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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.”

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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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