Irene van Staveren is Professor of pluralist development economics at the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She is director of the online, freely accessible database Indices of Social Development, which includes a broadly measured Gender Equality Index. She is currently writing an introductory economics textbook for a global student audience with a pluralist approach. This book includes four major economic theories as well as gender awareness and attention to inequality and power. She is member of an advisory council of the Dutch government on social development. And she is part of the think tank Sustainable Finance Lab, which argues for more fundamental financial change for a sustainable financial sector. Irene is Vice President for Development of IAFFE and a member of the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She is guest editor of a special issue on Africa that will be published in 2015.