David de Ferranti

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David M. de Ferranti

"As head of the Latin America and the Caribbean group at the World Bank for six years until his retirement in 2005, David de Ferranti was responsible for the work of 700 professionals in 14 locations, with a $25 billion loan portfolio and a $160 million annual budget.

"His current professional activities include positions at the Brookings Institution, the United Nations Foundation, and initiatives associated with The Hewlett Foundation, Carlos Slim (the Mexican Financier), and his own firm.

"His prior experience has included heading up the World Bank’s work in education, health, nutrition, population, and other social programs, and before that, in other areas, including infrastructure, environment investment, and African development. Before joining the Bank, he worked in government, where he was responsible, as COO, for the operations of a 2,400-employee agency responsible for $17 billion annually in federal programs. Previously, he started and headed the agency’s policy, research, and evaluation complex. He also has worked at RAND, the think tank, where he conducted and directed policy research on U.S. domestic programs. His research and writing have dealt both with developing countries and with U.S. policies.

"He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, with Outstanding Dissertation Award honors, and a Bachelors degree from Yale University, with Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude, and Scholar of the House honors.

"His Board memberships have included among others: The Rockefeller Foundation (where he chaired the Board committee overseeing the investment of the Foundation’s $3 billion endowment); The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (where he is currently Chair of the Board); Transparency International – USA; The Center for Global Development Advisory Panel; Technoserve, Inc.; The Inter-American Dialogue, The Pew Memorial Trust International Health Advisory Panel; The Lewis T. Preston Education Program; The Escuela Nueva Foundation; and The Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas." [1]

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  1. Nutrition International Board, organizational web page, accessed April 12, 2020.
  2. Results for Development Institute Board, organizational web page, accessed June 14, 2020.