Lant Pritchett is a development economist from Idaho. He graduated from BYU in 1983 and from MIT with a PhD in Economics in 1988. He worked with the World Bank from 1988 to 2007, living in Indonesia 1998-2000 and India 2004-2007. He taught at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2000 to 2019, where he was, at times, the Faculty Chair of the MPA/ID Degree program. Having twice retired, he is currently is affiliated with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as the Research Director of the RISE Programme, is the Research Director at LaMP (Labor Mobility Partnerships), and is a fellow at the London School of Economics. He has published over a hundred journal articles, working papers, chapters, and books, working with over fifty different co-authors. His publications spans a wide range of development topics: economic growth, state capability, education, labor mobility, development assistance (and more) and has been, at times, influential (his published work has over 47,000 citations).