Our advisory board

On Think Tanks' Advisory Board provides high level intellectual and strategic guidance to the team. Its members are leaders in the world of think tanks, globally and in their own regions. All members of the Advisory Board participate in their personal capacity.

The team

  • Norma Correa

    Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

    Norma is an anthropologist specialising in public policy and development with over 15 years of professional experience in rural and urban research, management and senior management, technical consultancy and university teaching. She is a professor and researcher at the Academic Department of Social Sciences and the School of Government and Public Policy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She has won a number of academic research scholarships and awards at national and international level. Her research interests include: social innovation, economic inclusion, inequalities and gender.

  • Sherine Farouk Ghoneim

    Director of Communications and Policy Outreach at the Economic Research Forum

    Sherine is director of communications and policy outreach at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) and is also currently serving as the ERF acting managing director. Prior to that she was director of the Global Development Network Cairo Office and director of GDNet - a worldwide program supporting research communications from and for the Global South. She holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. degree from The Management School, Imperial College, UK. Her research interests are focused on strategic adoption of digital and disruptive technologies, e-government and development.

  • Ruth Levine

    CEO and Partner of IDinsight

    Ruth is an internationally recognised development economist and expert in global health, education and evaluation. From 2011 to 2019, she has the Hewlett Foundation’s team responsible for grant making to improve living conditions in low- and middle-income countries, and to advance reproductive health and rights in developing countries and in the US. Previously, Ruth was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the US Agency for International Development, where she led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy. Ruth spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, as a senior fellow and vice president for programmes and operations. She helped shape the Center’s approach to reduce global poverty and inequality, conducted independent research and devised new policy solutions. She also designed and evaluated health and education projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. Ruth is the author of scores of books and publications on global health policy, including Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health, and co-wrote the report, When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation. She holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and a doctorate degree in economic demography from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Lawrence MacDonald

    Vice President, World Resources Institute (WRI)

    Lawrence leads the design and implementation of strategic communications plans and activities that help to make the World Resources Institute (WRI)’s big ideas happen. A development policy communications expert and former foreign correspondent, he works to increase the influence and impact of the Institute’s research and analysis by leading an integrated communications programme that includes online engagement, media relations, events, and government and NGO outreach. He is responsible for strengthening communications capacity across the Institute, including in Washington and in the growing international offices. Before joining WRI in October 2014, Lawrence worked for 10 years at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington DC based think-and-do tank, where he was part of a small leadership team that earned the Center an international reputation for turning ideas into action to promote shared global prosperity. Before joining CGD Lawrence worked as a senior communications officer at the World Bank where he provided strategic communications advice to chief economists, coordinated the preparation of research publications, created the World Bank Research web site, and was founding editor of the Bank's Policy Research Report series. Before that he worked for 15 years in East and Southeast Asia as a reporter and editor for The Asian Wall Street Journal, Agence France Presse and Asiaweek Magazine, during which time he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, and Manila.

  • Simon Maxwell (CBE)

    Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

    Simon Maxwell is one of the UK’s leading specialists on international development. He is a development economist with a career in research, aid management and policy advice spanning 45 years. He worked overseas for 10 years, in Kenya and India for UNDP, and for the UK aid programme in Bolivia, then for 15 years at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and for 12 years as director of the Overseas Development Institute in London. He was until recently executive chair of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (www.cdkn.org), and a specialist adviser to the House of Commons International Development Select Committee. He is currently chair of the European Think Tanks Group (www.ettg.eu). Simon is a past president of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for services to international development. For further information see www.simonmaxwell.eu.

  • Jill Rutter

    Senior fellow, Institute for Government and visiting professor, King’s College London

    Jill is a senior research fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe. Previously, she was programme director at the Institute for Government (IfG) directing the organisation’s work on better policy making and Brexit. She is an experienced former senior civil servant, having worked in HM Treasury, the Prime Minister’s Office Number 10 and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK. Her work includes studies on how governments make policy, general civil service issues including minister-civil service relations, governments and sustainable development, and government and business. Jill is co-author of the Institute’s work on making policy better, policy success and innovation in policy processes as well as how to manage relationships with arm’s length bodies.

  • John Schwartz

    Founder and Managing Director, Soapbox

    Having built Soapbox up from a freelance design practice to a thriving communications agency, John divides his time between running the business, checking the quality of its outputs and keeping his hand in as a designer. John began his career in publishing, running Politico’s bookshop and imprint before becoming publishing manager and designer at the Institute for Public Policy Research, where he began developing his approach to policy communications. He studied philosophy and politics at the University of Warwick.

  • Stephen Yeo

    OTT Associate

    Stephen has had extensive involvement in building capacity for policy research and analysis in sub-Saharan Africa, along with experience in monitoring and evaluation, in particular of policy research networks and policy influencing projects.

  • Xufeng Zhu

    Professor, Tsinghua University

    Xufeng Zhu is professor and associate dean at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. His research interests include policy processes, think tank and expert involvement, science and technology policy, environment and climate policy, and public governance in transitional China. He is the author of The Rise of Think Tanks in China, Expert Involvement in Policy Changes, and China's Think Tanks: Their Influences in the Policy Process, and has published over 20 English articles in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration, The China Quarterly, Policy Sciences, Public Management Review, Administration & Society, Asian Survey and other international journals. He serves as regional editor of the Asian Journal of Political Sciences and a member of the editorial board for another six international journals.

The contributors