Shahrokh Fardoust

Research Professor


Shahrokh Fardoust is a research professor at the Institute of the Theory & Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary. He has more than 30 years’ experience in crafting economic development policy and analyzing the global economy and prospects. 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 review and quality assurance of the World Bank’s major policy papers and analytical 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 led a team of experts responsible for economic policy dialogue and reforms at the national and subnational levels.

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 has a BA in honors in mathematics and mathematical economics, and obtained his MA and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international trade and finance and econometrics.

He has authored numerous papers and reports on development policy, economic analysis, and long-term forecasting; subnational fiscal policy; aid effectiveness; and sovereign wealth funds’ investments in infrastructure. 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). He is also the president of International Economic Consultants, LLC and a member of the SovereigNET Advisory Council at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.