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Dr. Rita

Rita holds a double honours degree (BSc & BA) in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College, Massachusetts, USA. In addition, she holds MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. Rita’s most recent role was Director & Chief Economist, Sub-Saharan Africa at Barclays Investment Bank, London UK (October 2017 – December 2019). Before that appointment, she was Vice President and Senior Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service (September 2014 – September 2017), Senior Economist on secondment at the Bank of England (November 2011 – April 2014), Desk Economist & Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund (April 2003 – November 2011) and a Desk Economist at the World Bank Group (January 2002 – April 2003). Rita is a global macroeconomist, sovereign credit research analyst and financial markets economist with over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry, international development and policymaking institutions.

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