Liako Mofo joined TIPS in July 2019. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics as well as a Certificate in Statistics, both from the National University of Lesotho. She has more than 16 years of experience in economic research, policy development and analysis, development of national strategic development plans, sector-specific investment plans and project cycle management in the public sector, and development in the regional and international context.
Prior to joining TIPS, she served as an Economist at the Lesotho Millennium Development Agency (LMDA) working in collaboration with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States Government Development Agency, to develop high-impact development projects for funding. In this role, she provided strategic leadership focusing on identifying critical constraints to economic growth; economic analysis of policy reform; and cost-benefit analysis of proposed projects, with attention to the cost-effectiveness of the investments and their impact on inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. While with LMDA, she also served in the Projects Control Office, acquiring skills on project risk management.
She spent 14 years in the public sector working in the Policy and Strategic Planning Departments and the Economic Planning Units in different government ministries, where she guided policy development, produced the national strategic development plan, undertook economic research, and managed development programmes in education, energy, mining and water sectors. Her work also involved public financial management within the same sectors.