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Executive Team
Lawrence Chickering has worked for more than 30 years on designing and implementing reforms of government institutions and policies to empower disadvantaged people. EGG is the third policy institute he has either founded or co-founded.

In the mid-1980s, he founded the International Center for Economic Growth (ICEG), which promotes reform through affiliates in 117 countries. In the early 1990s he advised the Soviet planning agency Gosplan on a strategy for economic reform, and he worked in Egypt to increase the voice of Egyptian economists in the national debate on economic reform.

Lawrence has been associated with international organizations like Freedom House, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council for International Policy, and Search for Common Ground.Lawrence has a long-time interest in conflict resolution and his 1993 book Beyond Left and Right is perhaps the leading philosophical call for a new U.S. political debate.

His experience in reframing issues to broaden political support is crucial for EGG, promoting an issue that is controversial in some places. EGG started as a program of ICEG but is now independent.

He is currently working on two new books: one presenting a strategy for promoting girl's education, and a second, co-authored book on citizens and foreign policy. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institutions.


Barbara Herz has worked on girls’ education in the developing world for over 20 years. In the 1970s she headed the USAID division responsible for policy in education, health and population.

She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference for Women in Copenhagen in 1970. From 1981 to 1999 she worked at the World Bank, where she launched the Women in Development division and then headed another division covering education, health and population in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

She later served as senior adviser for the social sectors to Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and is now an economic consultant living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 2004 she authored University Level Education for Women in the Developing World: Questions for Public Policy and co-authored a Report for the Council on Foreign Relations, What Works in Girls ’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World. Herz has a PhD in economics from Yale University.


Anjula Tyagi has worked for more than twenty years in civil society development with special focus on designing and implementing programs reforming government schools.

In 2001, she designed and implemented organization's first empowerment model to promote education for girls and general education reform in government primary schools. She is currently developing a program for reforming government secondary schools to address very specific issues in health, employability, gender inequality and achievement gap.

She was Ford Foundation Fellow and research associate with NUEPA, ICRW, PLAN and World Food Program. Anjula has Master's in Science and in International Education Policy from Harvard University.

A. Lawrence Chickering
Founder and President

Barbara Herz







Anjula Tyagi
Executive Director

Robert Kiernan is President of Advanced Portfolio Management, and a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has held senior positions at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers, and before that he held several foreign policy positions in the executive branch of the US government.
Robert E. Kiernan III