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Natural Resource Governance Institute
President Emeritus

Dr. Daniel Kaufmann

Advisory Board Member

Daniel Kaufmann is the president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a policy institute and non-profit organization operating in more than a dozen countries. He was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a non-resident fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading work on governance and anti-corruption. He was the bank’s first chief of mission to Ukraine, and worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa.

Daniel is regarded as a leading expert, researcher, and policy adviser on governance and development. With his teams, he has pioneered new approaches to construct indicators for country governance and designed survey methodologies for good governance and anti-corruption programs. He has also provided practical advice to countries based on his research on governance, the unofficial economy, macro-economics, which has been published in leading journals. 

Daniel, 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. He enjoys Twitter, opera, soccer and scuba. 

Did you know?

The concept of "legal corruption" has evolved under the stewardship of Dr. Kaufmann and Pedro Vicente.