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Todd Moss

COO & Senior Fellow

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Todd Moss is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Moss also serves as vice president for programs and secretary of the board. In addition to his institutional and fundraising responsibilities, his work focuses on U.S.-Africa relations and financial issues facing sub-Saharan Africa, including policies that affect private investment, debt, and aid. Moss directs the Emerging Africa Project and is currently working on energy in Africa, cash transfers in new oil economies, and new ideas for upgrading US development policy. In the past he led the Center’s work on Nigerian debt, Zimbabwe, the future of the World Bank’s IDA, and the African Development Bank.

Moss served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from May 2007 to October 2008 while on leave from CGD. He originally joined the Center in July 2003 from the World Bank where he served as a consultant and advisor to the Chief Economist in the Africa Region. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the postgraduate Development Studies Institute. Previously, Moss has worked as an Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and was Assistant Director of U.S. Policy Programs at the Overseas Development Council (ODC). Moss is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and the author of numerous articles and books, including Adventure Capitalism: Globalization and the Political Economy of Stock Markets in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors (Lynne Rienner, 2nd ed., 2011).

Moss is also the author of The Golden Hour (Penguin/Putnam, 2014), a thriller about American diplomacy and infighting after a coup in West Africa. The novel’s sequel Minute Zero will be released in 2015.