Dharam Ghai (1936- ) joined
the UN in 1973, initially with the ILO World Employment
Programme. He retired as director of the UN Research Institute
for Social Development (1987-97) and became an advisor to
ILO and to the International Institute of Labour Studies.
In 1969 he was a senior economist on the staff of the Pearson
Commission on International Development, prior to which
he had been a lecturer in economics at Makerere University
in Uganda (1961-65) and Yale University (1965-66) and research
professor and then director of Nairobi’s Institute
for Development Studies (1967-74). He has served as consultant
to UNCTAD, UNIDO, IFAD, FAO, and various governments. He
was born in Kenya and educated at Oxford and Yale Universities.
His latest publications include Building Knowledge Organisations:
Achieving Excellence; Social Development and Public
Policies; Economic and Social Progress in Africa;
and UN Contributions to Development Thinking and Practice.