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Dr. Sampawende Tapsoba

Deputy Chief Economist – Afreximbank

Dr. Tapsoba is the Deputy Chief Economist & Director of Data Management & Model Development at Afreximbank. Before the Bank, Dr. Tapsoba has worked for the IMF since 2010. He was the lead economist in Malawi and Rwanda, co-led the surveillance network of the IMF African Department, and played a senior role in the IMF African Department Research Advisory Group. He was the IMF Resident Representative to Togo from 2017 to 2021, where he acted as a trusted advisor, capacity builder, and outreach developer. Prior to his tenure at the IMF, he held the following positions: Deputy Head of the Aid Unit at the French Treasury, Economist at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economist at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Economist at the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and Assistant Professor at the Clermont School of Economics.

He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for International Development Studies and Research (FERDI).  Dr. Tapsoba holds a PhD in International Economics and a Master’s degree in International Economics, Development Economics, and Project Management from the University of Auvergne, France. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management of Banking Activities from the Training Center of the Banking Association of Togo.