International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Connie Freeman is currently the Regional Director for the East and Southern Africa section of the Canadian International Development Research Center.
Connie oversees the extensive African-lead research program in a cross-section of disciplines that IDRC has supported for the last forty years.
She has spent 40 years working on African issues and is a frequent commentator on sub-Saharan African development.
During her 14 years as a diplomat in Africa, Freeman helped craft American economic policy for sub-Saharan Africa and Kenya.
She was Peace Corps Country Director in Cameroon and Congo-Brazzaville.
Earlier in her career she was on the professional staff of the Foreign Assistance Sub-Committee of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
played a major role in shaping legislation related to foreign assistance, development banks, and the Peace Corps
She was also a professor of Defense Economics at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and a Director of African Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
Freeman has a Ph.D. in economic development from the University of Denver's School of International Studies.