Laurence Chandy, Director, Data, Research and Policy
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Laurence Chandy joined UNICEF as Director of Data, Research, and Policy in February 2017.
Mr. Chandy came to UNICEF from the Brookings Institution, where he served as a Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program for seven years. There he conducted research on global poverty, fragile states, aid effectiveness, and globalization. His work, including through his membership of the Atkinson Commission on Global Poverty, shaped reforms in global poverty measurement, and helped make the case for establishing the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Mr. Chandy has worked in a number of countries - supporting governments in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the Pacific on a variety of economic and institutional reforms, and lending efforts in the delivery and receipt of foreign aid. He was formerly a consultant at Adam Smith International, he advised the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, on the country’s energy sector and debt reforms. He served for two years as a Senior Economist in the Department of National Planning in Papua New Guinea. He also worked as a speechwriter to former president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn.
Mr. Chandy graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford University, with a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Master of Science in Development Economics.
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