John W. McArthur is an economist and optimist focused on interrelated issues of economic growth, technological advance, sustainability, poverty reduction, and global collaboration. He is a Visiting Fellow with the Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow with the United Nations Foundation, and Senior Fellow with the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute. He was previously the CEO of Millennium Promise and prior to that managed the UN Millennium Project, the advisory body to then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He was a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and Policy Director at the University’s Earth Institute. Earlier he was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Development, where he co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report. In 2007-2008 John co-chaired the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, which led to the launch of a new global network of Masters in Development Practice programs. He currently chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development. The Forum has recognized him as a Young Global Leader. John completed a D.Phil. and M.Phil. in Economics at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) at the University of British Columbia. He is a Canadian citizen.