CDP Membership (1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024)

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Adriana Abdenur, Brazil

Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ

Brazilian policy expert and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ, an independent, women-led research institute dedicated to issues of climate, governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean and across the Global South. She is a Policy Fellow at the United Nations University’s Center for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) for the year 2021, working on innovations in global governance around the issue of forests, and an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs at Sciences-Po Paris, where she teaches on Climate and Security. In addition to the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy (CPD), she is a member of the Global Climate Commission and the Strategic Advisory Board of the Weathering Risk initiative on Climate and Security. Dr. Abdenur earned her PhD in development sociology from Princeton University in 2006. She is the mother of two young children.

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Kenya

Founder and Executive Director of Horn of Africa Development Initiative

Founder of the Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI), a non-profit that is part of the GlobalGiving community. Founded in 2003, HODI works to foster peace and education in northern Kenya. Born to parents from warring tribes in Marsabit, Kenya, Fatuma has a deep commitment to peace. She is a lawyer, and the recipient of the Stuttgart Peace Prize. She holds a Degree in Bachelor of Laws from Moi University in Kenya.



Sabina Alkire, USA

Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK

Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, England, which was established in 2007. She is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association. She has worked with organizations such as the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office, the European Commission and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Department for International Development. Alkire and fellow OPHI Research Associate James Foster developed the Alkire-Foster Method, a widely used method of measuring multidimensional poverty. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Debapriya Bhattacharya, Bangladesh

Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Macro-economist and public policy analyst. Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a think-tank in Bangladesh, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, United Nations office, and other international organizations in Geneva and Vienna (2007–2009) and concurrently accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican. As Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, he led the delegation to various forums on the WTO Doha Round. Other former positions include serving as President of the UNCTAD governing board as well as the coordinator of the LDC Group in the United Nations System in Geneva and Special Adviser on LDCs to the Secretary-General, Executive Director of the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), and Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), Washington, D.C. Held a number of visiting positions including in UN-INTECH (Maastricht), University of Manchester and the Institute of Developing Economics (IDE) (Tokyo) and was an Associate Fellow at the Asia Society, New York. Holds an MSc (Economics) with distinction and PhD (Economics) from the Plekhanov Institute of National Economy, Moscow. He undertook his post-doctoral research at Queen Elizabeth House, in Oxford.

Sofia Borges, Timor-Leste

Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office of the UN Foundation

UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, she held the position of Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly and served in the Cabinet of the President of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly as Special Adviser on Strategic Engagement and Transparency. She also held various positions at the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the United Nations, including six years as Ambassador and Permanent Representative. She represented Timor-Leste through a critical peacekeeping to peacebuilding period, including its removal from the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Political Science, and Law from the Australian National University, Canberra, and Northern Territory University, Darwin.

Ha-Joon Chang, Republic of Korea

Professor, Faculty of Economics, and Professor, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Former Assistant Director of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge. Project Leader on “Industrial Organisation and Industrial Policy”, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Business Research, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge. Project Coordinator on “Development of East and South-East Asia and a New Development Strategy – Role of the Government”, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Project Director on “Institutions and Economic Development – Theory, History, and Contemporary Experiences”, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Visiting Professor at various universities, and consultant to United Nations and multilateral financial organizations. He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge.

Stefan Dercon, Belgium

Professor of Economic Policy, and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK

Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and is the Development Policy Advisor to the Foreign Secretary at the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), providing strategic advice, and responsible for ensuring the use of evidence in decision-making. Before joining the University of Oxford, he held positions at the University of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the Catholic University of Leuven, and WIDER (Helsinki), part of the United Nations University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Japan

Professor of International Affairs, the New School, USA

Professor of International Affairs, the New School. Development economist specializing in human development, human rights and the political economy of development. Her co-authored book “Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights” (with T. Lawson-Remer and S. Randolph) received the Grawemeyer Prize for Changing World Order in Human Rights Scholarship from the American Political Science Association. Other recent publications include: “Millennium Development Goals: Ideas, Interests, Influence” (2017); “Human Rights and the Capability Approach: An Interdisciplinary Conversation” (ed. with P. Vizard and D. Elson). Currently Chair of the University of Oslo Panel on Global Governance for Health. She served on the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines and Innovation and the Lancet Commission on Global Governance for Health. She was lead author and Director, UNDP Human Development Reports, from 1995 to 2004.

