Wayne Thirsk, Visiting Research Professor of Economics, International Studies Program, Ph.D., Yale University.
Wayne Thirsk has been a visiting research professor with ISP since July 2006. Dr. Thirsk is a public finance economist with extensive practical and academic experience; he has worked in 23 developing countries on a wide variety of public finance issues.
Prior to his stay with the Andrew Young School, Dr. Thirsk was a tax policy advisor to the Zambia Ministry of Finance. From 1996-2002, he worked as an intergovernmental fiscal advisor with the USAID fiscal reform project in Ukraine, working closely with officials of the Department of Finance and members of the Ukrainian Parliament to draft legislation for a new Budget Code. Thirsk spent 1996 in Egypt as Director of the USAID funded corporate tax reform project and produced a blueprint for needed reform in this area. Dr. Thirsk previously worked as the chief of party for the USAID fiscal reform project in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, where he successfully supervised the activities of four expatriate policy advisors and a local staff of five assistants and established a close and effective working relationship with budgetary officials in the Ministry of Finance and tax officers working in the State Tax Administration.