W. Gyude Moore

Part-time Lecturer


W. Gyude Moore is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy where he teaches a course on infrastructure as a tool of statecraft, and how it is leveraged in international development. Moore previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team monitored progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment Program of Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power, port infrastructure, and social programs in Liberia after the civil war.

Mr. Moore is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a DC-and-London based think tank. Mr. Moore’s research interests and policy analysis focus on governance, the financing of infrastructure, and Africa’s response to the changing landscape of external actors. His focus tracks the policies of traditional, aspiring, and emerging actors on the continent, especially the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa. Mr. Moore provides expert analysis and is frequently quoted in print, on radio, and on television. He has appeared on Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, PBS News Hour and other flagship news programs. His writing has been published in newspapers and magazines. He was selected one of the World’s Top 50 thinkers by Prospect Magazine in 2021. Mr. Moore is a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. He currently serves as co-chair of  the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University and on the Board of Directors of Management Sciences for Health and the Charter Cities Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Berea College and a Master’s degree in Foreign Policy and International Security from Georgetown University.