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Daniel Kaufmann

President, Natural Resource Governance Institute

Daniel Kaufmann is the president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. An economist, he is a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption worldwide. He has deep practical experience in providing high-level policy advice and helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms in areas such as anticorruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, privatization and labor economics. 


He is currently a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board and serves in various international advisory boards, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Anticorruption and Integrity and the Inter-American Development Bank’s President High-Level Advisory Group on Transparency. 


Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a nonresident senior fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading the work on governance and anticorruption. He has advised leaders in government, international organizations and civil society on governance matters and has been widely published in academic and policy journals and in the media on various areas of economics and governance. He is one of the most downloaded authors in the social sciences. He serves on various advisory boards, and is a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board. 
Kaufmann, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter.