David de Ferranti

United States |  President & Founder, Results for Development (R4D)

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David de Ferranti is co-founder, senior adviser, and chair of Results for Development. 

Previously, de Ferranti was the regional vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, where he was responsible for a $25 billion loan portfolio and a staff of 700 in 16 locations. He also headed the World Bank’s work on social sectors (nutrition, health, education, population, and social safety net and protection programs), where he oversaw research, policy work, and financial operations to countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. De Ferranti has led research at Rand and served in the US government, where he was second-in-command of the 2,300 employee federal government agency responsible for the food and nutrition programs for low income households in the US. He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

De Ferranti holds a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University. His recent publications include How to Improve Governance: A New Framework for Analysis and Action and Reforming How Health Care is Paid for in China: Challenges and Opportunities.


De Ferranti joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2005. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Dialogue’s Board of Directors.