Senior Research Fellow


Mundia Kabinga (Ph.D.) leads the macroeconomic component of the IDRC-funded Inclusive Economies COVID-19 Rapid Response Project. His core competencies are in applied economic analysis and transformation advisory in sub-Saharan Africa and frontier markets with a bias towards institutional reform analysis, tax administration, macroeconomic modelling, and optimization in complex and resource constrained environments. His most recent work focusses on: evaluating the impacts of COVID-19 and its public policy responses on poverty, inequality, social protection, firms, informality, financial flows, fintech, taxation, and cross-border trade in Africa’s largest economies, namely, South Africa and Nigeria; implications of the fourth industrial revolution on development finance, business models, and governments in frontier economies; and utility and electricity sector reform management in resource constrained environments. Mundia also works as a Senior Lecturer in Development Finance and Strategy at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the University of Cape Town’s Institute forDemocracy, Citizenship, and Public Policy (2016- Present) and Co-Editor for the Oxford University Press Handbook on the Zambian Economy (2020-2022). Prior to his current appointments, Mundia worked as an Adviser to the Zambian Ministry of Finance’s Macroeconomic Modelling Technical Working Group, and consulted for the World Bank Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) United Kingdom ‘s Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) Consortium, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the African Tax Institute (ATI) among others.

Mundia holds a doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Institutional Economics and Strategic Management (PhD) from the University of Cape Town; a Master of Arts in Economics with specialization in Macroeconomics (MA) from York University in Canada; and Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Development Studies (BA) from the University of Zambia.

By Mundia Kabinga