George Gray Molina is the chief economist in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York. He is currently working on poverty and inequality research in the region, middle income challenges, and measurement of subjective well-being.

In 2011, Gray Molina launched a new public policy think tank in Bolivia’s Andean region – the Instituto Alternativo – with eleven academic colleagues and development practitioners. The think tank was launched on 3 May in La Paz with a keynote lecture by the distinguished Argentine economist Nora Lustig. The institute is currently focused on three research policy issues: pockets of growth in low-productivity and low-investment economies; low-carbon growth in high-biodiversity regions; and poverty and inequality research intended to track policy trends in Andean countries.

In his home country, he was the coordinator of the Bolivian Human Development Report Office and the lead author for four National Human Development reports, 2004–2008. And from 2002 to 2004, Gray Molina was Director of the Bolivian Ministry of the Presidency’s social and economic think-tank, UDAPE (Unidad de Análisis de Políticas Sociales y Económicas), and Coordinator of the Catholic University’s Public Policy Master’s Programme, MpD from 2000 to 2002.

He is also active in building networks across the Andes. He is a founding member of a new public opinion network, VOX-LACEA; co-editor of the Latin American Report on State Capabilities with the UNDP-Latin America; and has been honored as the youngest member of the Bolivian Academy of Economics. He has also founded an intelligence unit with a group of young Bolivian economists associated with Nueva Economia, a popular economics newspaper.

Gray Molina holds a BA in Anthropology and Economics from Cornell University, an MPP in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in Politics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.