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Richard Williams

Economic Policy Programme director

Economic Policy Programme director

Rich Williams is the Director of our Economic Policy Programme, responsible for our work supporting low and middle-income countries’ pursuit of inclusive and resilient economic development.

He is a development economist with specific expertise in natural resource governance, financial inclusion, market development, and impact evaluation. Rich has worked extensively with governments on public sector reform through managing economic development projects, and has been an adviser for extended periods in west Africa and the south Pacific. He was recently an embedded adviser supporting Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola recovery efforts.

Rich has worked within the Solomon Islands Government and the EU, and has experience working in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, the UK, and Zambia.

His current work includes a multi-year programme to improve governance and revenue collection in the Nigerian petroleum sector, and a research programme to explore the links between energy and economic growth.

Rich holds a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute. He has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Economic History from the University of York.