Håvard Halland is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Global Projects Center, Stanford University. His current research focuses on the role of institutional investor capital and strategic investment funds in blended finance, infrastructure finance, and climate finance.
From 2012 to 2018 he was an economist / senior economist at the World Bank, where he provided advice to governments on the establishment and operations of strategic investment funds and sovereign wealth funds. At the World Bank he was also the lead author or joint author of 3 books on the public economics and management of the extractive industries sector, in the area of infrastructure finance, and of a number of research papers. The books have been published in five languages, and he is currently working on a fourth one, on strategic investment funds. His opinion pieces have appeared on Project Syndicate and in international finance media, and he is a regular presenter at workshops and conferences around the world.
Before joining the World Bank, Håvard was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to the armed conflicts in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In that capacity, he led ICRC support for community infrastructure projects, implemented large-scale humanitarian aid operations, performed medical evacuations from conflict zones, and conducted hostage negotiations and other humanitarian diplomacy vis-à-vis armed groups, based on the Geneva Conventions.
Håvard earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Norwegian, and speaks German at the intermediate level.