- Richard Carey is a former OECD Director of Development Cooperation (2007-2010), supporting the role of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) across the range of its work on aid effectiveness, aid for trade, statistics, and peer reviews. Active in international development he contributed to the international development targets concept and its translation into the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and worked closely with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on mutual accountability in development.
- He was a founding co-Chair of the China-DAC Study Group, established in 2009 in partnership with the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC). He has been a Trustee of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University and a member of its Advisory Council on Rising Powers in Development; a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Fragile States; and has served on the Evaluation Committee of the Canadian aid programme and as Chairs of the International Advisory Committee of the China International Development Research Committee (CIDRN).
- Currently, Richard Carey is a Senior Fellow of the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) and is a member of the DAC History Project which published a history of the Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation. He holds an MScEcon from the London School of Economics and an advanced degree in economics and an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University of Wellington. He began his career in the New Zealand Treasury.