Research and Policy
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development, United Nations Foundation
John W. McArthur is a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution. He is also a Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation and a Board Governor of the International Development Research Centre. He has previously served as CEO of Millennium Promise, the international non-governmental organization; a Senior Fellow at the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute; a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs; and Policy Director at the Earth Institute. From 2002 to 2006 John served as Manager and then Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Project, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s independent advisory body mandated to recommend an action plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. 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 co-chaired the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice and co-founded the global network of Masters in Development Practice degree programs. He has chaired two Global Agenda Councils for the World Economic Forum and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader.