Colin Bradford is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings. He is a specialist on global governance and the G20, and a leading catalyst for bringing experts into consultations with officials from host governments for the London, Toronto, Seoul, Cannes, Los Cabos, St. Petersburg, and Brisbane G20 Summits. He has edited Global Leadership in Transition (2010) and Global Governance Reform (2007), and contributed to The G20 Summit at Five (2014), Brookings Press books. As a government official, he was leader in the bringing about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
From 1998 to 2004 he was Research Professor of Economics and International Relations and Distinguished Economist in Residence at American University. Between 1994 and 1998, Mr. Bradford was a presidential appointee in the Clinton administration serving as Chief Economist of the United States Agency for nternational Development where he was also the senior official in charge ofUS relations with other donors, playing a leadership role in developing the International Development Goals (IDGs) which were precursors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Bradford was Head of Research at the Development Centre of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Prior to serving with the OECD, he was the senior staff member for two years in charge of the international economic outlook work of the Strategic Planning Division of the World Bank. From 1978 to 1988, Dr. Bradford was Associate Director of the Yale Center for International Studies and taught international and development economics in the M.A. Program in International Relations, which he directed, and in the School of Management, where he was Associate Professor in the Practice of International Economics.
Previously, he was for ten years in Washington as the first Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council, senior economist at the Inter-American Committee for the Alliance for Progress, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles (D-Fla) and director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks at the U.S. Treasury Department in the Carter administration.
He is author of numerous articles on international economic policy and development issues and is editor of ten conference volumes on major international challenges. Colin Bradford received his B.A. degree in History from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Columbia University.
[There is] a very serious effort to really pull [the BRICS nations] together despite the differences and differing interests. Yes, it will be difficult to put the [new development] bank in place. It will take a lot of time to accumulate the capital.