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Paul Collier    

Director, Centre of the Study of African Economies, Oxford University

One of the world’s leading experts on developing markets and financial opportunities within the poorest countries. Director for the Centre of the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, Collier is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank, where he previously served as Director of the Development Research Group.

Collier is a particularly important speaker for businesses and organizations concerned with emerging markets, as he effectively demonstrates the value, and the virtue, in combining compassion with wise investment strategies.

Collier regularly writes columns and commentary for such publications as the Independent, New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. His bestselling book, The Bottom Billion has been compared to Jeffrey Sachs’s The End of Poverty in its scope and impact. He is also the author of Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places and The Plundered Planet: Why We Must – and How We Can – Manage Nature for Global Prosperity. His most recent book, Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World, boldly confronts one of the greatest challenges of the century.

He has twice been presented as a TED Speaker, a testimony to his unique importance in the global economy and his skill as a speaker.

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Emerging markets

Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature

Paul effectively demonstrates the value, and the virtue, in combining compassion with wise investment strategies

World's Leading Expert on Global Poverty Solutions

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