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Pedro Conceição is Director of the Human Development Report Office and the lead author of the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Pedro Conceição has been the Director of the Human Development Report Office and the lead author of the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since January 2019. Prior to this, Conceição served as the Director of strategic policy at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (from October 2014) and as the Chief Economist and the head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at the Regional Bureau for Africa (from December 2009). Before that, he was the Director of the Office of Development Studies (ODS) from March 2007 to November 2009 and the Deputy Director of ODS from October 2001 to February 2007. His work on financing for development and on global public goods was published by Oxford University Press in books he co-edited (‘The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges’, 2006; ‘Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization’, 2003). He has published on inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and development in, among other journals, the African Development Review, Review of Development Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Food Policy, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He co-edited several books, including ‘Innovation, Competence Building’, and ‘Social Cohesion in Europe: Towards a Learning Society’ (Edward Elgar, 2002) and ‘Knowledge for Inclusive Development’ (Quorum Books, 2001). Prior to coming to UNDP, he was an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology, and innovation policy. He has degrees in physics from Instituto Superior Técnico and economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with a Fulbright Scholarship.