He worked at the World Bank from 1984-2013, followed by two years at GLG Man, a hedge fund in London. His expertise includes growth policy, sovereign debt and economic transition. He lived in Poland from 1990-3 and in Russia during its 1998 crisis and aftermath. He has worked on a wide range of economic topics in Sub-Saharan Africa, most recently on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. He served as Adviser to the Managing Director for Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and South Asia during the global financial crisis of 2008-9. His eventual position at the Bank was Senior Adviser. At GLG, he was chief economist for emerging markets.
Brian holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as well as degrees from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Loyola College, Madras University, India. His publications have appeared in the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, the Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, The Review of Economic Studies and other professional journals. His second book, How Does My Country Grow? Economic Advice Through Story-Telling, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.