Justin Yifu Lin

Justin Yifu Lin is Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Dean of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development at Peking University. He is also Councilor of the State Council and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industries and Commerce. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, from 2008-2012. Prior to joining the Bank, Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University and is the author of 24 books including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession, The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, Benti and Changwu: Dialogues on Methodology in Economics, and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability. He served on several national and international committees, leading groups, and councils on development policy, technology, and environment including: the Eminent Persons Council of the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Steering Committee, the UN Millennium Task Force on Hunger, the Eminent Persons Group of the Asian Development Bank, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System, the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of British Columbia, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Open University of Hong Kong and Macao University of Science and Technology. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.