Dr Montfort Mlachila


Dr Montfort Mlachila is the Deputy Director in the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that, he was assistant director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. For the period of 2016-2020, Mlachila was the IMF’s senior resident representative in South Africa.   He previously served in various capacities in the African Department, including as mission chief, Deputy Chief of the Regional Studies Division, where he was responsible for overseeing the preparation of the department’s flagship publication, the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa.   Before joining the African Department, Mlachila served in the Strategy, Policy and Review, and the Western Hemisphere Departments. Overall, he has been at the IMF for over 24 years. Prior to joining the IMF, he was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Malawi.   Mlachila has worked on a wide range of countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and he has published numerous articles in the areas of public finance, growth, migration, monetary policy, international trade, and financial development. He holds a PhD in economics from CERDI, University of Clermont-Auvergne, France. 

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc, Economics, University of Grenoble
  • MSc, Econometrics, University of Grenoble
  • MPhil, Economic Management, CERDI, University of Clermont-Auvergne
  • PhD, Economics, CERDI, University of Clermont-Auvergne

Research Interests

  • Public finance,
  • Growth, migration,
  • Monetary policy,
  • International trade,
  • and Financial development