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Ben Slay

Ben Slay

Senior Economist, UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC)

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15 January
BEST PRACTICES TO ACHIEVE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS Building 5, Floor 2, Lecture Room 214

Biography

Ben Slay works as senior economist at UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC). Previous UNDP appointments include:

- RBEC senior advisor (2014-2018)

- poverty reduction practice leader for this region (2012-2014)

- senior advisor on sustainable development with the Bureau for Development Policy (2012)

- RBEC’s senior economist (2008-2011)

- director of the Bratislava Regional Centre (2001-2008)

His publications include:

- The Polish Economy: Crisis, Reform, and Transformation (Princeton University Press, 1994)

- The Role of International Financial Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe (co-edited volume, Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, 1995)

- Beyond Transition: Development Perspectives and Dilemmas (co-edited volume, Ashgate Publishers, 2004)

Other work includes service as editor of the M.E. Sharpe journals Problems of Economic Transition (2002-2008) and Russian and East European Finance and Trade (1993-1998).

Before coming to UNDP in 2001, Dr. Slay worked as a senior economist for PlanEcon Inc., a Washington D.C.-based international economics consultancy. He also advised competition offices in Russia, Georgia, and Uzbekistan, and did commercial consulting projects on banking and telecommunications in Poland and Ukraine.

Dr. Slay has held academic positions at a number of universities in the United States, including most recently Georgetown University. He holds doctoral and masters degrees in Economics and Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California.