John McArthur / @mcarthur

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution & Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation
John W McArthur is an economist and optimist focused on interrelated issues of economic growth, sustainability, technological advance, poverty reduction, and global collaboration. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute. 

From 2002-06 he served as the Manager and then Deputy Director of the United Nations Millennium Project, the advisory body to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He was subsequently the CEO of Millennium Promise, the international non-governmental organization. He was also a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Policy Director at the University’s Earth Institute. Prior to that he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, where he supported the WHO Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report. 

In 2007-08 he co-chaired the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development and serves as a member of its Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness. In 2009 the Forum recognized him as a Young Global Leader. John’s research and writing has focused on how factors like agriculture, health, geography, institutions, technology, and public finance link to economic growth and development. He completed a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil in Economics at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which he attended with the support of a Mackenzie King Scholarship; and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of British Columbia, where he spent most of his time in swimming pools and was named one of Canada’s Top 10 Academic All-Canadian student-athletes.

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