Cinnamon Dornsife

Cinnamon Dornsife

Associate Practitioner-in-Residence and Senior Advisor of International Development
Senior Fellow, The Foreign Policy Institute
International Development

Bernstein-Offit Building (BOB) 726


  • Sustainable Development
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund
  • Indonesian

Background and Education

Cinnamon Dornsife is currently Senior Advisor of the International Development Program and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Professor Dornsife leads learning initiatives in social entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom and teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and the international financial institutions. She is former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. Dornsife has served in many high profile roles, including Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank, advisor for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Acting Director and Senior Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Development Program. She has also been a consultant on development assistance and policy issues for a wide variety of think tanks, nonprofits, and private sector firms. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, DC office and in the field office in Indonesia. She has also worked with the World Bank, the US Department of Agriculture, the US-Asia Environmental Partnership, Pathfinder International, Forest Trends, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and Board of Advisers for the Asian Development Bank Institute, Devex, the United States-Indonesia Society, and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Dornsife holds a BA in Chemistry and Mathematic from Emory University and an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Spring 2018 
Social Entrepre...
Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development is focused on understanding social entrepreneurship and the challenges of building sustainable, impactful businesses that address critical underserved needs in emerging global marketplaces.

The course aims to create in each student an appreciation of the qualities, values and skills of social entrepreneurs and also entrepreneurial opportunities in critical sectors of human need in complex, resource-constrained markets that are plagued by fragmented infrastructure, inadequate institutions and other governance challenges. Students will learn first-hand how businesses serving the needs of the poor contribute to community development and “do well by doing good”. The capstone project in the course is a group presentation based on a partnership with an existing social enterprise, or a newly conceptualized social enterprise based on student ideas. 
Fall 2017 
Through the use...
Through the use of case studies and simulations, a new four credit version of this course examines selected policies and programs of the major multilateral international financial institutions: the IMF, the World Bank and three major regional development banks (RDBs) : Asian Development Bank (AsDB), African Development Bank (AfDB), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB), as well as the two newest MDBs – the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Topics to be covered include: role of the IFIs in private sector led growth and development; financial and operational  innovations at the MDBs; reforming global governance: assessing the IMF governance reform agenda; analysis of the operational plans for the  BRICs NDB and AIIB; the role of the IFIs in addressing climate change including the Green Climate Fund; measuring development impact: evaluations at the MDBs. Students work in teams on operational case studies, participate in a Board meeting simulation, deliver one individual and one group oral presentation and write a major paper on a topic based on individual student interests. Students with career interests that include working at or in partnership with the World Bank or the RDBs after graduation will find this course especially helpful.