Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Vijaya Ramachandran

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Vijaya Ramachandran is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on food security, fragile states, private-sector development and the governance of multilateral institutions. Ramachandran's research is currently focused on new mechanisms for financing food assistance. Her work on identifying the constraints to doing business in Africa was published as a book, Africa's Private Sector: What's Wrong with the Private Sector and What to Do About It. Previously, Ramachandran taught at Georgetown University and worked at the World Bank and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She also served as rapporteur to the Africa Progress Panel in 2008. Ramachandran's work has appeared in such media outlets as The Washington Post, Voice of America and the Huffington Post. She received her Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University.


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