Thought leaders

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#1 Bill Gates 
Sharing things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests...
100.0
#2 Justin Sandefur 
Senior Fellow @CGDev | Development economics | Global poverty & inequality | Education | Data & evaluation
77.7
#3 Nancy M. Birdsall 
Founding president Center for Global Development @cgdev. Tweeting mostly on dev issues. Views are my own not necessarily (but probably) ok at @cgdev
77.0
#4 Dina D. Pomeranz 
Development economics prof @econ_uzh, formerly @HarvardHBS | Board member @EvidenceAction | Fellow @CGDev | Faculty affiliate @NBERpubs @JPAL_Global @cepr_org
74.8
#5 David McKenzie 
Development Impact blogger, World Bank researcher focusing on small businesses and migration, All Blacks fan...
69.9
#6 Owen Barder 
Vice President & Europe Director @CGDev. Visiting Prof at LSE. Ex No.10, Treasury & DFID. Likes economics, evidence, ending poverty, feminism, triathlon, tech.
68.1
#7 Charles Kenny 
Senior Fellow Center for Global Development, columnist Businessweek and Foreign Policy, author Getting Better & The Upside of Down
64.3
#8 David Evans 
Development economist tweeting about education, health, social protection, impact evaluation, & African lit. Tukopamoja = We Are Together in Kiswahili
62.6
#9 Shanta Devarajan 
Shanta Devarajan is the Senior Director for Development Economics at the World Bank
61.8
#10 Rachel Glennerster 
I run RCTs, coauthored a practical guide to RCTs, and translate research for policy makers. Tweets are my own.
59.0
#11 Dean Karlan 
Economics Professor, Yale University; President and Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action; co-Founder, stickK; co-Founder, ImpactMatters
78.1
#12 Paul Romer 
Chief Economist, World Bank
55.7
#13 Amanda Glassman 
COO & Senior Fellow @CGDev - global health policy with a focus on financing and economics. Board @PRBdata Tweets are personal views, RT not endorsement.
55.0
#14 Martin Ravallion 
Strives to use ideas, data and analysis to help fight the scourge of global poverty. More at https://t.co/kRwxulPn54
48.4
#15 Duncan Green 
Links/RTs from Oxfam Strategic Adviser. Usual disclaimers. New book (2016): HCH https://t.co/aHfta3ffaM FP2P development blog https://t.co/AL14AaECz9
47.6
#16 Markus Goldstein 
development economist and dad
46.9
#17 Vijaya Ramachandran 
Senior Fellow, @cgdev. Private sector, finance, growth, transparency, Africa. Views are my own.
42.9
#18 Paul Niehaus 
Co-founder @ GiveDirectly, Segovia; Associate Professor @ UCSD.
42.8
#19 Raj Shah 
President of @RockefellerFdn. Fellow @Results4America & @GeorgetownSFS. Former Administrator @USAID. Proud father of 3
60.7
#20 Karthik Muralidharan 
Development Economist at UC San Diego; Focus Areas: Education, Health, Social Protection, Program Evaluation, Public Finance, Service Delivery
46.1
#21 Ruth Levine 
Participant-observer in the development community, impressed by arguments that use facts; all tweets personal views; RTs not endorsement. No longer @ruthlevine.
39.4
#22 Makhtar Diop 
World Bank Vice President #Africa passionate about #economicdevelopment #education, #energy, #sport & opportunity for all.
37.7
#23 Michael Anderson 
Visiting Fellow @CGDev After Brexit, finance, evaluation, global health, climate change. Ex lawyer, ex DFID, ex CIFF. Fan of @CDCgroup @GlobalInnovfund
42.9
#24 Lee Crawfurd 
Research at @EPG_Edu and Econ PhD candidate at @SussexUni
36.6
#25 Tony Addison 
Chief Economist @UNUWIDER, but otherwise human. Tweeting on anything I fancy. Tweets my own. εἰρωνεία alert
35.5
#26 Calestous Juma 
#Science #Technology #Innovation #Development #Africa | Professor @BelferCenter @KennedySchool @Harvard
35.3
#27 Tom Murphy 
Journalist at @thehumanosphere. Investigating the humanitarian/aid/development industry. Craft beer drinker/brewer, coffee snob, and Chelsea FC & NY sports fan
35.1
#28 Jeffrey D. Sachs 
Director of the @CSD_Columbia and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (@unsdsn)
59.8
#29 Michael Clemens 
Fellow @CGDev+@IZA_bonn. My views only. Assoc. Editor @JPopEcon & World Development. Author of @WallsofNations, coming in 2018. YouTube: https://t.co/Xno4FRu1fw
95.3
#30 Andrew Zeitlin 
Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
33.6
#31 Paul Kagame 
President of the Republic of Rwanda, write to: [email protected]
33.6
#32 Todd Moss 
By day, energy & Africa @CGDev @BakerInstitute @fraym_io. Board @IEAGhana. Former @StateDept @WorldBank. Pre-dawn, Ryker diplo-thriller series @PutnamBooks
43.0
#33 Edward Miguel 
Economist; Author; Oxfam Professor of Environmental & Resource Economics, Director of Center for Effective Global Action at University of California, Berkeley
58.9
#34 Matt Collin 
Development economist @WorldBank by day. Eccentric billionaire crime-fighter by night. Calm, collected, ginger. All views my own.
32.4
#35 Dean Yang 
Development economist. Researcher on migration, microfinance, behavioral econ. Prof at @UMichEcon and @FordSchool. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
33.1
#36 Jim Yong Kim 
12th President of the @WorldBank Group. Working to end extreme poverty & boost shared prosperity. Past: @Dartmouth pres, @WHO HIV/AIDS director, @PIH co-founder
32.0
#37 Seth Berkley 
CEO of @Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Medical doctor specializing in infectious disease epidemiology and global health.
31.9
#38 David Roodman 
Senior advisor @open_phil. Wrote #microfinance book Due Diligence in public. Former Senior Fellow @CGDev
53.8
#39 Alix Zwane 
CEO @GlobalInnovFund Evidence, scale, justice. Berkeley, Google, Gates, Evidence Action. YGL. Wife, mom, cook. Bench presses. High heels. Views own.
31.6
#40 Melinda Gates 
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, businesswoman, and mother. Dedicated to helping all people lead healthy, productive lives.
58.3
#41 Karen Grepin 
Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University: #globalhealth #maternalhealth #healtheconomics & the occasional bowl of ramen
31.3
#42 Seema Jayachandran 
Development economist. Tweet mostly about economics + other social science research that catches my fancy.
36.8
#43 Sue Desmond-Hellmann 
CEO of @GatesFoundation, MD, MPH
30.6
#44 Mushfiq Mobarak 
Development Economist at Yale
30.1
#45 Arianna Legovini 
impact evaluation research to mobilize change in development policy--healthy disregard of rules--subversion of status quo
29.8
#46 DFID Research 
Highlights of research, evidence, evaluations, innovation, science and technology funded by the Department for International Development @DFID_UK
29.3
#47 Donald Kaberuka 
7th President, African Development Bank Group (2005-2015).
29.1
#48 Ray Fisman 
Economics professor at BU. Author of Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know https://t.co/lnpCiESBoA
44.1
#49 Helen Clark 
I'm former Prime Minister of #NewZealand & former @UNDP Administrator: passionate about human #development world-wide.
28.4
#50 Pamela Jakiela 
Behavioral development economist @UofMaryland. Lab-in-the-field experiments. Sometime randomista. Over-enthusiastic observer of all things Kenya and UK.
35.5