Steve Radelet is a distinguished professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he specializes in economic growth of developing countries, poverty reduction, foreign aid, debt, and trade. He also serves as an economic advisor to the president of Liberia and the president of Malawi.
Radelet has had extensive experience developing foreign policy in the U.S. government; as an advisor to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher, and writer. He served as the chief economist at USAID during 2011 to 2012, and was senior advisor for development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary for Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the Department of the Treasury. He has also served as a resident advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia, as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Trade in The Gambia, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa.
Radelet was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and was a fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development, where he lectured on economics and public policy.
Radelet is the author or coauthor of several books and dozens of academic articles, including Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way and Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker's Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account. He holds a PhD and master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University.