DR Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) has been appointed as the Director at Large on the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) board.
Jan. 18, 2022
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Dr Matlanyane appointed director of AERC
The former Governor of CBL, Dr Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane
- She has served as a member of the AERC Programmes Committee from 2008 to 2014
- She was also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the CBL
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Her appointment, which was effective from December 15, follows her association with the AERC spanning over two decades in various capacities.
Dr Matlanyane has served as a member of the AERC Programme Committee from 2008 to 2014 and was the Chairperson of the programmes committee from 2010 to 2014, having taken over from the late Professor Benno Ndulu.
In her capacity as the Chairperson of the programmes committee, she also served as an ex-officio member of the AERC Board. She is an AERC Alumnus of the collaborative training programmes.
As the former Governor of the CBL, Dr Matlanyane was also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the institution, a position she held from 2012 to 2021 December 31.
She was the first female Governor in the history of the bank since joining the institution in April 2006 as the Second Deputy Governor to oversee the research, financial markets, and operations departments.
She was promoted to the position of the First Deputy Governor in April 2007 and later as the Acting Governor, a position she held until her appointment as the substantive Governor in 2012.
She is an accomplished economist and seasoned policy maker with vast experience in finance.
Prior to her illustrious career at the CBL, Dr Matlanyane was a lecturer at the economics department of the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
She previously served at various universities and regional and international institutions in different capacities, including as board member and Vice Chairperson of the board of the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA), Chairperson of the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI) and a member of the Steering Committees of AFRITAC (Technical Assistance Centre) South of the IMF and Africa Training Institute (ATI).
She has also served as an economist in the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
She continues to serve various local and international professional institutions in varying capacities, including as a representative of the SADC Central Bank Governors in the Financial Stability Board Consultative Group for Sub-Saharan Africa and a board member of MEFMI.
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In addition, she has, and continues to lead the financial sector reforms, including modernisation of payment systems, legislative changes that enable development of the financial system, promotion of financial inclusion, modernisation and strengthening of governance structures of financial institutions and advocacy for access to finance, especially for women.
Dr Matlanyane holds a PhD in Economics with specialisation in Macro-Econometric and Economy Wide Modelling from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, a Master’s in Economics from the University of Botswana and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the NUL.
She was named among the Inaugural List of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019 by the Avance Media.