Vera Songwe

Chair and Founder,  Liquidity and Sustainability Facility

Vera Songwe is Chair and Founder of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, member of the G20 Finance Ministers Independent Expert Group on MB reform, a visiting senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Co-Chair of the High Level Expert Panel on Climate Finance nominated by the governments of the UK and Egypt alongside Lord Nick Stern. She is the former United Nations Under-Secretary General and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Songwe has led numerous efforts to bring greater prosperity to Africa. She has worked with African heads of government, Ministers of Finance and Central Bank governors, international organizations and the private sector on macroeconomic stability, monetary policy, financial innovation and inclusion, growth, economic integration and trade, and private sector development. She is a leader recognized and respected globally and has contributed policy advice to many continental leaders and institutional leaders globally.

She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, a Master of Arts in Law and Economics, and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in Economic Science and Politics from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She also was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in December of 2022 and holds a B.A. in Economics and Political science, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.