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Jomo Kwame Sundaramhas been Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development(ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations sinceAugust 2012. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from January 2005 until June 2012, and(Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006until September 2012. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.He has authored andedited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media.

Jomo was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until November 2004, Founder Director (1978-2004) of the Institute of Social Analysis (INSAN) and Founder Chair (2001-2004) of IDEAs, International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org); he now serves on its Advisory Panel. He was also on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.

During 2008-2009, Jomo servedas adviser to Father Miguel d’Escoto, the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and as a member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.During 2010-2012, he was G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012.

Born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1952, Jomo studied at the Penang Free School (PFS, 1964-1966), Royal Military College (RMC, 1967-1970), Yale (1970-1973) and Harvard (1973-1977). He has taught at Science University of Malaysia (USM, 1974), Harvard (1974-1975), Yale (1977), National University of Malaysia (UKM, 1977-1982), University of Malaya (1982-2004), and Cornell (1993). He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2004).

Some of his most cited book publications include Rents, Rent-Seeking and Economic Development: Theory and the Asian Evidence, Tigers in Trouble, Globalization Versus Development: Heterodox Perspectives, Southeast Asia's Industrialization, Southeast Asian Paper Tigers? Behind Miracle and Debacle, Manufacturing Competitiveness: How Internationally Competitive National Firms And Industries Developed In East Asia, Ethnic Business? Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia, After The Storm: Crisis, Recovery and Sustaining Development in East Asia, The Origins of Development Economics, Pioneers of Development Economics,The New Development Economics, the two volumes of The Long Twentieth Century -- Globalization Under Hegemony: The Changing World Economy andThe Great Divergence: Hegemony, Uneven Development and Global Inequality, Policy Matters: Economic And Social Policies To Sustain Equitable Development, Flat World, Big Gaps: Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty and Inequality, Growth Divergences: Explaining Differences in Economic Performance,Towards Full and Decent Employment, Reforming the International Financial System for Development,Poor Poverty: The Impoverishment of Analysis, Measurement and Policies,IsGood Governance Goodfor Development?,Globalization and Development in Sub-Saharan AfricaandEnding Malnutrition: From Commitment to Action.

Some of his titles on Malaysia include Malaysia’s Political Economy, Malaysian Eclipse: Economic Crisis and Recovery, Ugly Malaysians? South-South Investments Abused, Deforesting Malaysia: The Political Economy of Agricultural Expansion and Commercial Logging, M Way: Mahathir’s Economic Policy Legacy, Bail-Outs? Capital Controls, Restructuring & Recovery in Malaysia, Malaysian Industrial Policy and Malaysia@50: Development, Distribution, Disparities.

He is married to Noer @ Noelle Rodriguezand has three children, Nadia (born 1987), Emil (born 1989) and Leal (born 1990).

Education

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (PhD, 1978), 1974-1977.
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (MPA), 1973-1974.
  • Yale University (BA cum laude), 1970-1973.
  • Royal Military College (School Certificate, Malaysian Certificate of Education [O levels], 1968; Higher School Certificate [A levels], 1969), 1967-1970.
  • Penang Free School (Lower Certificate of Education), 1964-1966.
  • Westlands Primary School (MSSEE), 1959-1963.

Emplyoment

  • Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, August 2012-December 2015.
  • Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York, January 2005-June 2012.
  • University of Malaya, July 1982-November 2004 (Associate Professor, Analytical Economics, July 1982-October 1986; Professor and Head, Development Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, November 1986-October 1989; Professor, Applied Economics, January 1991-November 2004)
  • National University of Malaysia (UKM), February 1977-June 1982 (Lecturer, February 1977-December 1980; Associate Professor, January 1981- June 1982)
  • Teaching Fellow, Social Studies Program, Harvard College, Spring, Fall 1975;
  • Teaching Fellow, Economics Department, Harvard University, Fall 1974, Spring 1975;
  • Instructor, Kennedy Institute of Politics, Harvard University, Fall 1974, Spring 1975;
  • Temporary Lecturer, School of Comparative Social Sciences, Science University of Malaysia, May-August 1974;

    Concurrent employment:
  • Research Coordinator pro bono, G-24 (Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development), December 2006-September 2012.
  • Visiting Senior Researcher, National University of Singapore, July 2004-January 2005.
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, Cornell University (Southeast Asia Program and Johnson School of Management), Fall 1993.
  • Visiting Instructor, Yale College, Fall 1977.

