Richard Bissell

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development

Dr. Richard E. Bissell is the lead compliance officer for the United Nations Development Programme. In 2018, he retired from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as executive director for policy and global affairs, a position he held since 1998. He oversaw 15 boards with a focus on science and technology policy, international scientific and technological affairs, and the future of the science and engineering workforce. Prior to joining the National Academies in 1998, Dr. Bissell was chair of the Inspection Panel at the World Bank, where he reported to the board of executive directors as a founding member of a permanent, independent panel to investigate possible violations of Bank policies and procedures. In previous appointments, he held two Senate-confirmed appointments over a seven-year period at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for science & technology and assistant administrator for policy and program coordination. He served as editor of the Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and was director of research at the United States Information Agency. He has been a visiting professor at American University, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was educated at Stanford University (B.A.), Tufts University (Ph.D.), and Princeton University (postdoc). He has been a senior adviser at CSIS since 2018.