Sir Suma Chakrabarti, ODI (Overseas Development Institute)
Sir Suma Chakrabarti
ODI (Overseas Development Institute)

Sir Suma Chakrabarti is a well-known international development and governance expert. Now, he is chair of the British think tank, ODI, and serves as an adviser to the presidents of Kazakstan and Uzbekistan on economic development, effective governance, and international cooperation.

He is also a deputy chair of the Kazakhstan Supreme Council on Reforms and of the Management Council of the Astana International Financial Centre. Until July 2020, Chakrabarti served as the sixth president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He served two full four year terms, having won competitive elections in 2012 and 2016. During the Chakrabarti’s tenure, the membership of EBRD grew significantly to 71 shareholders, including India and China. This period of modernisation resulted in the EBRD achieving record investment and profit levels.

The former civil servant has also an extensive experience in the British public service reforms. He also worked as the permanent secretary at the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Justice.