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Shahrokh Fardoust

Research Faculty, Global Research Institute



Shahrokh Fardoust is a research professor at W&M's Global Research Institute. He has more than 30 years’ experience in crafting economic development policy, analyzing the global economy and prospects, and evaluating development effectiveness of foreign aid. From 2008 to 2011, he was Director of Strategy and Operations, Development Economics, the World Bank, where he contributed to the research and policy priorities of the Chief Economist, the G20’s development agenda, and the quality assurance of the World Bank’s major policy papers and flagship reports.

His previous senior positions at the World Bank included Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group, and Senior Economic Adviser to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. Dr. Fardoust also served in various technical and operational positions at the World Bank. He was a member of the core team for the World Development Report, a senior economist for Egypt, a lead economist for Pakistan, and an economic advisor on India, where he lead a team of experts responsible for economic policy dialogue and reforms in the states of India.  

Before joining the Bank, he was a senior economist at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, a visiting lecturer in economics at the Wharton School, and a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the economics department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led Project LINK’s work on medium- and long-term global economic scenarios.

Dr. Fardoust obtained his MA and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international trade and finance and econometrics. He is a co-editor of and contributor to Post Crisis Growth and Development: A Development Agenda for the G20 (World Bank, 2011); and Towards a Better Global Economy: Policy Implications for Global Citizens Worldwide in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2016 paperback edition).

He is also a member of the SovereigNET Advisory Council at the Fletcher School at Tufts University; a member of the Expert Advisers group for the European Investment Bank-Global Development Network project on Applied Development Finance; a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC; and a member of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s, Economic Advisory Council.