The WIDER Board

The Board of the Institute, comprised of economists, policy makers, and social scientists from different regions of the world, seeks to ensure the highest level of intellectual and scientific excellence, advising on UNU-WIDER’s research programme and activities. The advisory Board is entrusted by the UNU Council.


Prof Ravi Kanbur
T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs
Professor of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA




Jo BeallDr Jo Beall
Director of Education and Society
British Council, UK


Dr Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos
Deputy Director General, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Helsinki, Finland


Prof Martha Chen
Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School, MA, USA
International Coordinator
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), MA, USA


Dr Ling Zhu
Deputy Director of International Cooperation
Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China


Prof Miguel Urquiola
Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Economics
University of Columbia, New York, NY, USA


Prof Haroon Bhorat
Professor, School of Economics
Director, Development Policy Research Institute
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa



Ex officio

Dr David M. Malone
Rector, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan



Prof Finn Tarp
Director, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland