Robert H. Dugger, Ph.D., is a venture capital investor, founder and managing partner of Hanover Provident Capital LLC, retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, and former board chairman of Singita-Grumeti Reserves, a Tanzanian wildlife conservation and tourism project that Travel & Leisure magazine ranks number one in the world. Dr. Dugger's main interest is early child development and organizing strong business coalitions in states to support high-return investment spending in children prenatal to five.
Dr. Dugger co-founded ReadyNation to do this work and in recognition was the first recipient of Zero to Three’s Reiner Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Very Young Children.
Dr. Dugger began his career at the Federal Reserve Board in 1972, and in the 1980s served on the staffs of the House and Senate banking committees and the American Bankers Association. From 1992 to 2008 he was a partner in Tudor Investment Corporation. To improve the quality of economic research and analysis, Dr. Dugger participated in founding the Institute for New Economic Thinking in 2009 and serves on its governing board and its advisory board. Together with Dr. James Heckman, University of Chicago professor and Nobel Prize winner, and Dr. Steven Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Dugger heads INET’s Global Working Group on Human Capital and Economic Opportunity.
Dr. Dugger received his bachelor's degree from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Federal Reserve Dissertation Fellowship.