François Bourguignon, a French national, is the Director and founder of the Paris School of Economics. Before founding this school, he served as Senior Vice President for Development Economics and Chief Economist at the World Bank for four years (2003-2007). He contributed to placing economic growth and its relationship with inequalities, and evaluation of the development impact of programs and policies at the center of the World Bank’s research agenda. Prior to this, he was Professor of Economics at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and founded and directed the Département et laboratoire d’Economie Théorique et Appliquée (DELTA), a research unit in theoretical and applied economics. Bourguignon studied at the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique (ENSAE) and the University of Paris VI, where he earned a post-graduate degree in Applied Mathematics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. and the Merrit Brown Award for the best thesis at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a Doctorate in Economics at the University of Orleans in France.