David Cowan

Managing Director and Africa Economist

Citibank

Biography

David has been the Africa Economist at Citi since July 2007.

Prior to this he worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit for a total of eight years as Senior Economist for Africa and the Director of the Middle East and North Africa team. Before joining the Economist Intelligence Unit, he worked for six years as the Principal Research Officer at the Bank of Botswana, the country’s central bank. He also worked for three years for the Economic Research Unit of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has a first degree in economics from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of London that examined the impact of Tanzania’s structural adjustment programmes from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s

During his working career, David has built up has a wide-ranging knowledge of financial and foreign exchange markets in Africa and the problems of maximising the benefits of natural resources in African countries.

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