Francois Bourguignon has been named President of LIS Board
We are pleased to announce that François Bourguignon has been named President of the Board of LIS: Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
François Bourguignon, a French economist, is a scholar of income distribution, inequality and poverty, redistribution, and economic development. He is a former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2007), professor and former director at the Paris School of Economics, and former professor at the ‘Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Politiques’. He has held a number of advisory positions and is the recipient of several honors, most recently the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, France (2010), the Médaille d’honneur de la Santé et des Affaires Sociales, France (2012), and the Juan Luis Londono Prize, Lacea, Bogota-Colombia (2012).
François collaborated with Tony Atkinson on many projects, most notably as co-editor of the Handbook of Income Distribution (2000, 2015). Tony was President from 1 January 2012 until his untimely death on 1 January 2017. As we mourn Tony’s absence, we feel immensely grateful that he was able to oversee François’ selection at last summer’s LIS Board Meeting.
François takes up the post today, 16 January, six months earlier than anticipated. He has large shoes to fill, but we are extremely pleased to have him at LIS’ helm and look forward to his guidance and contributions.