Rama Sithanen’s professional career of 39 years is almost equally split among public sector, private sector and international advisory work. He has held senior positions in the private sector as an economist, a partner in a consulting firm and a group strategist in a large conglomerate in Mauritius.
He was Minister of Finance between 1991 and 1995 and was instrumental in shaping policies to diversify the economy and laid the foundation for the emergence of Mauritius as an international financial centre.
He has acted as an international consultant and an adviser, working in Africa and the Indian Ocean, advising Governments and public sector bodies on public policies.
He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance between 2005 and 2010. He introduced bold institutional, policy and fiscal reforms that turned around the economy and moved Mauritius from dependence on trade preferences to global competitiveness.
He worked as Director of Strategy at the African Development Bank in 2011
Since 2011, he is Chairman and Director of International Financial Services, one of the largest management companies in Mauritius, engaged in providing fund administration services for capital market and private equity/venture capital funds to global corporates and institutions.
He was Chairman of the Rwanda Development Board between 2013 and 2017
He is Chairperson of 4 Sights, a technology company that is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and operates in many countries.
He also chairs Thomas Cook ( Mauritius), a company engaged in foreign exchange transactions and tourism –related activities. He also sits on other corporate boards.
Dr Sithanen holds a BSc Economics (with First Class Honours), an MSc Economics (with a Mark of Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Political Science from Brunel University, UK.