Daniel F. Runde is senior vice president and director of the Project on Prosperity and Development, and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A global thought leader and change agent, his work centers on leveraging American soft power and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a more free and prosperous world. Runde has been recognized for influencing the debate on United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Department relations, as an architect of the BUILD Act, and led the debate surrounding the role and future of the World Bank Group. Runde has also influenced thinking about United States (U.S.) economic engagement with Africa, of which he is in favor of much more, and domestic resource mobilization. Runde has provided advice to the U.S., Korean, Japanese, Canadian and Danish governments, as well as the United Nations and World Bank. Runde holds the Officer’s Cross in the Order of Isabel la Catolica, a Spanish Civil Order.
Previously, Runde held senior leadership roles at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group. From 2005-07, he was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances (GDA) at USAID, and he led the GDA partnership initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds and advice to establish and strengthen public-private partnerships. His efforts at USAID leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance.
Earlier in his career, Runde worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his career with Alex, Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland. Runde is the chairman of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and serves on the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Council and the Ashesi University Foundation, a private university located in Accra, Ghana. Runde is a regular contributor to The Hill and hosts a podcast series, Building the Future with Dan Runde: Freedom, Prosperity, & Foreign Policy. Runde received a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Dartmouth College.