IfAD Public Talk Series

Our speakers are leading national and international experts and policymakers who talk about the economic and development issues, challenges, and opportunities of our time. The talks are open to general audience, and all are encouraged to attend.


Speaker:Mark Sundberg, Chief Economist and Vice President Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
Time:12:30-2:00 PM (AZ), 14 May 2021

Bio: Dr. Sundberg is the MCC’s Chief Economist and Deputy Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation. He is responsible for the quality of MCC’s economic work and manages the division responsible economic analysis of growth, poverty impact, and project cost-benefit analysis in MCC compact and threshold program countries. Prior to joining MCC, he was Manager for the Economic Management and Country Evaluation work of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group responsible for thematic, sector and project work macro-fiscal management, poverty, governance, and evaluation of country programs. He was also in the World Bank research department (leading author, 2006 and 2007 Global Monitoring Reports), and operations economist (India, Pakistan, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Ghana, Russia, and Turkey).

During 1996-98 he was regional Chief Economist, Emerging Markets, for Salomon Brothers/Citibank in Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and BA in Economics and East Asian studies from Yale University.


The MCC is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, MCC has changed the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results. MCC provides time-limited grants promoting economic growth, reducing poverty, and strengthening institutions. These investments not only support stability and prosperity in partner countries but also enhance American interests.

MCC forms partnerships with developing countries who are committed to good governance, economic freedom and investing in their citizens. MCC grants are designed to complement other U.S. and international development programs, as well as create an enabling environment for private sector investment.

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