Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He holds an appointment tenured both in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and in the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and a masters and a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Warwick, Princeton and Columbia.

Ravi Kanbur has served on the senior staff of the World Bank, including as Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank's World Development Report.

He is President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Past-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Chair of the Board of UNU-WIDER, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, past-member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, andpast-member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty. The honors he has received include an Honorary Professorship at the University of Warwick. He delivered the Tenth Singapore Economic Review Distinguished Public Lecture.

Professor Kanbur's main areas of interest are public economics, development economics and economic theory. His work spans conceptual, empirical, and policy analysis. He is particularly interested in bridging the worlds of rigorous analysis and practical policy making. His vita lists over 275 publications, covering topics such as risk taking, inequality, poverty, structural adjustment, labor, urbanization and agriculture. He has published in the leading economics journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Economic Journal.  His latest books are on Development Ideas, the Economics of China, and Ghana's Economy at Sixty.

Ravi Kanbur was born in India and brought up in India and in England. He is married to Margaret Grieco, Emeritus Professor of Transport and Society at Edinburgh Napier University and Senior Associate of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.