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Senior Director, Transformation Strategies Department, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CGIAR System Organization

Channing Arndt is the Senior Director for Transformation Strategies, where he oversees four units within IFPRI/CGIAR: Natural Resources and Resilience, Innovation Policy and Scaling, Foresight and Policy Modeling, and Development Strategies and Governance, which houses IFPRI’s regional offices and country programs. He has worked closely with central decision-making organs at national level in Africa and Asia including six years of resident experience in the Ministry of Plan and Finance in Mozambique. He has dedicated his career to the systemic transformations that underpin inclusive and sustainable economic development and established a reputation for building institutional capacity in countries and via research networks such as the African Economic Research Consortium. His recent books include Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa; Measuring Poverty and Wellbeing in Developing Countries; and The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions. He has published research in leading academic journals on a range of topics including agricultural development, poverty measurement, poverty alleviation and growth, market integration, nutrition, gender and discrimination, HIV/AIDS, technological change, trade policy, aid effectiveness, energy, bioenergy, climate variability, and the implications of climate change.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University