IDC 2012 Speakers
18th Annual International Development Conference features very compelling development thinkers and leaders. Click here for more details and speaker bios.
Confirmed speakers include:
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times
Abhijit Banerjee, Director of the Poverty Action Lab and co-author of “Poor Economics”
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, in a special video address
Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council for Global Development, Stabilization, and Humanitarian Assistance
Aruna Roy, award-winning anti-corruption activist and member of National Advisory Council in India
Along with 50+ representatives from leading and innovative development institutions such as:
The World Bank
+ many others
Martin Wolf, The Financial Times
Martin Wolf is the chief economics commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times. A graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Wolf worked at the World Bank before moving to a career in journalism. After more than twenty years in journalism, Wolf has established himself solidly as the most influential economic commentator in the world. In recent years he has written two books, Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance that have addressed the challenges facing the global economic system. In 2000. Wolf was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
Abhijit Banerjee, The Poverty Action Lab
Abhijit Banerjee is the Director of the Poverty Action Lab and co-author of Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year is a graduate of the University of Calcutta and Harvard University. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab. In 2009 J-PAL won the BBVA Foundation “Frontier of Knowledge” award in the development cooperation category.
Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations
Ban Ki-Moon is the Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Foreign Minister of South Korea. A graduate of Seoul National University and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Ban Ki-Moon has been a staunch advocate of sustainable development, female empowerment, and arms control during his tenure at the UN. Mr. Ban first took office on 1 January 2007 and on 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and will continue to serve until 31 December 2016.
Gayle Smith, National Security Council
Gayle Smith is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council for Global Development, Stabilization, and Humanitarian Assistance. She was previously a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Co-Chair of the ENOUGH Project, and Co-Founder of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Smith served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the NSC, and as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. Smith was based in Africa for over 20 years as a journalist covering military, economic, and political affairs for the BBC, Associated Press, Reuters, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, London Observer, and Financial Times. She has also consulted for a wide range of NGOs, foundations, and governmental organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, Dutch Interchurch Aid, Norwegian Church Relief, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
Aruna Roy, Social and Political Activist
Aruna Roy has worked for decades in rural India. The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), part of the non-party process in Rajasthan, was born through a collective effort in 1990 of Aruna Roy along with Shankar Singh and Nikhil Dey. The MKSS began the struggle for the Right to Information, and later the Right to Work which culminated in the RTI and NREGA laws being passed by parliament in 2005. As member of the National Advisory Council, she advises Government of India on social policy. Aruna Roy received the Magsaysay Award 2000 amongst others, and was one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2011.