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Colin Bradford

Colin Bradford is a CIGI senior fellow and a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is project leader of the Brookings-CIGI Global Governance Reform project, and the joint CIGI-Brookings National Perspectives on Global Leadership project. His current research focuses on the G20 agenda and process. Prior to joining CIGI and Brookings, Colin had a long career in the US government, international organizations and academic institutions. A presidential appointee in the Clinton administration from 1994 to 1998, Colin served as chief economist of USAID. From 1990 to 1994, Colin was head of research at the Development Centre of the OECD in Paris. Before that, he was the senior staff member in charge of the international economic outlook work of the World Bank’s Strategic Planning Division. Colin holds a B.A. in history from Yale, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.