Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business, George Washington University


Danny LeipzigerDanny Leipziger is currently Professor of the Practice of International Business at GW, where he teaches macroeconomics for MBAs, doing business in developing countries, and an international consultancy on Korea. He served as the Vice Chair of the Commission on Growth and Development and is a well known author and commentator on international economic matters. His most recent books include Stuck in the Middle (Brookings) and Globalization and Growth (Growth Commission).
As the World Bank’s Vice President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network during 2004-2009, he led a network of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, lending, and analytic work for the client countries. In this capacity, he provided strategic leadership and direction to World Bank efforts in the areas of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance. He was heavily involved in positioning the Bank on major economic policy issues and in managing the Bank’s overall interactions with key partner institutions – including the IMF, OECD, WTO and the European Union.  He worked closely with Regional Vice Presidents on leading edge and cross-country economic matters and was in charge of Bank relations with the G7/G20.
Other World Bank assignments included Director for Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure in the Latin America and Caribbean Region and managerial assignments at the World Bank Institute and in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the Bank.
Career highlights include leading the Bank’s first ($3 billion) economic recovery loan for Korea in 1997, managing the program of bank restructuring in Argentina in the post-Tequila financial crisis in 1995, and opening the economic dialogue with Vietnam in 1989-1990. Served as the first Chairman of the Sanctions Board (2007-2009).
Previous assignments: Dr. Leipziger previously served in the Economic Bureau of the U.S. Department of State and on its Policy Planning Staff, where he was an economic advisor to the Secretary of State, as well as in USAID.   Dr. Leipziger was Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of International Economics and Finance, Brandeis University (2001-2004).
Education: Dr. Leipziger, a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University, has written extensively on development economics and finance. He has lectured widely on industrial policy, financial crisis management, and development experience.
Publications: He has authored several books on Korea and East Asia, including Lessons from East Asia (University of Michigan, 1997), Preventing Banking Crises (1998), Korea: Transition to Maturity (1988), and Chile: Policy Lessons (1999). He has published more than 30 articles in economic journals and spoken often to various audiences on development policy and global economic issues.  Recent published work has dealt with the New Economic Powers, Privatization of Infrastructure Services, Moral Hazard Behavior in International Lending, and the Role of Infrastructure in Achieving the MDGs. He has published opinion pieces in the FT and Le Monde, and has appeared on BBC, Bloomberg, and CNN.
Language: He speaks English and is fluent in Spanish and German.