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John W. McArthur

John W. McArthur is an economist and Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation. His work focuses on interrelated issues of economic growth, poverty reduction, sustainability, technological advance, and global collaboration. He is also a Visiting Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow with the Fung Global Institute. He was previously the CEO of Millennium Promise, the leading international non-governmental organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He was also a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Policy Director at the University’s Earth Institute.  

From 2002 to 2006 John served as Manager and Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Project, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s independent advisory body mandated to recommend an action plan for achieving the MDGs. Prior to that he was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where he supported the World Health Organization’s Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report. John currently chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Post-2015 Sustainable Development and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader. He completed a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil in Economics at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; an MPP at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of British Columbia. He grew up in Vancouver and is a Canadian citizen.