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Lemma Senbet
Mayer Chair Prof. of Finance; Immediate Past-CEO, African Econ Research Consortium at University of Maryland


Lemma W. Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland, and former Founding Director of Center for Financial Policy. While on an extended leave from the University, Professor Senbet served as Executive Director/CEO of African Economic Research Consortium (www.aercafrica.org), 2013-2018, the largest and oldest economic research and training network in Africa.

Prof Senbet has achieved global recognition for his widely cited contributions to corporate and international finance, which have appeared in the Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies. He has received widespread recognition for his impact on the profession.

In 2000, Prof Senbet was inducted into the Financial Economists Roundtable, a distinguished group of world-wide economists who have made significant contributions to finance and apply research to current policy debates. Prof Senbet has also been appointed to over a dozen journal editorial boards, including premier finance journals (e.g., Journal of Finance). 

 Prof Senbet has advised the World Bank, the IMF, the UN, AfDB, and various agencies in the USA, Canada, and Africa on such issues as financial sector reforms. Prof Senbet also served as a board member of African Economic Research Consortium, 2013-2018 and in 2018, was appointed by the Ethiopian Prime Minister to the Advisory Council of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund. He was also appointed to the Distinguished Advisory Board of Brookings Africa Growth Initiative and to the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) Advisory Panel.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: What Makes East Africa such a Fertile Tech and Innovation Ecosystem?