Leonce Mdikumana

Distinguished Faculty Award

Léonce Ndikumana
is a professor of economics and the founding director of the African Development Policy Program at the UMass Amherst Political Economy Research Institute. Endowed with a unique combination of academic expertise and practical policy experience, he is one of the most prolific and influential researchers in his areas of expertise worldwide.

Ndikumana’s research investigates critical development issues, notably the problem of capital flight, globalization, and the effectiveness of aid in African development. His work on capital flight played a key role in inspiring the creation of major continental and global frameworks to combat the issue including the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows created by the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in 2012.

Since 2013, Ndikumana has led training workshops for senior African policymakers on emerging issues such as capital flight, macroeconomic policies for poverty reduction and employment creation, policy reforms in fragile states, and financial inclusion for sustainable development.

Prior to teaching at UMass, Ndikumana served five and a half years in leadership positions at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and at the African Development Bank. His leadership in research and policy has earned him a place in influential global bodies, notably the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and the Independent Commission on the Reform of International Corporate Taxation.

Ndikumana is often called upon to contribute his teaching expertise in African institutions. He currently holds the position of honorary professor of economics at the University of Stellenbosch and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

As a result of his research and teaching, Ndikumana has been recognized with many prestigious awards. In 2013, he was named a UMass Spotlight Scholar and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.