John W. McArthur

Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development

John W McArthur is a senior advisor on sustainable development to the UN Foundation. He is also senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program. His other roles include serving as a board governor of the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian Crown corporation; member of the Global Nutrition Report’s independent expert group; and member of Grand Challenges Canada’s scientific advisory board.

He was formerly CEO of Millennium Promise Alliance and managed the UN Millennium Project, the advisory body to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Previously he co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report; supported the WHO Commission on Macroeconomics and Health; co-chaired the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice; co-founded the global network of Masters in Development Practice degree programs; and chaired Global Agenda Councils for the World Economic Forum. He completed a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil in Economics at Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar); an MPP at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and a BA (Hon) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is a Canadian citizen.

Notable Links:

Counting who gets left behind: Current trends and gaps on the Sustainable Development Goals

Measuring the diffusion of the Millennium Development Goals across major print media and academic outlets