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Dr Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management
Charles Leyeka Lufumpa is the Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management of the African Development Bank Group. He is also the Director of Statistics Department with overall responsibility for all statistical functions of the Bank. This includes overseeing the Bank’s statistical capacity-building activities that span across all African countries, sub-regional organizations and statistical training centers in Africa. He has over 30 years of professional work experience in statistics, poverty measurement, infrastructure, agriculture, and environmental issues in Africa. A total of 27 years of his professional work experience has been with the Bank, 22 of which have been at managerial and executive levels. Under his leadership, the Bank has emerged as one of the leading international institutions for promoting statistical development across Africa.
Before joining the Bank, Dr. Lufumpa worked as a policy and planning economist with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development in Lusaka, Zambia. He also served as a visiting researcher from May 1984 to January 1985 in the department of economics of Iowa State University, USA, on staff exchange program with the Zambian Government.
His key research interests are in the areas of statistics, poverty, infrastructure, agriculture and environmental economic issues in Africa. His most recent books are: The Emerging Middle Class in Africa, published by Routledge in 2014 and Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development (with Professor Mthuli Ncube) published by Policy Press, University of Bristol, UK in 2017.
He obtained his BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of Zambia (1983), his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (1989), and PhD in Forest Resource Economics and Statistics (1991) from Iowa State University, USA.