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About Project Director and Authors

Daniel F. Runde is senior vice president and director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on the contributions of development assistance, the multilateral institutions, the private sector and good governance for creating a freer and more prosperous world. 
A thought leader on international development, emerging markets and foreign policy, he has influenced many debates regarding the deployment of U.S. power in the world. His work was cited for preserving the Doing Business Initiative at the World Bank Group in 2013. He shaped the conversation regarding U.S. participation in implementing the 2014 World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. In 2015, he advised the U.S. Department of State in its preparations for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa; Mr. Runde’s work led to the creation of the Sustainable Financing Initiative, an effort by the U.S. government to leverage additional local government revenue for health. He also was active in bringing the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Executive branch to an agreement on IMF Quota Reform in 2016. He has directed and published dozens of papers and reports. He speaks often at international fora and convenes dozens of conferences and roundtables every year.
Mr. Runde is a columnist at and hosts a podcast series called “Building the Future with Dan Runde.” He blogs at He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress as well as the Australian and Canadian Parliaments. He has been an advisor to the U.S., Canadian, Australian, Korean, Danish, and Japanese governments. He works closely with the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.
Prior to CSIS, he led teams of people, managed organizational change initiatives, and built cross sectoral partnerships for the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, he was responsible for running the Global Development Alliance Initiative and for building 100 partnerships directly and another 300 indirectly through training and technical assistance that leveraged $4.8 billion for international development. Mr. Runde worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his career in investment banking at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. in Baltimore.
He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States from 2012 to 2016. He serves on the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Romina Bandura is a senior fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS. Before joining CSIS in September 2017, she was a senior consultant on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) consulting team. She worked closely with clients to design research and manage projects that include index building, quantifying qualitative variables, policy analysis, and strategies for investment and growth. EIU flagship projects include the Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion and the Latin America and Caribbean Infrascope project.
Ms. Bandura is an economist with 18 years of experience in international development research, policy analysis, and project management. Before joining EIU, she was an economist at the International Labour Organization’s Washington, D.C. office. And in her previous capacity as a business manager at DAI’s Economic Growth Sector, she managed a $90 million private-sector development portfolio of projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
She has also served as a policy analyst for the UN Development Programme. Earlier in her career, she worked in the banking sector in Argentina. Ms. Bandura holds an M.P.A. in international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in economics from the Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires.