Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
WAPPP Leader in Practice
Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall has been researching and writing on economic development issues for more than 25 years. Her most recent work focuses on the relationship between income distribution and economic growth and the role of regional public goods in development. As a WAPPP Fellow, Nancy will write a book in which her personal story provides an anchor for discussion of key issues in global development.


Nancy is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development. Before launching the Center in 2001, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1993 to 1998, she was Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank she spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs on international development issues, as well as many peer-reviewed journal articles. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Joint fellowship with the Center for International Development and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School