President, Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI)
Patrick Guillaumont is the Président of the Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI), which he founded in 2003, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Clermont-Auvergne, where he was also the Dean of the Faculté d’économie. It was here in 1976 that he founded the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur le Développement International (CERDI), which became the main French research center in development economics affiliated to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). Before this, Professor Guillaumont served as an assistant at the Faculté de Droit et de Sciences Economiques de Paris, where he obtained his PhD. He also served as ‘Professeur agrégé’ at the Faculté de Droit et de Sciences Economiques de Dakar in Sénégal. Moreover, in 2003 he founded the Revue d'économie du développement, of which he is still co-editor. Professor Guillaumont has been a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, where he chaired various working groups on the identification of the Least Developed Countries. He has been a Member of the European Development Network and a Fellow of the Oxford Center for Studies on African Economies. He is also part of various international committees such as the Expert Group on Development Issues (EGDI) appointed by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Programme Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He has worked for many international institutions such as UNDESA, OHRLLS, UNDP, UNCTAD, ESCAP, and World Bank to name a few.