NEW YORK, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin announced today that Robert M. Buckley is joining the Foundation as a Managing Director. Formerly Lead Economist at The World Bank in Washington, D.C., Buckley, 59, is currently an advisor on urban housing for the institution. He will assume his new position at the Rockefeller Foundation on Jan. 2, 2008. Buckley, who has been with The World Bank since 1986, has led the development of new approaches to understanding the ramifications of rapidly increasing urbanization in the developing world. During his years at the Bank, Buckley had the opportunity to work in countries throughout the world helping to prepare projects and undertaking studies summarized in a recent book, Thirty Years of World Bank Shelter Lending: What Have We Learned. Commenting on Buckley's appointment, Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, said, "Bob Buckley is widely recognized as a leading and creative thinker in housing and urban development. We look forward to having him contribute to the Foundation's initiatives that seek to address the profound global urban demographic shifts that are currently underway." This year, for the first time in history, half of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2030, this proportion is expected to climb to more than 60 percent. Buckley said, "The challenges facing poor and vulnerable people, particularly in urban areas, have never been more complex or more urgent. The Rockefeller Foundation has an impressive record of supporting high-impact solutions to the world's most pressing issues. I'm delighted to be joining the Foundation at this critical juncture." Prior to joining The World Bank, Buckley served as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., and taught at a number of universities such as: the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a Fulbright Scholar and written many articles, as well as a number of books and monographs on urban issues, particularly in developing countries. The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. With assets of more than $3 billion, it is one of the nation's largest private foundations. The Foundation supports work internationally to expand opportunities for poor and vulnerable people and to help ensure that the benefits of globalization are shared more widely. For more information about the Rockefeller Foundation, please visit www.rockfound.org.
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