikumana is Chair and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, and Honorary Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He has an exemplary record of accomplishments in research and in using scholarship and leadership to bring life improvements to some of the most impoverished people on the planet. In addition, Ndikumana has an extraordinary life story; from confronting political persecution as a prisoner of conscience in his native Burundi, he has achieved exceptional success as a scholar, teacher, leader, and mentor. In 2006, he took a leave and embarked on a journey in the world of development policy, starting at the United Nations Economic Commission as Chief Macroeconomist (2006-2008) and moved on to the African Development Bank as Director of Research and Director of Operations Policy (2008-2011). He returned to UMass as the inaugural Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics (2011-2014), a joint position between the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and the Economics Department. He is Full Professor in the Economics Department since 2011 as well as Director of the African Development Policy Program at PERI. Léonce Ndikumana’s research is informed and guided by this dual interest in academic research and development policy.