Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa


Vera Songwe holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics and a Master of Arts in Law and Economics, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and she's a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes College in Cameroon.  With several articles published on development and economic issues, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota and at the University of Southern California.  

In 2017 she was named Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). During her career, Vera has always been a respected adviser on development issues, bringing to the table her experience in delivering development results for Africa. She was the Regional Director of the International Finance Corporation, covering West and Central Africa. In addition, she continues to serve as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative. She is also a member of the African Union institutional reform team under the direction of the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and a board member of the African Leadership Network and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 

Vera Songwe has a strong and clear strategic vision for the African continent.