Hans Peter Lankes

  • Visiting Professor in Practice
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


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Hans Peter Lankes is an IGC Senior Fellow for the State Fragility initiative. 

Hans Peter Lankes is an IGC Senior Fellow, working with the State Fragility initiative, and Visiting Professor in Practice at the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this, Dr. Lankes was the Vice President, Economics, and Private Sector Development at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). His responsibilities included ensuring that IFC supports projects that are focused on development impact, delivers on ambitious climate and gender goals through its investments and advisory, designs strategies grounded in economic diagnostics, considers macroeconomic and market conditions when investing and managing its portfolio, deploys blended finance where appropriate to address climate and poverty, and develops thought leadership on the role of the private sector in development.

Dr. Lankes has more than 30 years of experience in development finance and economics, including senior roles at the IFC, EBRD and IMF, as well as in academia, the private sector and government advisory (in Africa, South-East Asia and Central America). He received his PhD from Harvard University, and degrees from Harvard Kennedy School, University of Freiburg and Université de Grenoble. His main research interests include: Climate finance, the intersection of climate and development, impact investing and impact measurement, and the role of the private sector in economic development.