Prof Nara Monkam honoured with the 2023 Sheth International Alumni Award

Posted on November 10, 2023

Fiscal policy specialist and head of the Public Policy Hub at the University of Pretoria (UP), Professor Nara Monkam, received Georgia State University’s Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement during an honorary reception held for International Education Week on 7 November 2023.

The award recognises a Georgia State University international alum who has garnered an exemplary and longstanding professional reputation of achievement worldwide.

Prof Monkam is an Associate Professor of Public Economics in the Department of Economics at UP.  She has held several pivotal positions in South Africa. After completing her PhD at Georgia State University (GSU) in 2008, she was appointed as Deputy Director of the African Tax Institute at UP and as a Senior Lecturer of Economics at UP. She later left UP to join the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) as Director of Research, fostering strong relationships with member countries and steering ATAF’s research agenda to inform tax reforms and policy formulation. In 2013, she was appointed to the Davis Tax Committee where she played a key role in reassessing the country’s tax system. She returned to UP in August 2022.

“Monkam stands at the forefront of transformative initiatives at the University of Pretoria,” said Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, who nominated her for the award. “Upon joining its Department of Economics in August 2022, her visionary leadership led to the establishment of the Public Policy Hub, which champions the co-creation — in partnership with the public sector – of transdisciplinary and policy-relevant research and aims for better development outcomes across Africa.”

With over 17 years of experience, Monkam’s expertise includes public economics, domestic resource mobilisation, tax policy and administration, intergovernmental fiscal relations and property tax reforms. Her collaborations extend to international institutions and diverse countries with organizations like the United Nations Development Programme, European Union, International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Additionally, she is committed to nurturing the next generation as both a postgraduate mentor at the University of Pretoria and a mentor at Georgia State University.

“Dr. Monkam has established herself as a leading expert in her field,” Martinez-Vazquez said. “Her contributions to academia and society have been impactful and widely acknowledged.”

Monkam has expressed her gratitude for the nomination by Martinez-Vazquez and the award.

“It warms my heart to be recognised by my alma mater for my achievements since I left GSU in 2008,” she said. “It also brings back fond memories of my time at GSU and is a testament to the strong foundation and values that the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies instilled in me. I am thrilled at the opportunity to reconnect with the GSU community and inspire current PhD students with my journey.”

This article was originally published by George State University on 9 November 2023.




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