Ahmed, Galal, Egypt

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum

Former Minister of Finance in Egypt (2013-2014). He currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Health Policy Forum and is an active board member of several local, regional and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Until December 2016, he was the managing director, for 10 years, of the Economic Research Forum. Before that, he worked for the World Bank for 18 years, conducting research and providing policy advice to Governments of several countries around the world. He also served as Executive Director and Director of Research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). He authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, including on the Middle East, and holds a PhD in economics from Boston University.

Arunabha Ghosh, India

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India

Public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. As the founder-Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), he has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of Asia’s leading policy research institutions and among the world’s 20 best climate think tanks. He is the Co -Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air and is a member of the international high-level panel of the Environment of Peace initiative. He was actively involved in conceptualizing and designing the International Solar Alliance and is a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network. Arunabha advises governments, industry, civil society and international organizations around the world. In 2015, he was invited by France, as a personnalité d’avenir, to advise on the COP21 climate negotiations; and advised extensively on hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) negotiations for the Kigali Amendment. In 2018, Dr. Ghosh was nominated to the UN’s Committee for Development Policy. In 2020, the Government of India appointed him as the Co-Chair of the energy, environment and climate change track for India’s forthcoming Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP202 0). His monthly columns are widely read, he is regularly interviewed on national and international television, and has hosted or featured in documentaries on water, energy and climate change. His 2019 TED Talk on air quality (Mission 80-80-80) has crossed over 240,000 views. He is the co-author/editor of four books, dozens of papers, and with experience in 45 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York) and WTO (Geneva). He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford and topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Trudi Hartzenberg, South Africa

Executive Director of the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, South Africa

Executive Director the Trade Law Centre (TRALAC), which focuses on building policy and institutional capacity in Africa to enhance trade policy and governance. She is an economist working in the areas of trade and industrial policy, regional integration, competition policy and investment. Taught economics at the University of Natal in South Africa, and at the University of Cape Town. She has published in the areas of international trade, regional integration, investment, industrial policy and competition law and policy, and small business development, and has worked as a consultant with regional and multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, African Development Bank, World Trade Organization, SADC, SACU and the Africa Economic Research Consortium. She has worked extensively with governments in the field of competition law and policy and as a consultant to law firms and private companies. She has been engaged to conduct a ten and fifteen-year review of South Africa’s competition policy. She holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa. She currently serves on the World Trade Organization Chairs Advisory Board.

Anne-Laure Kiechel, France

Founder of Global Sovereign Advisory, France

Founder of Global Head of Global Sovereign Advisory (GSA), an independent entity providing holistic advice to States and State-owned enterprises on public policy and financial matters. GSA currently advises more than twenty countries around the world on strategic matters including macro-fiscal framework/policy mix, economic strategy, public sector perimeter and financing strategy/debt restructurings, as well as reform design/implementation/evaluation. GSA is an entreprise à mission (equivalent to B-Corp under French law) since 2020. Anne-Laure has more than 20 years of experience in Debt Capital Markets and Sovereign Advisory at both government and state-owned enterprise level. She served as Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (2016–2019). She graduated from HEC and Sankt-Gallen and holds a degree in Mathematics.

Carlos Lopes, Guinea-Bissau

Professor in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professor in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris and associate fellow in the Africa Programme and Chatham House. He has occupied several leadership positions across the United Nations system, including policy director for Secretary-General Kofi Annan and executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He has authored or edited more than 20 books and feature articles in Project Syndicate, CNN, Le Monde, Financial Times, China Daily, The Guardian, New African and Jeune Afrique. He is a member of the African Union reform team led by President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and doubles as the organization High Representative for Partnerships with Europe as well as a member of the Global Commission for Economy and Climate, African Academy of Sciences and Lisbon Academy of Sciences and the Boards of the African Leadership Institute and Geneva Graduate Institute. He took a PhD in history from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris and has a research master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He has honorary doctorates from Hawassa University in Ethiopia, Universidade Cândido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Politecnica University in Maputo, Mozambique.

