Homi Kharas

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Homi Kharas is a Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He works on policies for developing countries, such as the giving of aid, the growth of middle classes, the global food crisis, and world governance. His books include After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid.


Kharas spent 26 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, Finance and Private Sector Development. From 1990-1991, Dr. Kharas was a Senior Partner with Jeff Sachs and Associates, advising governments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union on transition.

Kharas then served as a Non-Resident Fellow of the OECD Development Center (2009); he was 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).

Kharas has written on global development policy, global trends, the global middle class, the global food crisis, international organizations, the G-20, the DAC and private philanthropy. He is currently working on scaling up development results.

He holds a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University.

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