Vêlayoudom Marimoutou is the 9th Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission. He took office on 16 July 2020 for a non-renewable term of five years.
An economist by training, Vêlayoudom Marimoutou was born in 1957 in Reunion Island, where he grew up and began his studies before moving to metropolitan France. A specialist in econometrics, he holds a doctorate in economics and is an expert in economic sciences. He began his career in higher education and research at the University of Bordeaux.
From 1996 to 1999, he was dean of the faculty of economics and management at the University of Bordeaux (France) before heading a joint research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research in quantitative economics. His career took another turn in 2008 when he flew to Pondicherry in India. For four years he directed the French Institute, one of the largest in the world, which combines cultural promotion and scientific research.
In 2016, Vêlayoudom Marimoutou was appointed Rector of the Académie de La Réunion. In view of his academic and professional career, Vêlayoudom Marimoutou was made a knight in the order of the Palmes académiques in 2011 and then raised to the rank of commander in 2016. In 2018, he received the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honour.