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Mrs. Florette Nakusera

Mrs. Florette Nakusera is the Director of the Research and Financial Stability Department, and Chief Economist of the Bank of Namibia. She has over 20 years of experience in macroeconomic policy research and statistics, central banking, finance and investments, strategic management, leadership and corporate governance, as well as, environmental economics and policy. Mrs. Nakusera joined the Bank as an Economist, before rising through the ranks as Senior Economist and Deputy Director. She holds a Master’s and an Honours degree in Commerce (Economics) from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce from the University of Namibia. She also completed the International Executive Development (IEDP) Certificate from the Wits Business School/London Business School and an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Mrs. Nakusera has written and co-authored numerous articles and papers in the field of macroeconomics. She also served as a Chairperson and Director on various Boards and Committees.

Mr. Mathew Verghis

Mr. Verghis is Practice Manager, Macroeconomics Trade and Investment for Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan for the World Bank. His previous assignment was as Practice Manager in East Asia covering the China, Vietnam and Southeast Asia country units. Earlier he had served as Lead Economist for Southeast Asia, Senior Economist for Turkey and Serbia, and Country Economist for Ethiopia and Eritrea. He has written widely on growth, poverty, fiscal policy and labor markets. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, in the United States.

Dr. Jesus Felipe

Dr. Jesus Felipe is the Advisor to the Chief Economist, in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines, where he has worked since 1996. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and participated in many policy discussions with Governments and provided advice on the design of development plans. He undertook his undergraduate studies in Spain at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He holds M.A. degrees from the International University of Japan and from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Felipe has contributed to the Asian Development Outlook on the Central Asian economies, growth diagnostics exercises, impact evaluation analyses, and Country Partnership Strategies, through his positions as Economist, Senior Economist and Principal economist in the Economics and Research Department. He also led the design of long-term development plans for energy, transport, and urban services for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan; and industrialisation and structural change programs in Pakistan and Central Asia.

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