Born in 1970, Gaël Giraud is Jesuit since 2004. Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Research and Knowledge Directorate of the Agence Française de Développement since January 2015, he is specialized in alternative measures of development, general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance and energy issues.

M. Giraud is senior fellow researcher at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES). Within the CODEV research programme, he ran several surveys (Nigeria, Indonesia, India…) devoted to the building of an index measuring the quality of the social bond, viewed as an indicator of the quality of development. He is the coordinator of the Research team “Riskergy » » on Energy resilience and sovereign debt, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Laboratoire d’Excellence” devoted to financial regulation (LabEx ReFi). He was member of the Expert Committee on the National Debate about the Energy Shift for the French government. He holds the chair “Energy and prosperity” supported by Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole polytechnique, ENSAE and Louis Bachelier’s Institute. He is also a member of the European NGO Finance Watch and the Nicolas Hulot Foundation.

A former fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, of ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and of CORE (Center of Operations Research, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), he earned his Ph.D. at the Laboratoire d’Econométrie de l’Ecole Polytechnique of Paris in 1998. In 2009, he was nominated as Best French young economist by Le Monde/Le Cercle des économistes.