John Cavanagh at the 2005 Annual Sheridan Circle Memorial Service
John Cavanagh has been the Director of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. since 1998, and is a founding fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam.
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Cavanagh has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from Princeton.
He has worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organisation (1981-1982). He directed IPS's Global Economy Project from 1983-1997. Cavanagh helped establish the International Forum on Globalisation in 1995, and has been active in the anti-North American Free Trade Agreement networks.
He works closely with the Progressive Caucus of the US Congress and the international department of the US trade union federation, the AFL-CIO, on corporate accountability and international labour rights.
Cavanagh currently sits on the board of directors of the International Forum on Globalization.
He is the co-author of 10 books and numerous articles on globalisation.