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
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
• *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
• Makroekonomi (Macroeconomics),
(with Ishak Shari; updated by Roza Hazli
Zakaria). Utusan Publications, Kuala Lumpur,
• Mikroekonomi (Microeconomics),
(with Ishak Shari; updated by Rokiah Alavi).
Utusan Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 2003.
• *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
• *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,
• *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
He is married to Noelle Rodriguez and
has three children, Nadia (born 1987,
Emil (born 1989) and Leal (born 1990).