Dr. Mark Ellyne, an American, has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Economics from University of London, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, where he specialized in the political economy of international finance. Before completing his doctorate, Mark lived and worked in the UK (8 years) and in Belgium (3 years).
After completing his PhD, Mark worked at the International Monetary Fund for 25 years as an economist in the African Department. During his time at the IMF, he also served as the Fund’s Resident Representative in Uganda (1992-95) and later as the Resident Representative in Zambia (2001-2003). In this role, he worked closely with local government economic policy-makers and in both instances, he saw these problem economies turn around to become economic success stories. Mark has worked in some 20 African countries conducting macroeconomic analyses and has advised on a wide range of economic policy issues.
Mark retired from the IMF in 2009 and moved to South Africa where he is Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He specializes in macroeconomic policy, monetary and exchange rate policy, and regional integration. His goal is to help educate and train new generations of economists to understand the globalized international economy and how it can lead to greater world prosperity.
In addition to his teaching, he has done consulting work for: the Southern Africa Development Community on regional exchange control regulations; for the European Union on development finance; and for the South African Ministry of Finance on evaluating concessional aid flows.
In addition to discussing economics and politics, Mark enjoys mountain hiking, golf, and travelling with his wife Joyce.