Ben Slay

Poverty Reduction Practice Leader

Based in: Regional Service Centre for Europe and the CIS

From: USA

Studied at: Indiana University and the University of California

Languages: English, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak


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Hi, I'm Ben Slay, and I’m leading UNDP's work to reduce poverty in the region.


My main areas of expertise:


  1. 1.  Economics of transition
  2. 2.  International economics
  3. 3.  Macroeconomic policies
  4. 4.  Energy and environmental economics
  5. 5.  Sustainable development


I have 25 years of experience in economics and policy analysis, policy and programming for sustainable development, research and teaching, and UNDP strategic, programme, project management.



My work


Together with my team, I support UNDP senior management, country offices, United Nations country teams, and national partners in Europe and Central Asia in the areas mentioned above.


I have worked in the private and public sector, and academia, including at PlanEcon Inc. (now part of Global Insight), and teaching economics at a number of American universities and colleges.



Some achievements


  • 2012 Served as senior advisor for sustainable development to UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy, in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)


  • 2001 - 2012 Advising government ministers/officials, and UNDP senior management, on key economic development and transition issues.


  • 2008 - 2011 Created the senior economist’s office in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS


  • 2008 - 2011 Served as executive editor of the UNDP Development and Transition research bulletin.


  • 2001 - 2008 Served as director of UNDP’s Bratislava Regional Centre. During this time, the Centre's staffing tripled and its programming increased nearly ten-fold.



For more details, you are welcome to see my CV (pdf), or to contact me directly:


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