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David Reed

Senior Policy Advisor, Policy

David Reed
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David earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 1970 - and earned his PhD in the field of development economics 29 years later. In between is half a lifetime of exploration, discovery, and conservation achievement. For the last 18 years, David has led WWF's Macroeconomics Program Office, emerging as a published author and global expert on the complex relationships between macroeconomic policies, social structures and the environment in developing countries. He has built working partnerships with a dozen international development agencies and coordinated numerous policy campaigns directed at the IMF, World Bank and other global organizations and governments.

Back in 1970, however, David was a young man from a small town eager to see the world. He started in Peru, helping to reconstruct dams, schools, roads and bridges after a catastrophic earthquake. David moved on to rural development near Lake Titicaca where he focused on education, economic development and healthcare - program areas that would shape his ideas for the next 35 years.

“We want to encourage economic development, but it has to be development that's sustainable and equitable.”


In Pursuit of Prosperity: US Foreign Policy in an Era of Resource Scarcity

In this age of globalization, it is clear that America's prosperity and security depends on that of our political and economic partners. Yet, today we see mounting evidence that our partners' stability is threatened by global environmental change. Increasing pressure on limited resources is disrupting global supply chains, causing social instability, destabilizing regional relations and expanding illegal trade. Policy leaders, security experts and change makers discuss why environmental sustainability must become a central tenet of US foreign policy in order to protect our national security and promote global prosperity.

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Senior Policy Advisor


  • PhD - Development Economics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • MA - Sociology of Developing Countries, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • BA - Political Science, Beloit College

Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty and the environment
  • Trade, rural livelihoods and the environment
  • The Global Environment Facility
  • Governance and natural resource wealth
  • Economic reforms, social equity and environmental sustainability
  • Public-private partnerships and carbon finance

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