Prof Victor Murinde has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the organisation’s Board has announced.

He joins AERC from SOAS University of London, where he was AXA Professor of Global Finance, and is a distinguished financial economist with more than 25 years of post-PhD experience.

Prof Murinde has vast experience in university research and teaching, senior-level stints in practitioner, policy, and consultancy roles for governments and top global organisations.

AERC Board Chairman Prof Ernest Aryeetey said he will steer management strategies to propel AERC as q top economic policy research and capacity building institution in Africa.

“Prof Murinde holds outstanding credentials and has been competitively recruited to advance and provide transformative leadership for AERC while working with a pool of distinguished network members and talented staff at our Nairobi headquarters,” Prof Aryeetey said.

He has previously served on the AERC Programme Committee and across the research, training, and policy outreach components making him conversant with AERC strategies.

Prof Murinde has contributed more than 120 research papers on economics, banking, and finance topics in the course of his scholarly endeavours.

He was also the founding Director of the African Development Institute at the African Development Bank (2011-2014) and executed key consultancy projects for varied global organizations.