Kartik Akileswaran

Ethiopia Manufacturing and Investment Advisor


Kartik Akileswaran advises the Government of Ethiopia on sector strategy development/implementation and investment promotion, with a focus on pharmaceutical manufacturing and other sectors. 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. Their first publication, The Jobs Gap, 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.

He joined the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in 2016, initially to work with the Government of Sierra Leone on enabling environment reforms related to the import and export of goods. Prior to joining the Institute, Kartik worked in various roles in the development sector, related to public sector reform and impact evaluation - most recently with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a bilateral aid agency in the U.S. Government. He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he focused his studies and research on growth strategy/analysis and the intersection between state capability and economic growth.

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