The Africa Policy Journal sat down with Ipumbu Wendelinus Shiimi, the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, for an interview during his visit to Harvard as a keynote speaker at the 2019 Africa Development Conference.
Shiimi started working at the Namibia Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in 1994. He joined the Bank of Namibia as a Senior Researcher in the Research Department and became a Manager of the Economics Division in the same department in 1997. In 1999, he became Manager of the Modelling and Forecasting Division in the Research Department. In 2000, he took over as Manager of Statistics Division in the Research Department. In 2001, he became the Deputy Head of Research Department and in 2002 he became Chief Economist and Head of Research Department. In June 2006, Shiimi became a Senior Manager in the Banking Supervision Department until his appointment in November 2006 as Assistant Governor. He was appointed to his current role on March 25, 2010, by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Shiimi holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics (1998), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (Economic Principles) from the University of London. He also holds a Diploma in Foreign Trade and Management from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, an Honours degree in Economics and from the University of Western Cape in South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Western Cape.
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