Théophile Azomahou is professor of research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France, Prof. in economics at the University Clermont Auvergne, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI). He is also Prof. at the Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, in Maastricht (the Netherlands), where he holds the chair of Development Economics. Prior to joining CNRS and CERDI in 2015, he was Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), the academic think-tank of the United Nations, in Maastricht, the last past ten years (2008-2018). In that capacity, he led the UNU research group on `Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions‘. He coordinated the establishment of a new UNU Research Institute in Dakar (Senegal), the UNU Institute on Social and Economic Research, the first in Francophone Africa. He held the Chair of Econometrics at the Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (2005-2007) in Paris (France).

Théophile Azomahou’s research veers around various topics in development economics and in applied econometrics. He has published in peer review academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Economic Theory, the Journal of African Economies, PLoS ONE, the Journal of Macroeconomics, the Macroeconomic Dynamics, the Mathematical Population Studies. He is Guest Editor of the Macroeconomic Dynamics‘s special issue on `Technology Aspects in the Process of Development‘, and Guest Editor of the Structural Change and Economic Dynamics’s special issue on `Innovation, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development‘. He was co-editor of the Journal of African Development (2013-2017). In 2017, he contributed to the World Bank – Africa Region book entitled: `Leapfrogging: The Key to Africa Development? From Constraints to Investment Opportunities‘. He also contributed to the 2016 UNDP report on Human Development in Africa entitled: `Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa‘. He was distinguished lectures guest at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) on: `Sustainability: from the Concept to Sustainable Development Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ and on: `The Role of the CFA Currency in the Economic and Monetary Integration of West Africa‘, in March 2015 and April 2017 respectively.

Théophile Azomahou held a Ph.D and a Master’s in economics, both from the University of Strasbourg (France). He also received an executive certificate on `A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking’ from Harvard Kennedy School (USA).