Eunice Ajambo


  • Program Year
  • 2006-07
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Ethiopia
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Addis Ababa
  • Current Position
  • Economic Affairs Officer
  • Organization
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Profession(s)
  • International Civil Servant

  • Sector(s)
  • Governance, International development, Management, NGOs, Politics / Policy
  • Language(s)
  • English, Norwegian, Kiswahili
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • advisory, development finance, diplomacy, international development, international political economy, public policy, public-private partnerships, United Nations
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In 2018, we highlighted Eunice’s accomplishments and vision for the future. Please see that here.

Eunice Ajambo is Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She leads, coordinating cooperation and analysis on public private partnerships (PPPs). Her work on economic policy advisory spans economic governance, development finance, and public sector management, leading and contributing to high level policy development and programme implementation through instruments including the flagship Economic Report on Africa (ERA) and African Governance Report (AGR), and other non-recurrent policy studies.

Ms. Ajambo previously served at UNHQ in New York where she researched and covered a diversity of contemporary economic and social issues, contributing to high-level policy development and providing intergovernmental support through the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); undertaking strategic policy analysis at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) contributing to the first ever Africa Region Human Development Report; planning, leading, and coordinating a technical advisory mission with the African Development Bank (AfDB) East Africa Regional Service Center.

She has consulted, performing strategic policy and programme analysis for organizations including the Harvard China Fund, Allianz SE, AllAfrica Global Media, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). Her Africa-related work has been published in scholarly journals and online with the Michigan Journal of Political Science and Harvard Business Publishing among others. Her research work on “Public Financial Management, Macroeconomic Stability and Economic Governance Institutions” is published in “Macroeconomic Policy Framework for Africa’s Structural Transformation”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; and on Sectoral Approaches to African Economy” in the “Palgrave Handbook of African Political Economy”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. Ms. Ajambo regularly facilitates, lectures and presents at capacity building, high level meetings and events including the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit, the South AmericaAfrica-Middle East-Asia Women Summit, and the Economist Events Global Summit.

Eunice is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a Master of Public Policy degree. She studied the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, and she holds a B.A (Hons) degree magna cum laude, international Political Economy from Carleton College, USA. Ms. Ajambo is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow at the African Leadership Institute at Oxford University, and a Public Policy and International Affairs’ Fellow through Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In 2015, she was granted a “Global Female Leadership Impact Award” and was inducted into the “Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame” by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) in Dubai. In 2017, she was selected to be part of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). The following year, she was selected to the United Nations Emerging Leaders’ Programme.

As a Fellow

Eunice surveyed and interviewed government officials, practitioners and academics, in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, analyzing, and presenting findings on “Canada’s Trade & Development Policy towards Africa” to department Heads at the Institute for the Study of International Development.