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Molly Elgin-Cossart

Senior Fellow

Expertise: International development, United Nations, international economics, rising powers

Molly Elgin-Cossart is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where she works on issues involving foreign policy, international development, and global conflict. She is a nonresident fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.

Previously, she was a senior fellow on global development at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. She was chief of staff to the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, an international panel appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on the future global-development agenda. Before that, she was chief of staff at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. She has written on the “data revolution” for development, political settlements, economic development, and the effects of military, economic, and political interventions on civilian security. She has spoken on the post-2015 development agenda at civil-society, academic, and government gatherings around the world.

She received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University and her master’s degree from Stanford University, where she was a teaching assistant with the Introductory Economics Center and a research assistant for the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.