Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University and President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association from September 2016 to September 2018.
He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served in the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He has written on International Public Goods and their implications for Aid Agencies. He has published in the leading economics journals, and published several books on development issues, most recently International development: ideas, experience, and prospects in 2014 (Oxford University Press).