Licencie en Droit, University Paris. Diplome d'etudes superieures d'economie politique et de sciences economiques. Diplome de l'Institut d'etudes politiques.
Ancien eleve de l'Ecole Nationale d'Administration (promotion Alexis de Tocqueville).
To date, he is the longest serving Managing Director of the IMF. Among the most important events of his tenure was the East Asian financial crisis. His role has been criticized for not paying attention to the unique circumstances of the East Asian countries and blindly imposing the measures that were followed in Mexico leading to considerable turmoil and rioting in countries such as Indonesia. Previously, he was Deputy Governor and Governor of the Bank of France from November 1984 until his move to Washington, D.C.
Born in Bayonne, France, Mr. Camdessus was educated at the University of Paris and earned postgraduate degrees in economics at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris and the École nationale d'administration. Every year, the Panel releases a report, the Africa Progress Report, that outlines an issue of immediate importance to the continent and suggests a set of associated policies.
In 2012, the Africa Progress Report highlighted issues of Jobs, Justice, and Equity. The 2013 report will outline issues relating to oil, gas, and mining in Africa. He also participates in the jury for the Conflict Prevention Prize awarded every year by this foundation, and in the scientific committee of its Water and Sanitation programme.
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He is currently president of the Semaines Sociales de France and is a member of the Commission for Africa established by Tony Blair. He is also a member of the pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace. He is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa.
Michel Camdessus is also a member of the Fondation Chirac's board of directors, ever since the foundation was launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac in order to promote world peace.
Married Brigitte d'Arcy, December 7, 1957. Children: Francois, Marie-Odile, Christine, Thibaut, Claire, Marie-Genevieve.