Maty Konte has joined the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) as a research fellow in economics in November 2013. She is from Senegal and has obtained her PhD degree in economics from the Aix-Marseille School of Economics in France, where she was awarded the prize of best PhD in economics in 2013. She has been awarded an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She obtained a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and economics from the faculty of science in Marseille, and a Master and a Magister in economics both from Aix-Marseille University. She passed the French national exam “Baccalauréat Scientifique” in the international French school in Addis-Abeba.
She has been acting on a volunteer basis as a Vice President and Project Manager for the NGO Women and Nature International in New York. She has consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, and for think tanks and research programs in Africa, including CRES in Senegal, ERSA in South-Africa and AERC in Kenya. She has also served as an expert advisor for the Conversation, a media outlet which reached a monthly audience of 5.2 millions users onsite in 2017. In 2018 she becomes a BITSS Catalylist and joins the Global Labor Organization (GLO) network as a Fellow.
Before joining UNU-MERIT she was a consultant and visiting scholar at UNU-WIDER (Helsinki, 2013), a research officer at the department of economics in Aix-Marseille (2012-2013, Marseille), a guest researcher in the department of economics at the university of Washington (Seattle, 2013), a visiting student in the department of economics at the university of Montreal (Canada, 2008), and an intern at the Bank of France (Paris, 2008). She has also occupied research and teaching positions during the period 2009-2013 in France.
Maty Konte is interested in policy-relevant research that addresses different issues on economic development and growth, institutions, governance and gender and women’s empowerment. A sample of her work has been published in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Feminist Economics, Applied Economics, Emprical Economics, and has appeared in media outlets such as the World Economic Forum, the Conversation and Agence de Presse Senegalaise.