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Curriculum vitae


Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) since January 2005, and (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development since December 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He has authored or edited 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) where he now serves on the Advisory Panel. He was also on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva (2002-4). He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals. During 2008-2009, he served as adviser to 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.

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 authored books are

• Ending Malnutrition: From Commitment to Action. (with Vikas Rawal and Michael T. Clark). Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2015 (175pp+xvi).
• *Malaysia@50: Economic Development, Distribution, Disparities. World Scientific Publisher, Singapore, and SIRD, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 2014 (198pp+xvi).
• *Globalization and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Oliver Schwank and Rudiger von Arnim). United Nations Press, New York, 2012 (90pp+iv).
• *Labour Market Segmentation in Malaysian Services (with H. L. Khong). National University of Singapore Press, Singapore, 2010 (193pp+xiv).
• Warisan Ekonomi Mahathir (Mahathir’s Economic Legacy). Utusan Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 2010 (266pp+vii).
• Report of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. Republished as Stiglitz, J. E., and members of a UN Commission of Financial Experts. The Stiglitz Report: Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Systems in the Wake of the Global Crisis. New Press,New York,2010.
• *Law, Institutions and Malaysian Economic Development (with Wong Sau Ngan). National University of Singapore Press, Singapore, 2008 (285pp+xii).
• *Malaysian “Bail-Outs”? Capital Controls, Restructuring & Recovery in Malaysia. (with Wong Sook Ching and Chin Kok Fay). Singapore University Press, Singapore, 2005 (349pp+lvi).
• Affirmative Action: International Experiences & Lessons for Fiji. Constitution Matters Lecture, Suva, Fiji, 2004.
• M Way: Mahathir’s Economic Legacy. Forum, Kuala Lumpur, 2004 (248pp+vi).
• *Capital management techniques in developing countries: An assessment of experiences from the 1990s and lessons for the future (with Gerald Epstein and Ilene Grabel). G-24 Discussion Paper no. 27, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, March 2004 (34pp+ix).
• *Deforesting Malaysia: The Political Economy and Social Ecology of Agricultural Expansion and Commercial Logging (with Chang Y. T., Khoo K. J. and others). Zed Books, London, 2004 (253pp+xxi).
• *The New Economic Policy and Inter-ethnic Relations in Malaysia. Identities, Conflict and Cohesion Programme Paper Number 7, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, September 2004 (22pp+vii). Reprinted in Joshua Castellino [ed.] (2011). Global Minority Rights. Ashgate, Farnham, UK: 239-268.
• *Globalization, Liberalization and Equitable Development: Lessons from East Asia. Overarching Concerns Paper No. 3,United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, July 2003 (34pp).
• Makroekonomi (Macroeconomics), (with Ishak Shari; updated by Roza Hazli Zakaria). Utusan Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 2003. (538pp+x).
• Mikroekonomi (Microeconomics), (with Ishak Shari; updated by Rokiah Alavi). Utusan Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 2003. (457pp+ix).
• *Growth After The Asian Crisis: What Remains Of The East Asian Model? Harvard Center for International Development and UNCTAD G-24 Discussion Paper No. 10, Geneva and Cambridge, March 2001 (61pp).
• *Malaysian Eclipse: Economic Crisis and Recovery. Zed Books, London, 2001 (321pp+xlii).
• *Economic Diversification and Primary Commodity Processing in the Second-tier Southeast Asian Newly Industrializing Countries (with Michael Rock). UNCTAD Discussion Paper No. 136, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, June 1998 (41pp).
• *Economic Considerations for a Renewed Nationalism. SEPHIS-CODESRIA Lecture No. 2, 1998 (47pp).
• *Lessons from Growth and Structural Change in the Second-tier South East Asian Newly Industrializing Countries. UNCTAD Discussion Paper, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva.
• *Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits (with E.T. Gomez). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997 (207pp+xix). Revised edition, 1999 (228pp+xix).
• *Southeast Asia’s Misunderstood Miracle: Industrial Policy and Economic Development in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia (with Chen Yun Chung, Brian C. Folk, Irfan ul-Haque, Pasuk Phongpaichit, Batara Simatupang, Mayuri Tateishi). Westview, Boulder, 1997 (196pp+xiv).
• *U-Turn? Malaysian Economic Development Policies After 1990. Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, 1994 (119pp+xiv).

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

N.B. This abridged C.V. does not provide other information including consultancy reports, unpublished conference, seminar and working papers, book reviews, articles published in non-academic journals, the popular (including business) press, etc.
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