Amina Mama, Nigeria

Chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis, Director of the Feminist Research Institute, and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, USA

Chair of the Department of Gender and Women Studies at the University of California, Davis, Director of the Feminist Research Institute, Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and Chair of the board of directors for the Global Fund for Women. Previous positions include board of directors of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Researcher and scholar, she has lived and worked in Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and the United States of America. She spent 10 years (1999–2009) leading the establishment of the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute as a continental resource dedicated to developing transformative scholarship bringing feminist theory and activism together. She published widely and is the founding editor of the continental journal of gender studies “Feminist Africa”. Committed to strengthening activism and activist research in African contexts, her research interests include culture and subjectivity, politics and policy, women’s movements and militarism. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Occupation and Applied Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Jacqueline Musiitwa, Zambia

Founder and Managing Partner of Hoja Law Group (New York/Kigali, Rwanda)

Trade and investment attorney with over 16 years’ experience. She founded Hoja Law Group, a legal consultancy that represents Governments in improving the business enabling environment and clients interested in expanding across Africa. She previously served in various leadership capacities including as Chief Advisor of Corporate Relations for Africa and Venture at Rio Tinto, Executive Director of Financial Sector Deepening Uganda, Legal Counsel and Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB Group), Advisor to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Chief Legal and Investor Relations at Baobab. Jacqueline has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at universities in the United States of America and Rwanda and spends her spare time researching China’s compliance with international law as a Research Associate at the China Law Development Project at Oxford University. She is a thought leader on technology and ethics, international development and corporate governance and has been published in the Financial Times, Project Syndicate and other publications. She is personally involved in various initiatives focused on COVID-19 resilience and recovery, promoting mentoring and access to quality education and entrepreneurship. She sits on the boards of and International Rescue Committee UK and previously sat on the boards of Bank of Zambia, Prime Insurance (Rwanda) and Microcred Zimbabwe.

Keith Nurse, Trinidad and Tobago

Principal/President, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Saint Lucia

Principal/President of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia. He has recently worked as Senior Economist and Advisor on Structural Policies and Innovation at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. He has worked also at the University of the West Indies as the World Trade Organization Chair. He serves on the Bureau of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. He serves also as a member of the Hemispheric Programme Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He is a former member of the Economic Development Advisory Board, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Nurse has worked as a researcher and consultant to governments and international and regional organizations around the world and has published on a wide array of issue areas such as trade policy and services, industrial policy and innovation governance, creative industries, tourism, migration and diasporas, gender and economic restructuring, climate action and sustainable development.

José Antonio Ocampo Gaviria, Colombia

Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA

Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration. He is also co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He has occupied numerous positions at the United Nations and in his native Colombia, including United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia, as well as Member of the Board of Banco de la República, Colombia’s central bank. In 2015–2016, he was also the head of Colombia’s Rural Development Commission. He has received numerous academic distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives award of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 Alejandro Ángel Escobar National Science Award of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Annalisa Prizzon, Italy

Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute, UK

Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), global affairs think tank. She has extensively researched and published on the architecture of development cooperation, external debt, development finance and multilateral development banks in peer-reviewed journals, edited books and research reports. She regularly advises strategy departments in bilateral development agencies and multilateral development banks in these areas. She worked in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. Before joining ODI, she was an economist and policy analyst in academic institutions and international organizations (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre and World Bank Group). She is a Council member of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Development Study Association (DSA) and was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Infrastructure. She holds a PhD in Economics and Public Finance from the University of Pavia, Italy, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame, United States of America.

Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Peru

Director Latin America Initiative and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Director of the Latin America Initiative and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development with expertise on Latin America, financial regulation, digital financial inclusion, Basel II and III, and the development impact of global financial flows. She also chairs the Latin American Committee on Macroeconomic and Financial Issues (CLAAF) and is Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York. From March 1998 to October 2000, she served as managing director and chief economist for Latin America at Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Rojas-Suarez was the principal advisor in the Office of Chief Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. Between 1984 and 1994 she held various positions at the International Monetary Fund, most recently as deputy chief of the Capital Markets and Financial Studies Division of the Research Department. She has published widely in the areas of macroeconomic policy, international economics and financial markets in a large number of academic and other journals. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Taffere Tesfachew, Ethiopia

Senior Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Senior Advisor to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI). He is a former Director of the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Special Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In this capacity, he managed the work of UNCTAD on Africa and least developed countries (LDCs) and was responsible for preparation of two major annual reports published by UNCTAD, namely, the Economic Development in Africa Report and the Least Developed Countries Report. He has over 30 years of work experience in national and international development issues, particularly trade and development and the related areas of investment, industrial policy, technology, enterprise development and regional integration. He holds a BA and MA degree in Economics from the University of Lancaster, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and an MPhil and a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He has published on a range of topics, including: “Technological Learning and Industrialization in Ethiopia”; “The role of policy in promoting enterprise learning during early industrialization”; “Learning to catch-up in Africa”; “Special Economic Zones and export-led growth: an industrial policy imperative”, among others.

Kori Udovicki, Serbia

Head of the Center for Advanced Economic Studies, Serbia

Head of the Center for Advanced Economic Studies (CEVES) in Belgrade, independent think-and-do-tank devoted to advancing Serbia’s economic recovery, democratic consolidation and convergence with the European Union. Former positions include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia, Minister of Energy and Mines of Serbia, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, and Economist at the International Monetary Fund. She holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

Rolph van der Hoeven, Netherlands

Professor of Employment and Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Netherlands

Professor of Employment and Development Economics (Emeritus) at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Netherlands. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Director for Policy Coherence at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Has worked for over 30 years in various countries for UNICEF and the ILO, where he, inter alia, was policy analyst for the ILO in Zambia and Ethiopia, Chief Economist with UNICEF in New York, manager of the interdepartmental project on Employment and Structural Adjustment at the ILO, and manager of the Technical Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. He is widely published on employment, poverty, inequality, and economic reform issues and has a PhD in Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Natalya Volchkova, Russian Federation

Senior Lecturer, New Economic School, Russia and Vice-Rector, Russian Foreign Trade Academy

Senior Lecturer and Policy Director at the Center for Economic and Financial Research, New Economic School, Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, Moscow. Former positions include visiting scholar at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics; Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Lecturer in International Economics at the International College of Economics and Finance, Moscow. In terms of civic and international affairs activities, she is involved as a Member in the Expert Council of Accounting Chamber of Russia, Council on Research Activities of Central Bank of Russia and the Council for Global Problem Solving. She is the author of various publications and books on economic issues and has been awarded VISBY Scholarship for Senior Researchers (Sweden), and the Fulbright Scholarship for Visiting Scholars (United States of America). She holds a PhD in Economics from the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute in Moscow.

Xufeng Zhu, China

Professor and Executive Dean at the School of Public Policy and Management and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals, Tsinghua University, China

Professor and Executive Dean at the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals, Tsinghua University (TUSDG), Deputy Director of the Science & Technology Development and Governance Center, Tsinghua University (TUSTDG), and Director of the Think Tank Research Center of the SPPM. His research interests include public policy theories, science and technology policy, sustainable development and environment policy, and public governance in transitional China. He served as Professor at the Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He serves as Regional Editor of Asian Journal of Political Sciences, Associate Editor of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and has editorial board memberships in ten other international journals. He also serves as Co-Chair of the SDG Working Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). He has won various national academic awards in China, including the National Distinguished Young Scholars of China (2016), and others. He was the winner of “Best Comparative Policy Paper Award for 2012” of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the “Naschold Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Public Management”. He was also selected as Harvard Yenching Scholar by the Harvard Yenching Institute in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environment engineering and a doctor’s degree in public management from Tsinghua University.

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