Michael Atingi-Ego is the MEFMI Executive Director. Michael, who is from Uganda joined MEFMI in September 2018. He is a seasoned economic policy official who has served in several capacities at various institutions. He obtained his first degree from Makerere University and later proceeded for post graduate studies in the United Kingdom where he got a master’s degree from the Cardiff Business School, University of Wales and a PhD from Liverpool University.
He started his career at the Bank of Uganda rising through the ranks to become the Executive Director, Research. In 2008 he took up an assignment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Deputy Director of the African Department (AFR).
He brings to MEFMI a wealth of experience obtained at regional and international levels. As Deputy Director in the IMF- AFR, he made seminal contributions to IMF work on increasing effectiveness of capacity development and in modernising monetary policy frameworks in developing countries. He also championed efforts to achieve improved macro-economic statistics in the SSA region and in advancing better and more consistent data management practices across the IMF. In addition, he provided strategic guidance to many IMF country teams in the region on program and surveillance work.
While at the Bank of Uganda, Michael published and consulted extensively on macroeconomic and financial, and statistical issues. He was a renowned lead resource person on MEFMI macro-economic management training and a widely deployed IMF short term expert on monetary operations and balance of payments in the region.
His international exposure and deep knowledge on regional macroeconomic and financial issues provide him with the necessary professional and technical expertise to head a capacity building institution, such as MEFMI, and in the context of a fast changing landscape. Michael is currently on leave from the IMF to undertake this assignment.