Dennis de Tray


Dennis de Tray's interests include institution and capacity building in fragile states, and unconventional aid and development assistance delivered through non-ODA channels. He has worked most recently with the U.S. Department of Defense on the governance and development aspects of counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan and with the Government of Kazakhstan to create a world-class English language teaching and research university in Astana.

Dr. de Tray began working on development issues at the RAND Corporation, a U.S.-based think tank. After 12 years with RAND, he joined the World Bank to take over management of the Bank’s Living Standard Measurement Survey. Following the successful launch of LSMS, he became the Bank’s Research Administrator, overseeing its centrally funded research. In 1992 he moved from research to the Bank’s operations complex, and, in 1997, became the first decentralized country director for Indonesia. Dr. de Tray has worked and lived in a number of developing countries, including Pakistan; Indonesia; Vietnam, as the IMF Senior Representative; and in Kazakhstan as the World Bank’s country director for the five Central Asian Republics. After 23 years at the Bank, 12 of them in the field, he joined the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based think tank, as the Center’s first Vice President.

His recent and ongoing projects include work on Southern Africa and with the governments of Kazakhstan and Timor-Leste on strategic planning.


  • PhD, Economics, University of Chicago


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Board Member and Advisor to the President, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Board Member, National Analytical Center, Kazakhstan
  • Chairman, International Advisory Committee, National Center for Scientific and Technical Evaluation
  • Board Member, D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Thinking Group, Aga Khan University Graduate School of Management
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