Kartik Akileswaran

Advisor, Ethiopia Manufacturing and Investment, TBI


Kartik Akileswaran is an adviser in the Governance team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He advises the Government of Ethiopia on economic planning, sector strategy development and investment promotion. He is also the deputy lead for the Institute’s Inclusive Growth and Private-Sector Development Practice.

The practice supports governments to roll out their own visions of inclusive growth. Its first publication, The Jobs Gap: Making Inclusive Growth Work in Africa, explains how governments and their partners can avoid the shortfall of 50 million jobs that Africa is projected to face by 2040, arguing that they should adopt politically smart market-based sector development so that Africa can continue its ascent.

Kartik joined the Institute in 2016, initially to work with the Government of Sierra Leone on enabling environment reforms related to the import and export of goods. Before that, he worked in various roles in the development sector, related to public-sector reform and impact evaluation, most recently with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a bilateral aid agency in the US Government. He holds a master in public administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he focused his studies and research on growth strategy and analysis and the intersection between state capability and economic growth.