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Liberian World Bank adviser to deliver 2008 Snyder Lecture

Emmanuel Fiadzo, the economic governance cluster leader for the World Bank in Liberia, will deliver this year’s Darl Snyder Lecture on March 6 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel. The lecture is open to the public.

Fiadzo, who earned his doctorate from UGA in 1998, was the first graduate of the housing and consumer economics doctoral program in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“This is the first time that the lecture series is featuring a UGA alum,” said Lioba Moshi, director of the African Studies Institute, which sponsors the lecture. “Among the African graduate students to come through here, he has risen in the ranks of the World Bank so quickly and has worked with a number of African countries so well.”

Currently, Fiadzo also serves as the manager of the World Bank’s governance and economic management assistance program to the government of Liberia. Liberia has endured more than a decade of civil strife that has devastated its political and financial institutions.

Fiadzo, who originally is from Ghana, began his career with an internship at the World Bank while still a graduate student. That internship led to a position as an independent economic adviser in a number of African countries, including Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana.

From 2000–2003, he served as the economic and financial adviser to two prime ministers and former President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic.

After spending two years as a fellow in housing studies at Harvard University, Fiadzo was hired by the World Bank as an economist. Prior to his work in Liberia, he led the World Bank team that helped the Gabonese government develop a poverty reduction strategy, and he wrote Gabon’s first public expenditure and financial accountability review in 20 years.

The Darl Snyder Lecture honors the retired director of the UGA Office of International Development.

The lecture helps to bring distinguished scholars and contributors to the study of Africa to campus.