United Nations University Welcomes New Director of Its Helsinki Institute

  • 2018•02•07     Helsinki

    7 February 2018 — The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the recruitment of Professor Kunal Kalyan Sen as the next Director of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).

    Prof. Sen will join UNU-WIDER as Director-designate from 1 September 2018, assuming the helm as UNU-WIDER Director from 1 January 2019. Prof. Finn Tarp will complete his second term as Director of UNU-WIDER on 31 December 2018, culminating 10 highly successful years leading the Helsinki-based research institute.

    UNU-WIDER is a global leader in development economics research. The Institute — the first research centre of the United Nations University — began operations more than 30 years ago in Helsinki, Finland. Today it is a unique blend of think tank and research institute, operating within the United Nations system as a constituent institute of UNU and providing a range of services from policy advice to freely available original research. It focuses on transformation, inclusion, and sustainability, including the cross-cutting concerns of Africa, gender, and development finance to promote sustainable and equitable development.

    “I am pleased to welcome Prof. Sen to his new role with UNU’s longest established Institute,” said UNU Rector and United Nations Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “His extensive experience in development economics will help expand UNU-WIDER’s already impressive international profile, and usher in a new era of thought leadership for the Institute.”

    Internationally recognised for his research excellence and extensive academic publications, Prof. Sen is widely regarded as a leading expert in his field. He has been a Professor of Development Economics in the Global Development Institute at The University of Manchester, and Joint Research Director for the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. In addition, Prof. Sen has substantial experience directing and managing global research consortia, and serving in advisory roles with national governments and bilateral and multilateral development agencies including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

    Prof. Sen holds a PhD degree in Economics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-editor of Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes (2018); co-author of The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes (2016) and Out of the Shadows: The Informal Sector in Post-Reform India (2016); and author of Trade Policy, Inequality and Performance in Indian Manufacturing (2008).

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    Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, mcbride@unu.edu

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