Pierre Jacquet

Pierre Jacquet has assumed charge as the fourth President of the Global Development Network (GDN) on 16 July, 2012. In the coming months, Professor Jacquet intends to build on the model developed by former President Dr. Gerardo della Paolera. Over time, he is keen on strengthening the key aspects of GDN’s mission – that of fortifying research capacity and providing the value-added of an effective network to young researchers in developing countries and transition economies.

Well-known as the Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) since 2002, Professor Jacquet also served as the Executive Director in charge of strategy from 2002 to 2010, at a time when AFD went through profound change and significantly increased both the volume of its operations and its presence in the French and international debates on development.

Preceding AFD, he was Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (IFRI), where he was responsible for the economic program and was Chief Editor of IFRI's quarterly review Politique Etrangère.

Professor Jacquet’s career has developed around three complementary pillars: management in a public policy context, teaching and taking an active part in the public debate through addressing various audiences, and conducting policy-oriented research on international issues. As AFD’s Chief Economist, he was the organization’s spokesperson on economic issues and participated in many international conferences, seminars and working groups as a speaker.

Professor Jacquet’s long and diverse teaching experience commenced in the mid-1980s. He was from September, 1994 until July, 2012 President of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and Professor of International Economics at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a renowned French graduate engineering school. He has also lectured in various business schools and universities such as INSEAD, Sciences-Po, the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and Ecole nationale d’ Administration (ENA).

His major research interests are in international relations and issues, international economics, collective action and policymaking, development, the provision of global public goods, trade and finance, and sustainable development. He has addressed these topics through numerous articles and press columns, both academic and in the media.

Apart from his scholastic experience, Professor Jacquet brings with him vast management and think tank experience. He conceived and coordinated international economic programs at IFRI, where he engaged in active networking between international academia and decision-makers and took part in many international events. He was also a member of AFD’s executive committee and contributed to mainstreaming results-based management in its corporate culture.

Beyond his main activities, he also received a mission from the President of the French Republic to make proposals for the G20 to help developing countries better respond to food price volatility, which he conducted from February to October, 2011. Professor Jacquet is a former (elected) Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Poverty Reduction subsidiary body (POVNET) on pro-poor growth, where he presided over work programs focusing on agriculture, infrastructure, the role of the private sector, social policies and employment.

Professor Jacquet is involved with a number of pre-eminent government and private institutions and organizations in various capacities. He is a member of the Cercle des Economistes, a group of 30 French economists that organizes a major international event every year with the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence and maintains a systematic presence in the public debate through press columns and daily interventions on a French radio channel, Radio Classique. He is also a member of the Economic Council for Sustainable Development, an advisory council within the French Ministry for Environment. From 1997 to 2006, he was a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique, the French Prime Minister’s advisory council on economic matters.

A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (1978) and Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1981), Professor Jacquet is a member of the higher civil service Corps des Ponts et Chaussées. While at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), he attended economics and political science courses (graduate level) at both Harvard and MIT (1981-1983).

A Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur distinction holder, Professor Jacquet has over 80 publications and more than 200 press columns to his credit that focus on international economy, trade, economic policy, development and the governance of globalization. He writes a monthly column for the Le Monde de l’Economie and has co-authored the textbook Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010). He also co-founded and co-edited with Laurence Tubiana, of the French Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI) and Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri of The Energy Research Institute (TERI, based in New Delhi), a yearly book on sustainable development. This book has been published in French by Les Presses de Sciences-Po (2007-2010), and, since 2011, by Armand Colin (2011-2012) under the title Regards sur la Terre, and in English by TERI Press under the title A Planet for Life.

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In the News

GDN President Pierre Jacquet talks about 'GDN's Approach on Building Research Capacity in International Development' on the occasion of his visit to the JICA Research Institute. JICA-RI is a hub institution of GDN-Japan, one of the GDN's 11 regional network partners.

Reinventing foreign aid: send us your views by Pierre Jacquet, Effective Development Co-operation Blog 

A distribution network puts food on the plate by Pierre Jacquet, published in the Hindustan Times in March, 2014 


Aix-en-Provence Conference; 5-7 July 2013
GDN President Pierre Jacquet chaired the session on "the Clash of Times: the World Economy between Emergencies and the Long Term" at the Aix-en-Provence Conference. Watch live-streaming

ADB 46th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors; 2-5 May 2013

Pierre Jacquet participated in two panel discussions at the ADB Annual Meeting in Delhi. These were: the ADB - WWF-India panel on ‘Can the Finance Sector lead the transition towards sustainable development?’ held on 2 May and 'Delivering Effective Public Services' held on 4 May. Read more

OECD Global Forum on Development; 4-5 April 2013
Know more about the Global Forum on Development. Read Pierre Jacquet's discourse at the session.

Competition Reforms in Key Markets for Enhancing Social and Economic Welfare in Developing Countries (CREW Project) Inception Meeting; 13-14 March 2013
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12th Annual SANEI Conference on ‘South Asia: Sustaining Growth in the Face of the Global Economic Turmoil’; 11-12 December 2012

2012 Bogotá Summit on ‘Cities and Climate Change’; 19 November 2012

GDN-OECD Development Centre Joint Policy Dialogue; 15 October 2012
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Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank 2012; 11 October 2012
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4th ICRIER G-20 Conference; 7-9 October 2012
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Les rencontres économiques d’Aix-en-Provence 2012 organized by the Cercle des Economistes; 6-8 July 2012
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XXVIIIth Development Days of the ATM (Association for the Third World) Network hosted by the University of Orléans (France); 11-13 June 2012
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Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting; 1-5 May 2012
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Recent Publications

Edited by Rabah Arezki, Catherine A. Pattillo,
Marc Quintyn, and Min Zhu
Chapter by Pierre Jacquet:
'Food Price Volatility: An International Policy Challenge'

Under the French Presidency in 2011, the G-20 elevated food price volatility and food security as priorities. The chapter discusses the role of international cooperation on food security from a policy and political economy perspective, reviews facts and controversies, and ends with the political economy need for policy responses. Know more

(Pouvoirs n°142, Septembre 2012 - Les Etats sous la contrainte économique -
By Pierre Jacquet
The 2007-2009 crisis, followed by the debt crisis of the euro zone, has amplified the already initiated shift of the center of gravity of the world’s economy toward large emerging countries. The article explores the challenges faced by these emerging countries amidst this transformation. Read more

(No. 107, September 2012)
Introduction by Jean-Joseph Boillot and Pierre Jacquet
With the implementation of liberal economic policies in the 1990s, India has become one of the actors of globalization and a major emerging country. The Journal provides the reader with a comprehensive status of the current Indian financial system. Read more

By Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Benoît Coeuré, Pierre Jacquet, and Jean Pisani-Ferry
Drawing from facts and theories, the authors join together for the first time in one volume the fundamentals of macro-economics with analysis of current debates in economic policy. They take the point of view of a policymaker who must intervene in one particular aspect of policy, and thus put readers at the cutting edge of the main issues, debates and challenges related to each policy aspect. Click here for further details