Danny Leipziger

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Associated Programs: Americas Program

Danny Leipziger is professor of international business and international affairs at George Washington University and managing director at the Growth Dialogue. He is a former vice president for poverty reduction and economic management at the World Bank (2004–2009). Over the course of his 28-year career at the World Bank, he held management positions in the East Asia and the Latin America and Caribbean regions, as well as in the World Bank Institute. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Leipziger served in senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State. He was also a vice chair of the independent Commission on Growth and Development (2005–2009). He has published widely in the areas of development economics and finance, industrial policy, and banking, including books on Korea, Chile, and East Asia and edited volumes Globalization and Growth, with Michael Spence (World Bank, 2010) and Stuck in the Middle, with Antonio Estache (Bookings, 2009). He is an expert commentator on issues of globalization, inequality and development, urbanization and innovation. A frequent contributor to the Financial Times, he has also written for Project Syndicate and VoxEU and organized Bellagio conferences for the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Leipziger is an adviser to multilateral development banks, think tanks, the G24, and numerous governments. He received his B. A. in economics (magna cum laude) from the City College of New York and his Ph. D. in economics from Brown University.