Dr Saite Lu is a Senior Teaching Associate in Development Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. He is also a Global Future Council Fellow on the New Agenda for Fiscal and Monetary Policy, World Economic Forum.
His current research focus is on national accounting and its applications in shaping sustainable development policies. He worked closely with Professor Diane Coyle on the Wealth Economy project, which investigates the role of missing capitals (e.g. natural, human and social capital) in the economy and how to improve economic development on the wealth approach. These capitals, together with a responsive financial system, are the missing pieces that are absolutely essential in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Saite also actively engages in research topics such as macro-finance and empirical macroeconomic modelling. He is currently leading a research project with Dr Ken Coutts and Dr Graham Gudgin at Cambridge to develop an empirical Stock-flow Consistent (SFC) financial forecasting model for the UK economy. The modelling framework would enable researchers to understand better the interlinkages between the real economy and the financial sector.
Outside academia, he has spent several years working as a professional economist. He was a macro-fiscal adviser for the governments of Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. His work on the development of macroeconomic forecasting frameworks has played an essential role in assisting the policy formulation and budget preparation in these countries during some tremendously challenging periods, such as the Ebola crisis and the Covid-19 crisis.