We mourn the loss of former EADI president Louis Emmerij

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02 Dec 2019

We are very sorry to share the sad news of the sudden passing away of our former President professor Louis Emmerij at the age of 84 last week on 26 November. Louis Emmerij was the second president of EADI from 1978 to 1984 and a key person in giving EADI its current shape.

Professor Louis Emmerij was a distinguished international economist who has worked intensively on integrating all European countries in EADI, especially the Eastern European countries. Within his presidency and beyond, he laid the focus on three issues which, over the years, have even increased significance, also in the light of the SDGs :

  • Research concerning internal problems of developing countries
  • Development research related to internal problems of industrial countries
  • International issues.

He also established the structure of EADI working groups, which are still a key element of EADI’s flagship event, the general conferences.

Professof Emmerij had worked as Director of the ILO’s World Employment Programme which organized pioneering studies on employment problems in Colombia, Sri Lanka and Kenya. After that he became rector of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague from 1976 to 1985. When this term ended he was appointed as President of the OECD Development Centre in Paris. In 1993 he became the Special Advisor to the President of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington and from 1999 to 2010 he was Co-Director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project and Senior Research Fellow at the City University of New York.

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