Barry Herman has been a Visiting Scholar since July 2016 at the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School in New York, after teaching there for a decade, including a course on public finance and sovereign debt. He retired from the United Nations Secretariat in December 2005, after almost 30 years, where he led a team undertaking research and supporting negotiations on international economic and financial issues, including in the preparations and follow up to the first International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico in 2002. He has consulted on policy issues in financing social protection floors, sovereign debt difficulties, global economic governance and other international financial issues for the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Brot für die Welt, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the World Council of Churches. He co-directed two projects and co-edited two books on sovereign debt problems (Dealing Fairly with Developing Debt (Wiley/Blackwell, 2007) and Overcoming Developing Country Debt Crises (Oxford, 2010). He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Social Justice in Global Development (, an international CSO member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.