Advisory Board



Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Delhi she has lectured worldwide and held distinguished positions at many universities. Her research is both theoretical and empirical in scope, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged. An economist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary and intercountry explorations, her publications include nine books and over seventy professional papers on subjects such as land, livelihoods and property rights; environment and development; food security; the political economy of gender; poverty and inequality; law; and agriculture and technological change.
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. In addition, she is a Research Associate at Harvard and Vice President of the Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA). Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development. Publications include ‘Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction’, as well as articles in Philosophy and Economics. She holds a DPhil in Economics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
Raymond Baker is the President of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System. He has for many years been an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering, growth, and foreign policy issues, particularly as they concern developing and transitional economies and impact upon western economic and foreign interests. He is also a member of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, chaired by former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki. For fifteen years, he lived in Nigeria and established and managed an investment company which set up and acquired manufacturing and financing ventures, the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies.
Sonia Bhalotra is a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Bristol. Currently, she is a visiting Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford (2011-2012). Her research interests are development economics, health, education, demography, public economics, economics of the family, political economics and labour economics. Themes in her work are policy evaluation in developing countries, political economy of public service provision, gender, health and survival in poor countries and in the history of richer countries, early life interventions, social mobility and intergenerational transmission.
Ha-Joon Chang is one of the leading heterodox economists and institutional economists specializing in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, Chang is the author of several highly-acclaimed policy books, including 2002’s Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank as well as to Oxfam and various United Nations agencies
Alberto Cimadamore is the Scientific Director at the Comparative Research Program on Poverty, located at the University of Bergen. He is affiliated to the University of Buenos Aires and advisor to the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Paul Collier CBE is a Professor of Economics, Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998 – 2003 he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Collier is a specialist in the political, economic and developmental predicaments of poor countries. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honors.
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at the New School. She is a development economist who has worked on a broad range of issues of international development including global poverty, gender, technology, violent conflict and human rights. She is currently working on the MDGs, human rights measurement, and the right to food. Previously to joining the New School, she was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. She serves on the Board of the International Association of Feminist Economics, Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and Knowledge Ecology International.
Des Gasper works at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, currently as Dean of Studies. He studied economics, development, and policy analysis at the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia, and then worked in Southern Africa through the 1980s. His research interests are: development theory and development ethics; public policy analysis, including policy argumentation, evaluation, ‘logical framework analysis'; methodologies of policy analysis; and southern Africa.
Varun Gauri is Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank. His research draws on theories and methods form economics, political science, and philosophy to study how national and international governance systems affect human welfare in poor societies. Currently, he is leading research projects on the determinants of compliance with judicial rulings on human rights, grievance redress in basic service delivery, and the international regime for development assistance. He received a BA in philosophy and literature from the University of Chicago, a Masters and PhD in Public Policy from Princeton University, and has held positions as Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at ILADES in Santiago, Chile.
David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester and Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Prof. Hulme’s research interests include rural development; poverty analysis and poverty reduction strategies; finance for the poor and sociology of development. At present he is a Senior Research Fellow with the Leverhulme Trust writing a book entitled ‘A Contemporary History of Global Poverty and Global Poverty Reduction: Compassion and Self-interest’.
Leila Janah is an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice. Sama means equal in Sanskrit and is the guiding principle of her life and work. Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income, now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. It has received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate. In 2011, Janah co-founded Samahope, the first crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries.
Alnoor Ladha is a co-founder of /The Rules (/TR) and the current Executive Director. His work focuses on the intersection of digital organising, traditional activism, and political strategy. Prior to /TR, Alnoor was a founding partner and Head of Strategy at Purpose, an incubator for new types of social movements. He spent a decade creating political and social strategies for organisations included Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Global Zero, Google and the ACLU. Alnoor is an industry writer and speaker on the structural causes of inequality, new forms of activism, movement entrepreneurship and social innovation, with a focus on emerging economies. He is currently a board member for Greenpeace International USA and holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
Gerry Mackie is a political theorist interested in contemporary political theory, the history of political thought, and problems of collective action. His main area of interest is democracy, particularly democratic voting.
Branko Milanovic  is a Lead economist in the World Bank’s research department in the unit dealing with poverty and inequality and visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland. Milanović received a Ph.D in economics from the University of Belgrade in 1987. His research focuses on the issues of globalization, income distribution, and democracy.
Jonathan Morduch is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He is a prominent development economist most well known for his significant academic contributions to assessing the impact of micro-finance since the early years of the movement. He has written extensively on poverty and financial institutions in developing countries and on tensions between achieving social impacts and meeting financial goals in microfinance.
John Roemer is currently the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale, he was on the economics faculty at the University of California, Davis, and before entering academia Roemer worked for several years as a labor organizer. Roemer received his A.B. in mathematics summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1966 and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
Henry Shue is a senior Research Fellow at Merton and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. He is best-known for his book on international distributive justice, Basic Rights, and for pioneering the sub-field of International Normative Theory, which he has been teaching as an optional subject in the Merton College in International Relations since 2002.
Peter Singer is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specializes in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book, Animal Liberation (1975), a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory.
Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and the president of the Decision Research group. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Michigan in 1964. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. He publishes extensively and serves as a consultant to industry and government. Dr. Slovic is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award.
Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Ethics at King’s College London, where he is a Professor in the School of Law. His Stanford AB and Harvard PhD are both in philosophy, and he has had visiting affiliations with Princeton, Stanford and ANU. His Clean Trade project focuses on the natural resource curses of authoritarianism, civil conflict and corruption, and how changes in the laws and policies of leading states can benefit both resource-exporting and resource-importing countries. He is the co-editor, with Patricia Illingworth and Thomas Pogge, of Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy. His work on development aid, poverty and international institutions can be found at