Célestin Monga, a Cameroonian national, is Economic Advisor to the World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. In his 13-year career in the Bank, he has held positions in both operations and in the research department, including as Lead Economist in Europe and Central Asia, and Manager of the Policy Review team in the Development Economics vice Presidency. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sloan School of Management's Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and taught at Boston University and the University of Bordeaux (France). He was the Economics editor for the 5-volume New Encyclopedia of Africa (Charles Scribner’s, 2007). His books have been translated into several languages. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as Department Head and Manager in the Banque Nationale de Paris group. He holds degrees from MIT, Harvard, and the universities of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Bordeaux and Pau.