President, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
Board Member Type: 
Civil Society Organizations

Daniel Kaufmann is President of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), an independent international ‘think and do’ organization. An economist, he has been a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption worldwide.  He has held leadership positions in the field and with his teams come up with innovative approaches to measure and analyse governance.  He has deep practical experience in helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms, including in areas such as anti-corruption and natural resources. His extensive research writings also cover other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatisation and urban and labor economics.

Dr Kaufmann was a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution.  Previously he was a director of the World Bank Institute, leading the work on governance at the World Bank.  At the World Bank he also held other senior management positions focused on anti-corruption, finance and regulatory reform, and was also lead economist is the World Bank’s research department. He was first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa. He serves in various advisory boards and has also served in the Faculty and Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (Davos).

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. He is into twitter, opera, soccer and scuba.