PhD title: Essays on global imbalances and economic development
Supervisors: Ken Coutts and Graham Gudgin
Saite Lu is currently a second year PhD candidate at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He is an applied macroeconomist with a huge passion for economic development. He grew up in China, studied in the UK, and has spent several years as an economist working in various countries. His most recent experience was with the Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone, where he was a Senior Economist/ODI Fellow. He managed the macroeconomic forecasting model, which acts an essential tool that assists policy debates and budget preparation. He also advised the government officials on fiscal and investment policies, facilitated the budget supporting negotiation with donor agencies (including the IMF and the WB). Upon completion of the fellowship, he continues to work as a consultant for the World Bank and the Overseas Development Institute to provide technical supports to the Sierra Leone Government. Prior to this, he actively engaged in the research on microfinance in Bangladesh. At the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development, Dhaka, he has gained thorough knowledge about the microfinance sector and initiated the partnership between the Institute and the China Association of Microfinance to explore joint training and research initiatives.
He has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Economics from the University of Ulster.
Macroeconomics, Applied Macroeconometrics, National Accounting, Development Economics, International Finance, and Stock-Flow Consistent modelling