Célestin Monga is managing director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. He is an internationally recognised economist and joint editor of the Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics.
Monga began his career as a senior executive at Banque Nationale de Paris, and has held board and senior executive positions in academia, financial services and international development. He has served on the board of directors of the Sloan School of Management, specifically its fellows programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held teaching posts at Boston University and the University of Bordeaux.
An author, scholar and academic, Monga was economics editor of the five-volume New Encyclopedia of Africa, and his published works have been translated into several languages. He has co-authored academic articles and policy reports with leading economists including Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Solow, Justin Yifu Lin, Robert Barro, Olivier Blanchard, and JK Galbraith. Monga is a graduate of MIT, Harvard University, and the universities of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Bordeaux, and Pau.