Nicolas Kazadi, 50, has been a senior official at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2003. He was previously economic advisor and head of strategy for Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar and Togo, where he has been posted since 2012.
A former executive of the Central Bank of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he was a member of the team in charge of designing and implementing the monetary reform in his country in 1998. He was economic and financial advisor to the Minister of Finance from 1994 to 1997, the three years preceding the fall of Marshal Mobutu, and was subsequently appointed Director General of the Franco-Congolese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFC). In January 2002, he joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) as advisor and temporary alternate governor, representing five Central African Countries (DRC, Cameroon, Congo, Burundi and the Central African Republic). Nicolas Kazadi is the author and co-author of several works on economics, poverty reduction and governance. His publications include “La lutte contre la corruption en Afrique : défis et enjeux”, in L’Afrique et les défis de la gouvernance, Maisonneuve & Larose, Paris, 2008. He holds a postgraduate degree in economics from Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne University (1990), and is an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France (Averroès class, 2000).