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Raj M. Desai

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development

Raj M. Desai is a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, and Associate
Professor of International Development in the Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

For the past eight years, Desai has taught courses on comparative and
international political economy at Georgetown University. His work focuses on problems of economic
reform, poverty, and international development.

Previously, Desai was a member of the core team for the World Bank's World Development Report
team. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank,
the United Nations Development Program, and other international organizations. From 1996 to 1999,
he was as a private sector development specialist at the World Bank, where he worked on the
privatization and restructuring of public enterprises in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,
and on the recovery of financial systems following economic crises in East Asia and Latin America.
He has also taught at Harvard University and Charles University in Prague.

In addition to being a co-author of A Better Investment Climate for Everyone (World Development
Report 2005), he is co-editor of Can Russian Compete? and of Between State and
Market: Mass Privatization in Transition Economies
(1997). He as also authored articles on
economic reform, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation in The American Political Science
Review, Economics and Politics, Journal of Comparative Economics, IMF Staff Papers, Economics of
Transition, The World Bank Research Observer,
and The European Journal of Political Economy,
The National Interest,
and Survival.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Andrew Mellon
Foundation, and from the National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees
from Harvard University where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and his B.A. from the
University of California, Irvine.

Raj M. Desai is a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, and Associate
Professor of International Development in the Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

For the past eight years, Desai has taught courses on comparative and
international political economy at Georgetown University. His work focuses on problems of economic
reform, poverty, and international development.

Previously, Desai was a member of the core team for the World Bank’s World Development Report
team. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank,
the United Nations Development Program, and other international organizations. From 1996 to 1999,
he was as a private sector development specialist at the World Bank, where he worked on the
privatization and restructuring of public enterprises in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,
and on the recovery of financial systems following economic crises in East Asia and Latin America.
He has also taught at Harvard University and Charles University in Prague.

In addition to being a co-author of A Better Investment Climate for Everyone (World Development
Report 2005), he is co-editor of Can Russian Compete? and of Between State and
Market: Mass Privatization in Transition Economies
(1997). He as also authored articles on
economic reform, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation in The American Political Science
Review, Economics and Politics, Journal of Comparative Economics, IMF Staff Papers, Economics of
Transition, The World Bank Research Observer,
and The European Journal of Political Economy,
The National Interest,
and Survival.

He is the recipient of fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Andrew Mellon
Foundation, and from the National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees
from Harvard University where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and his B.A. from the
University of California, Irvine.

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