Rwandan Economist drowns in pool, dies in France

On 30 December 2018 at 02:30

Rwandan economist, Samuel Baker who has served as Economist at Rwanda’s Central Bank has passed on after he drowned in a pool in France where he had gone on holiday from London where he was pursuing a PhD in Economics.

News of the passing of Samuel Baker was first announced on Twitter by one Twahirwa who tweeted as: ’’This country just lost a young, bright man, Samuel Baker a few hours ago...The family received the heart dropping news of his drowning in a swimming pool in France where he had gone for a holiday from London."

The news came as a shock for many on Twitter including the Governor of Rwanda National Bank, John Rwangombwa who described Samuel’s death as a big loss to Rwanda.

"It’s really sad. Samuel was one the brightest, hardworking and very positive young man I have ever met. It’s a big loss to our country indeed. To Samuel’s family we pray for you and join in moaning him. RIP Samuel," Rwangombwa tweeted.

The announcement released by iDebate, an organization of which he was among founding members and in which he served the first Programs Manager said he ’’played a crucial role in steadying the organization that was in its infancy, taking on administrative as well as coaching duties."

"Samuel was a genius at his own right, who at 25 years of age had already earned a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Strathclyde Business School and was pursuing a PhD at City University of London, which would have made him of the youngest PhD holders in Rwanda," the announcement reads in part.

The announcement goes on to say that Samuel Baker "had always dreamed to be part of our country’s transformation story. This led him to leave his job as an analyst at J.P Morgan to accept a position as Economist in the Monetary Policy and Research Department of the Central Bank of Rwanda", a position he left to work in the Governor’s office according to his LinkedIn profile.

Samuel Baker’s LinkedIn account also indicates that besides being a PhD student at City London University, he was also the Africa Analyst, Economics and Country Risk at IHS Markit, a data and information services business, based in London that caters to a variety of industries including automotive, energy, financial services, defense and maritime.

Samuel Baker has written several opinions in Economics with most of them related to why Africa needed a single trade market, the digitization of economy among other opinions.

He was one of the founding members of iDebate Rwanda
Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa too was shocked by Samuel Baker's describing it as big loss Rwanda