Manuel F. Montes is Senior Advisor on Finance and Development at the South Centre in Geneva. He was previously Chief of Development Strategies, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) where he led the team that produced the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS).
Before that, he was Chief of Policy Analysis and Development in the UN’s Financing for Development Office, where he also served as Secretary of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters; UNDP Regional Programme Coordinator, Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative based at the Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Programme Officer for International Economic Policy at the Ford Foundation in New York, 1999-2005; Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Economics Studies at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, 1989-1999; and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of The Philippines, 1981-1989.
He has held visiting positions at the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) in Helsinki, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, and the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) in Tokyo. His recent publications have been in areas of macroeconomic policy, development strategy, income inequality, climate change financing and industrial policy. His most recent research papers are “Obstacles to Development in the International Economic System,” July 2014 and Retooling Development and Global Economic Governance (Bloomsbury Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.