Lead Author and Executive Secretary
Homi Kharas is the Lead Author and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat supporting the High Level Panel advising the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda. He is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development program of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of the middle class, and global governance and the G-20. His most recent co-authored books are After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011). He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on global development policy, global trends, the global food crisis, international organizations, the G20, the DAC and private philanthropy. He has recently served as a Non-Resident Fellow of the OECD Development Center (2009); a member of the National Economic Advisory Council to the Malaysian Prime Minister (2009-10); the post-Busan Advisory Group to the DAC co-chairs (2011); and the International Panel Review Committee on Malaysia’s economic and governance transformation programs (2012). He was a member of the Working Group for the Commission on Growth and Development, chaired by Professor A. Michael Spence (2007-10). Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Kharas spent twenty-six years at the World Bank, serving for seven years as Chief Economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific region and Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management.