Awards, Honours

  • Keynote Speaker, Third World Social Science Forum, Durban, 14 September 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA), Buenos Aires, 4 June 2015.
  • Keynote Lecturer, Indian Society of Labour Economics, New Delhi, 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, Valdai Club, 2013.
  • Laureate, International Studies Association, 2013 [second after Prof. Ali Mazrui].
  • Honorary doctorate, Murdoch University, 2012.
  • Allama Iqbal Lecture, Islamabad, December 2011.
  • Keynote Speaker, Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA), Buenos Aires,2011.
  • Association of Asian Studies Keynote Lecture, Philadelphia, 25 March 2010.
  • Keynote Lecture, Malaysian Studies Convention, Penang, 18 March 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker, World Knowledge Forum, Seoul, 2010.
  • Second Hans Singer Memorial Lecture, University of Sussex, October 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Poverty Forum, Beijing, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Global Policy Forum, Yaroslavl, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Association of South East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK)
  • British AcademyLecture, London, 27 November 2009.
  • First Yusif A. Sayigh Development Lecture, Bir Zeit University, 10 November 2009.
  • Member, Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations GeneralAssembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, World Public Forum, Rhodes, 2008, 2011.
  • W. F. Wertheim Memorial Lecture, Amsterdam, 2007.
  • Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, 2007.
  • Sir Patrick GillamLecture, London School of Economics, London, 28 November 2005.
  • Speaker, World Economic Forum, Davos, 2003.
  • First Ishak Shari Memorial Lecture [Asia in the New Millennium], 2002.
  • International Institute of Asian Studies Lecture, Amsterdam, 2002.
  • Speaker, World Economic Forum, New York, 2002 [relocated from Davos in solidaritywith New York after 9/11].
  • Speaker, World Economic Forum (Asia-Pacific), Kuala Lumpur, 2002.
  • Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Senior Fellowship, Japan, Southeast Asia, 2001-2002.
  • SEPHIS Lecture Tour, Mexico, Brazil, 2001.
  • Speaker, World Economic Forum (Asia-Pacific), Hong Kong, 2001.
  • Keynote Speaker, Social Development Summit, United Nations Research Institute forSocial Development (UNRISD), Geneva, 2000.
  • Speaker, World Economic Forum (Asia-Pacific), Melbourne, 2000.
  • SEPHIS Lecture Tour, North, West, East and Southern Africa, 1997.
  • SEPHIS Lecture Tour, India and Sri Lanka, 1996.
  • Abe Fellowship (South Africa, Brazil), 1994-1995. [first non-US/Japan scholar selected]
  • Fulbright Asian Scholar-in-Residence Award (Visiting Professor, Johnson School of Management, Southeast Asian Studies Center, Cornell University), 1993.
  • British High Commissioner’s Award, 1991-1992.
  • Kuok Foundation sabbatical research award (Visitor, Faculty of Economics andPolitics, University of Cambridge), 1991-1992.
  • British Academy Visiting Professor, 1991.
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College,University of Cambridge), 1987-1988.
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford),1987 [not taken up owing to Professor Amartya Sen’s move to Harvard].
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Faculty of Economics and Management DevelopmentStudies Fund Award, 1977-1978.
  • Harvard Yenching Scholarship, 1976-1977.
  • Southeast Asia Population Research Awards Program (SEAPRAP) Award, 1976-1977.
  • Ford Foundation Award, 1974-1976.
  • Harvard Center for Population Studies Fellowship, 1973-1976.
  • Population Council Honorary Fellow, 1973-1974.
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Summer Research Award, 1972.
  • Yale College Full Scholarship, 1970-1973.
  • Malaysian National Delegate to World Youth Forum, 1970.
  • Putra Foundation Travel Award, 1970.
  • Lee Foundation Travel Award, 1970.
  • Royal Military College Scholarship, 1967-1970.

Academic Recognition

  • Editorial Board, Agrarian South: The Journal of Political Economy, 2012-
  • Editorial Board, Review of Keynesian Economics, 2012-
  • G-24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development,December 2006-2012 (Research Coordinator pro bono)
  • Editorial Board, FeministEconomics, 2007-
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Southeast Asian Studies Book Series, University ofWisconsin Press & UW Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2004.
  • International Adjunct Faculty, Master of Arts in International Development Studies,Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2004.
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge University Pressfor Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo), 2003-2008.
  • International Advisory Committee, Taiwan Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2003-2004.
  • International Selection Committee, Asian Public Intellectuals (API) FellowshipProgram, 2003-2004.
  • Advisory Board, Asia-Pacific Development Journal (Economic and Social Commissionfor Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok), 2002-
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, 2002-2004.
  • Advisory Board, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development(UNRISD), 2002-2004 (independent), 2005-2012 (ex officio).
  • Advisory Board, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, 2002-2004.
  • Advisory Committee on Economics and Policy, Times Academic Publishing, 2002-2004.
  • Editorial Advisory Board, The American Asian Review, 2002-2004.
  • Editorial Board, Asian Business and Management, 2002-2004.
  • International Advisory Panel, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, 2002-2004.
  • Advisory Panel, Human Development Report, 2003 (United Nations DevelopmentProgram), 2002-2003.
  • Founder Chair, International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), 2001-2004.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of East Asian Studies, 2000-2004.
  • Editorial Board, African Journal of Business & Economic Research, 1999-2004.
  • Editorial Board, African Journal of Development Studies, 1999-2004.
  • Editorial Board, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 1999-2004.
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Regional Advisory Panel on Southeast Asia,1997-2000.
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley,1995-1997.
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 1995-1997.
  • Evaluation Committee, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, 1995-1996.
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, 1995.
  • External Assessor, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang,1994-2004.
  • International Advisory Board, South East Asia Research (School of Oriental andAfrican Studies, London), 1994-2003.
  • Steering Committee, South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the Historyof Development (SEPHIS), 1994-2003.
  • Editorial Board, Links (Sydney), 1994-2000.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy, 1994-2009.
  • Life Member, Society for International Development, 1993-.
  • Council of the Journal, Alternatives Sud (Tricontinental Centre, Brussels), 1993-2004.
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and American Council of Learned Societies(ACLS) Joint Committee on Southeast Asia, 1993-1996.
  • Editorial Board, Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia),
    1982-2004.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Director-General, Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, August 2012-December 2015.
  • Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York, January 2005-June 2012.
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, July 2004-January 2005
  • University of Malaya, July 1982-November 2004 (Associate Professor, Analytical Economics, 1982-1986; Professor and Head, Development Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, 1986-1989; Professor, Applied Economics, 1991-2004)
  • National University of Malaysia (UKM), 1977-1982 (Lecturer, 1977-1980; Associate Professor, 1981-1982)
  • Teaching Fellow, Social Studies Program, Harvard College, 1975;
  • Teaching Fellow, Economics Department, Harvard University, 1974-1975;
  • Instructor, Kennedy Institute of Politics, Harvard University, 1974-1975;
  • Temporary Lecturer, School of Comparative Social Sciences, Science University of Malaysia, 1974;

    Concurrent employment:
  • Expert Consultant, G-24 (Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development), Lima, Peru; UNCTAD, Geneva, 1999, 2002-2003.
  • Expert Consultant, Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, 2002.
  • Expert Consultant, OECD Development Centre, Paris, 1999-2002.
  • Regional Research Partner, Centre on Regulation and Competition at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 2001.
  • Expert Consultant, World Bank, 1993-1997, 1999-2000.
  • Expert Consultant, East-West Center, Honolulu, 1999.
  • Expert Consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, 1999.
  • Expert Consultant, Institute for Development Studies, Sussex, 1999.
  • Expert Consultant, Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, Johannesburg, 1999.
  • Expert Consultant, Thai Development Research Institute (TDRI), Bangkok, 1998-2000.
  • Expert Consultant, Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), 1996-1997.
  • Consultant, Faculty of Development Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 1994-2004.
  • Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER), 1992-1994.
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, Cornell University (Southeast Asia Program and Johnson School of Management), Fall 1993 [declined offers of tenured professorship].
  • Expert Consultant, Asia Pacific Development Centre (APDC), 1992-1993.
  • Expert Consultant, Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, 1991-1992.
  • Visitor, Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge, 1991-1992.
  • Expert Consultant, International Labour Organization Asian Regional Team for Employment Promotion (ILO-ARTEP), 1991.
  • Member, National Economic Consultative Council (NECC), 1989-1990.
  • Expert Consultant, World Institute of Development Economic Research (WIDER), United Nations University, 1988-1991, 1997, 2001-2002.
  • Head, Development Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Malaya, 1987-2004.
  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 1987-1988.
  • Expert Consultant, International Labour Organization (ILO), 1983-1986, 1991, 1996.
  • Expert Consultant, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, 1995-1997, 2002.
  • Expert Consultant, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), 1984, 1992, 1994-1995.
  • Consultant, United Nations, New York, 1981-1984.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Yale College, Fall 1977.
  • Teaching Fellow, Social Studies Department, Harvard University, 1974-1976.
  • Seminar Instructor, Institute of Politics, Harvard University, 1974-1975.
  • Teaching Fellow, Economics Department, Harvard University, 1974-1975.
  • Temporary Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 1974.
  • Research Assistant in South America, Economic Growth Center, Yale University, 1973.

Personal Details

  • Date of birth: 11 December 1952
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Penang, Malaysia
  • Nationality: Malaysian
  • Family: Married to Noelle Rodriguez, 3 children (Nadia, born 12/08/87; Emil, born 09/06/89; Leal, born 06/04/90)


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