Mélissa Kasongo Kashama - Economist
The group that I belong to (Monetary Policy) prepares briefing notes to help the Governor play an active part in the monetary policy decision-making process in the ECB Governing Council.
With a Master’s degree in Economics under my belt and several months’ experience in the private financial sector, I wanted to work in an institution that actually contributes to tackling the economic challenges that Europe faces.
The job of Economist in the Economics and Research Department meets this objective completely. The group that I belong to (Monetary Policy) prepares briefing notes to help the Governor play an active part in the monetary policy decision-making process in the ECB Governing Council. Furthermore, we contribute to drawing up recommendations within various expert committees at the Eurosystem level and in international organisation s like the OECD or the BIS. These monetary policy back-up activities rely on thorough economic analysis and research work. At the same time, the Bank’s publications and various other presentations give us an opportunity to clarify the Eurosystem’s action and the stance it takes for a wider readership. As early as my first year at the Bank, I was given the chance to write an article for its Economic Review on the ins and outs of the Eurosystem’s deposit facility having a negative interest rate. In a nutshell, the work is very varied and literally throws us right into the heart of current economic and financial affairs.
The working environment is friendly and stimulating, not least through its international dimension. In addition, the NBB offers a wide range of training opportunities, both internal and external. For instance, I go to Dutch evening classes at the Bank every week. During the summer, I also had the chance to attend a week-long course on monetary operations at the Bank of England.