Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


Prior joining the United Nations, Dr Hanan Morsy was the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Research at the African Development Bank and the first women ever to hold this senior position.  She has an outstanding track record in leading development work for international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank, and the private sector, where Dr Morsy built, managed and mentored large teams of economists.

Dr Morsy is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Harvard Kennedy School. She sits on several boards and professional associations, including: Member of the Economic Policy Panel for Aberdeen City, which is the first Scottish local authority to issue sub-sovereign bonds to finance infrastructure; Board member, Partnership for Economic Policy, which is an international organization dedicated to supporting economic research and capacity building based in Nairobi; Board of Trustee Member at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS University; Research Fellow, Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey; Resource Person, Africa Economic Research Consortium for sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Morsy has a PhD in economics from George Washington University, master’s degree in economics from University of California at Davis and bachelor’s degree from American University in Cairo.

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