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Professor Philip O'Keefe

BA (Hons.) and LLB (University of Sydney); MSc (Oxford University); LLM (London School of Economics)

Primary affiliation: Professor of Practice, UNSW Business School, Sydney; Director of the Ageing Asia Research Hub, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

Philip (Pip) O'Keefe is Professor of Practice and Director of the Ageing Asia Research Hub at CEPAR. Prior to joining CEPAR, Philip worked from 1993-2021 at the World Bank, based in Washington D.C., Beijing, New Delhi, Sydney and Budapest. He worked in East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions, most recently as Practice Manager for Social Protection and Jobs for EAP region. During his World Bank career, he was regional Lead Human Development Economist for EAP, Lead Economist in EAP and SAR, and a founding member of the Global Expert Team on Social Assistance. He was lead author and core team member on numerous flagship World Bank publications, including the EAP Regional Ageing report, China 2030 (co-authored with the Development Research Centre of the State Council of China), a forthcoming flagship on Social Protection in Asia Pacific, and Protecting All, a global strategy on the future of social protection systems in a changing world of work. He also led policy dialogue with governments and managed budget support and investment lending operations across Asia and ECA regions.

Prior to joining the World Bank, he was Lecturer at the University of Warwick, UK, focusing on international economic law, and Researcher at the University of London.

Keywords: Pensions and social protection; Economics of societal ageing; Labour markets and jobs