David de Ferranti

Dr. David de Ferranti is the Board Chair of Results for Development Institute (R4D), a not-for-profit that works with African, Asian, Latin American, and Eastern European countries to find and apply practical solutions that help reduce poverty. Previously, David served as President and CEO of R4D for ten years.

Before R4D, David headed up the World Bank’s vice-presidency for the social sectors (nutrition, health, education, population, and social safety net and protection programs in developing countries), and subsequently, its vice-presidency for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. de Ferranti has served in the U.S. government and led research at Rand, the think tank. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the United Nations Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

He is Chair of the Board for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, spent ten years on the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, and serves on numerous other boards and international committees.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Yale University, with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude honors.

His recent publications include the book How to Improve Governance: A New Framework for Analysis and Action and The Lancet article “Reforming how health care is paid for in China: challenges and opportunities.”


Board Chair
Results for Development
Washington, DC, USA