Rohinton P. Medhora

Rohinton P. Medhora is a CIGI distinguished fellow and an expert in international economic relations, innovation policy, development economics and governance.

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Rohinton P. Medhora is a distinguished fellow and former president of CIGI (2012–2022). He also served on CIGI’s former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. His fields of expertise are international economic relations, innovation policy, development economics and governance.

Rohinton is chair of the board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, vice-chair at the McLuhan Foundation, board member of Partnership for Economic Policy and is on the advisory boards of the WTO Chairs Programme, UNU-MERIT and Global Health Centre. He sits on the Commission on Global Economic Transformation, co-chaired by Nobel economics laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, and previously sat on The Lancet and Financial Times Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030.

Rohinton is a professor of practice at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development where he is a guest lecturer and student mentor; he also lends his expertise to help deepen the Institute’s understanding of digital technologies and innovation strategies. From 2021 to 2022, Rohinton chaired the Ontario Workplace Recovery Advisory Committee.

Rohinton received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. In addition to his Ph.D., Rohinton earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto, where he majored in economics.

He has published extensively in professional and non-technical journals and has produced several books: Finance and Competitiveness in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2001) and Financial Reform in Developing Countries (Macmillan, 1998), which he co-edited with José Fanelli. In 2013, he was co-editor of Canada-Africa Relations: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, which is volume 27 in the influential Canada Among Nations book series. In 2014, he co-edited International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects (Oxford University Press) and Crisis and Reform: Canada and the International Financial System, which is volume 28 in the Canada Among Nations book series.

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Rohinton P. Medhora (CGET Commissioner). 2022. Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Forward: Research Addressing COVID-19 in Africa: Challenges and Leadership in a Context of Global Economic Transformation.

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