Qualifications: Dr. Tjirongo read economics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University,
where he wrote a widely-cited thesis on Exchange Rate Policy Options for Namibia. He also holds MS degree in economics
from New Mexico State University, BS degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University, and a diploma in
agricultural sciences from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. He has attended training in financial programming
and policies, macro-econometric modelling and forecasting, negotiation, leadership, managerial and communication skills.
Dr. Tjirongo’s research and writings are in exchange rates, exchange rate pass-through, financial inclusion, monetary and
regional integration, financial sector development, fiscal policy, sources of growth, pricing of petroleum products,
economic adjustment in small open economy, and monetary statistics methodology.
Career and Experience: Dr. M. Tunee Tjirongo has over 25 years experience in research,
teaching and economic policy design and implementation. He has extensive experience implementing monetary and exchange
rate policies, financial sector policies, fiscal policy, tax reforms, revenue administration, debt management,
energy pricing, expenditure policies, public finance management, public-private partnerships, and social protection.
Dr. Tjirongo has served the IMF (1999-2013) as desk officer (Tanzania, The Gambia and Eritrea); senior economist providing
expert advice on monetary and financial statistics (Barbados, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia, The Gambia, Serbia,
and Montenegro) and resident representative for Sierra Leone and The Gambia. He has taught monetary and financial statistics
at the IMF Institute and in the Caribbean and Africa. Previously, he had worked at the Bank of Namibia, as Director of Research
in the 1990s, the Bank of Botswana and the University of Botswana. He is currently lecturing corporate finance, derivatives and
financial markets at the Namibian School of Business.