Daniel Kaufmann is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He carries out policy analysis and applied research on economic development, governance, regulation and corruption around the world. He is a world-renowned writer, lecturer and analyst on governance, corruption, and development worldwide, with experience in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as in industrialized and transition economies.
He is currently president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Previously he served as a director at the World Bank Institute, where he pioneered new approaches to measure and analyze governance and corruption, helping countries formulate action programs. At the World Bank, Kaufmann also held senior positions focused on finance, regulation and anti-corruption, as well as on capacity building for Latin America. He also served as lead economist both in economies in transition as well as in the World Bank's research department, and earlier in his career was a senior economist in Africa. In the early nineties, Kaufmann was the first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, and then he held a visiting position at Harvard University.
Kaufmann is also a member of the Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum, a member of the board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, as well as a member of the advisory boards of Transparency International and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. His research on economic development, governance, the unofficial economy, macro-economics, investment, corruption, privatization, and urban and labor economics has been published in leading journals, and his writings are featured in international media.
Kaufmann is a Chilean national who received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His blog on Governance is at www.thekaufmannpost.net, and he tweets at www.twitter.com/#!/kaufpost.