Laurence Chandy

Former Brookings Expert

Former Brookings Expert

Director of Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF

Laurence Chandy is a former fellow in the Global Economy and Development program and the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative. His research focused on poverty, fragile states, aid effectiveness, and globalization.

Laurence has worked in a number of developing countries, supporting governments in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific on a variety of economic and institutional reforms and has led efforts in the delivery and receipt of foreign aid. He was formerly a consultant at Adam Smith International, where his work included advising the president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, on the country’s energy sector and debt reforms. He has also served as a senior economist in the Department of National Planning in Papua New Guinea and has worked as a speechwriter to former president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn.

Laurence is co-editor of Getting to Scale (Brookings Press, 2013) and The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015). His recent projects external to Brookings include advising the government of the United Arab Emirates on crafting a foreign aid policy, assisting former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown on an initiative to analyze the economic and social consequences of globalization, and serving on the World Bank Commission on Global Poverty.

Laurence graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford University, with a M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics and M.Sc. in development economics.

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Development Financing
Global Development
Global Poverty
Global Economy and Development
Additional Expertise Areas
Global Development
Aid Effectiveness
Fragile states
Global Poverty
Past Positions
Advisory Board Member, World Bank Commission on Global Poverty
Research Associate, Wolfensohn Center for Development, Brookings Institution
Freelance consultant
Senior Economist, Policy and Research Division, Department of National Planning, Papua New Guinea
Consultant, Adam Smith International
MSc, Economics of Development, Magdalen College, Oxford
MA, Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Magdalen College, Oxford