Campus faculty member tapped as expert for United Nations' efforts

The United Nations has taken notice of the work of Penn State DuBois' own assistant professor of economics Evelyn Wamboye. Officials in the U.N.'s Committee for Development Policy, who work to improve the lives of people living in undeveloped countries, have asked Wamboye to contribute her expertise to their efforts.

Wamboye will serve as an economic expert on the U.N.'s Web-based Support Measure Portal for Least Developed Countries, where she will offer insight on the economic issues these countries face and participate in discussions with other experts from around the world on how these issues can be resolved.

U.N. administrators happened to find a research paper online that was written by Wamboye and a colleague that addressed topics such as foreign aid to underprivileged countries. They were so impressed with her vision concerning these topics, that those U.N. officials reached out to Wamboye and asked her to contribute that vision to their mission. 

"It is quite a great professional thrill and honor to be asked to contribute my expertise to such a global entity," said Wamboye. "It accentuates my pride of being affiliated with a great institution such as Penn State, and the continued support I have received towards my scholarship of research."

Originally from Kenya, Wamboye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and her master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Wamboye earned her doctorate in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, specializing in international economics with research interests in international trade, outsourcing, economic development and labor economics.

Wamboye's research focuses on issues related to foreign aid, foreign debt and various aspects of globalization, and their impact on economic growth and development of least developed and developing countries in general.

With the U.N.'s Committee for Development Policy's mission so closely aligned with her own work and interests, Wamboye quipped, "Since the world is indeed flat, I am so glad that my expertise will be shared and have an impact, especially in the developing countries."

To learn more about the United Nation's efforts to aid underdeveloped and least developed countries, visit

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Last Updated January 09, 2015