Professor Ravi Kanbur has been appointed as Chair of the Board of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). He succeeds Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, who served as Chair during 2009–2015.
To mark his appointment, Professor Kanbur stated:
“I was one of the first visitors to UNU-WIDER when it started up in 1985; I have been a member of UNU-WIDER projects, a leader of UNU-WIDER projects, and most recently a member of its Board … I look forward to working with Director Finn Tarp and UNU-WIDER staff to further enhance the Institute’s already excellent reputation.”
Ravi Kanbur is the T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. His main research interests include development economics, public economics, and economic theory. He has over 250 publications, covering a wide range of topics in development economics, particularly in the area of inequality and poverty. Professor Kanbur has published in leading economics journals; his latest book is on Development Ideas.
For more information, including an interview with Prof. Kanbur on assessing inclusive growth, please see the announcement on the UNU-WIDER website.