Alan Roe has worked for more than 45 years as an academic economist and as a policy adviser. He has degrees from the Universities of Leeds, Wales and Cambridge. Early in his career he was a research economist at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and then the University of Cambridge (Economic Growth Project) and later a Visiting Professor of Economics at Washington University in the USA. He then taught economics for many years at the University of Warwick where he was also for a period the Chairman of Department. In 1994 he was appointed Principal Economist at the World Bank where he worked for 7 years to design and implement large financial sector reform projects in the economies of the Former Soviet Union. After retiring from the Bank in 2000, he returned part-time to Warwick but also joined Oxford Policy Management (OPM) as Principal Economist and a Board Director. In this capacity he helped to initiate OPM’s involvement in both financial sector reform and development and in natural resources issues. He was the lead author of several studies of the financial sector for the governments of both Kenya and Tanzania with a particular focus of the interactions between different components of the financial system and on the constraints to longer term development finance. He has also authored the Toolkit now employed by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) and their corporate members for analysing the economic and social impacts of large mining projects in low and middle-income economies. Ten country case studies utilising this Toolkit have now been completed – the latest in Brazil and Zambia. He has written extensively in both books, academic journals and for other outlets including the first full-scale statistical analysis of flows of funds in the UK. His publications have also included early papers on interest rate policies in developing economies and on the particular problems of monetary management in Africa.