Professor Radelet holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development and is the Director of the Global Human Development Program. His work focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Dr. Radelet has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government; as an adviser to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic adviser to the President of Liberia, and previously was an adviser to the President of Malawi. He spent four years as a resident adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years as a resident adviser in the Ministry of Finance in The Gambia. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Radelet was Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. From 1990 to 2000, he was on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and a Lecturer on Economics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.
Ana-Maria Arriagada is a senior-level international development practitioner with extensive experience in the areas of social protection and safety nets, education, and health and nutrition. Her recent work focuses on scaling up alternative models to deliver social services to poor women and children in developing countries, especially in Indonesia and South Africa. Dr. Arriagada worked at the World Bank for 26 years concentrating on policy research, strategy and program design, implementation and evaluation, and organizational management. She held several senior technical and managerial positions including Social Protection Sector Manager and, later, Director for the Human Development Department for the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She twice received the World Bank’s President “Excellence Award” for cutting-edge work with country clients, pioneering innovative approaches to program design, implementation and management, including community managed schools and transparent financial management of social expenditures and poverty programs. She currently works with several international organizations and non-profits, and is a senior advisor for the Results for Development Institute. Dr. Arriagada holds a BA from the Catholic University of Chile—her native country, and an MA and PhD in Economics from American University.
Tony Barclay is Director of Development Management and Practice. For 30 years, Tony was a senior executive at DAI, an employee-owned international development consulting firm, and served as CEO from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, DAI grew from a boutique firm to a global company with annual revenues of $375 million and 2,500 employees working in more than 50 countries. Honored as Executive of the Year in the October 2008 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony, Tony has had a long career as a global development professional. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western Kenya in the late 1960s, and returned there for his Ph.D. research in anthropology on the impact of a large-scale sugar project. He joined DAI’s development consulting staff in 1977. He moved into a senior management role in 1979, became DAI’s President in 1990; and succeeded the founding CEO in 1999. Tony was a founding board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a past President of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development. He has also taught management courses at UC Berkeley, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Program, and Columbia’s Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan.
Professor Ferhat holds a PhD in Economics from George Washington University, a MA in Economics from Boston University and a BS in Computer Science from California State University.
Karen Brooks is an economist with thirty years of experience in the fields of agriculture and development. She holds a PhD in economics from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University. She retired in 2018 from the International Food Policy Research Institute, where she was Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. Prior to that she worked for over twenty years at the World Bank, with emphasis on agricultural programs in Africa south of the Sahara and transition economies of Europe and Central Asia. Before joining the World Bank, she taught in the Department of Applied Economics at The University of Minnesota. She has published on agricultural policy in centrally planned economies and youth employment in Africa, among other topics.
Barbara Bruns is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University, after a thirty-year career at the World Bank as an education economist specializing in Latin America. Her books include Great Teachers: How to raise student learning in Latin America and the Caribbean, with Javier Luque (2015), Achieving World Class Education in Brazil: the Next Agenda (2012), with David Evans and Javier Luque, and Making Schools Work: New Evidence on Accountability Reforms, with Deon Filmer and Harry Patrinos (2011). Her research focuses on teacher quality and the politics of system-wide education reform. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics.
Dr. Velez had a distinguished career at the World Bank, serving as the Education Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, Education Sector Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Sector Coordinator (Human Development) for the China program, Sector Leader (Human and Social Development for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela), and Human Development Cluster Leader for Uganda and Tanzania. He also served as Principal Education Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa. Dr. Velez has also been a Visiting Professor at: Universidad Nacional, Bogotá; Brown University; University of Connecticut; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá; the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; and most recently at Peking University and Kobe University. Dr. Velez has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. His areas of interest include Sociology of Social and Economic Development, Sociology of Education, and Analysis and Evaluation of Development Programs.
Derek Byerlee conducted his early studies in Australia before completing his PhD at Oregon State University and joining the Faculty of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, focusing on West Africa. He then worked for many years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and South Asia, finishing as Director of Economics. He moved to the World Bank in 1994, serving as its Rural Strategy Adviser and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and serves on a number of international boards and advisory bodies. He has published widely and is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
My main interest during the past twenty-five years has been the use of social policy and analysis to help governments and development agencies improve the quality of their operations. This work ranges from helping transitional and post-crisis governments in Asia develop national community and local governance programs, to initiating multi-disciplinary applied research on social issues. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Joshi’s research focuses on poverty alleviation and demographic change in the developing world. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of development policies using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Her recent papers explore the effects of maternal and child health programs on the well-being of families in Bangladesh, and the impact of self-help group participation on the lives of women in rural Rajasthan, India. She is also interested in patterns of marriage and household structure across the developing world. Professor Joshi holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.