Raj Desai

Visiting Fellow,
Wolfensohn Center for Development

Dr. Raj Desai is currently visiting fellow in the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is also an Associate Professor of International Development at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he has taught for the past seven years. At the Wolfensohn Center, his work examines how antipoverty programs can be successfully implemented, scaled up, and sustained to solve key development challenges at the national, regional and global level. Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Dr. Desai was a private sector development specialist at the World Bank, where he worked on the privatization and restructuring of public enterprises in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the recovery of financial systems following economic crises in Asia and Latin America. Dr. Desai has taught at Harvard University and Charles University in Prague and is an author of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone, as well as numerous articles on economic reform, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation in the developing world. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and other international organizations. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council and from the National Science Foundation. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.