Dr. Waziona Ligomeka

Waziona Ligomeka, a 2011 graduate of Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program, has been appointed to the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters for the 2021-2025 term.

“I am truly honored to be appointed to this position,” said Ligomeka. “I have boundless gratitude for the confidence and trust placed in me by my country to serve on this position. The appointment presents an opportunity to me and other members from Africa to influence crucial discussions and shape the global tax debate so that it fully takes into account the unique features of the African perspective.” He is the first Malawian to be appointed to this committee.

Ligomeka also expressed appreciation for the MIDP program, where he completed the International Tax- Public Financial Management (IT-PFM) specialization. “The MIDP program opened many doors for me. I joined the program when I was working in the Malawi Ministry of Finance as a junior officer. Soon after finishing the master’s program, I was promoted to a senior position. I also got admitted into a PhD program at a prestigious school, the University of Sussex. The MIDP program made all of this possible.”

Eddy Malesky, professor of political economy and director of the Duke Center for International Development said, “For over twenty years, the MIDP program has been at the forefront of developing the next leaders in tax policies and public financial management. We are immensely proud of Waziona for putting his expertise into action on a critical, global task force. Cooperation on taxation policies among developing countries is critical for finding common ground on sustainable solutions to climate change, financial digitalization, as well as corporate profit shifting.”

Ligomeka currently serves as director of Policy Planning and Research at the Malawi Revenue Authority.

Housed in the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Master of International Development Program (MIDP) is a rigorous interdisciplinary program for mid-career and senior-level professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing, post-conflict and transition countries. For more information or to apply, visit the MIDP website.

By April L. Raphiou, DCID Communications Director


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