Pathways to Progress: Exploring Successes and Opportunities

Track III: Public Sector Successes in Development

Work­shop: BCG on Health­care Technology

Panel 2: From MDGs to SDGs: What Have we Learned?

The MDGs have been at the cen­tre of devel­op­ment in the last decade. How did they change our approach to devel­op­ment? Are the new Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals reflect­ing the learn­ings from the MDGs?


Hedi Larbi is the 2015­2016 Kuwait Foun­da­tion Vis­it­ing Scholar at the Belfer Center’s Mid­dle East Ini­tia­tive. He most recently served as Advi­sor to the MENA Vice Pres­i­dent at the World Bank, and from Jan­u­ary 2014 to Feb­ru­ary 2015 served as both the Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Infra­struc­ture and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment and the Eco­nomic Advi­sor to the Prime Min­is­ter, Tunisia. Mr. Larbi has over 35 years of pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence in eco­nomic and social devel­op­ment as both a pol­icy advi­sor and pol­icy maker, with more than two decades of high level work in the World Bank Group, the pri­vate sec­tor (in Europe and Mid­dle East and North Africa), and the Tunisian tran­si­tion gov­ern­ment. Mr. Larbi also has sub­stan­tial exper­tise in the areas of pub­lic pol­icy, eco­nomic and sec­toral devel­op­ment strate­gies, pri­vate sec­tor devel­op­ment, infra­struc­ture ser­vices, human cap­i­tal devel­op­ment, pub­lic finance and macro­eco­nomic man­age­ment, infra­struc­ture (trans­port, water, energy, and urban ser­vices), social sec­tors (edu­ca­tion, health, social pro­tec­tion), and more. Mr. Larbi holds an MSc in Civil Engi­neer­ing from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and an Exec­u­tive MBA from Har­vard Busi­ness School.


Mar­tin Rama is the Chief Econ­o­mist for the South Asia region of the World Bank, based in Delhi, India. His main pri­or­i­ties are to pro­mote debate on dif­fi­cult pol­icy issues in the region, to lead the prepa­ra­tion of major reports on regional issues, and to over­see the over­all qual­ity of the Bank’s ana­lyt­i­cal work in the region. To deliver on these tasks, he and his team actively engage with coun­ter­parts in gov­ern­ment, acad­e­mia, civil soci­ety and the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Until Octo­ber 2012 Rama was the Direc­tor of the World Devel­op­ment Report (WDR) 2013, on Jobs. Over the pre­vi­ous eight years, until 2010, Rama was the Lead Econ­o­mist for Viet­nam, based in Hanoi. In this capac­ity, he over­saw the World Bank pro­gram in the coun­try in areas related to eco­nomic pol­icy and poverty reduc­tion. Rama gained his Ph.D. in macro­eco­nom­ics in France in 1985. Back to his home coun­try, Uruguay, he worked in CINVE, the country’s largest think tank, and became one of its direc­tors. In par­al­lel with his World Bank duties, he was vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor in devel­op­ment eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Paris until 2005.

Punam Chuhan‐Pole is the Act­ing Chief Econ­o­mist of the Africa Region of the World Bank. Her recent work includes the semi‐annual pub­li­ca­tion Africa’s Pulse, which presents eco­nomic trends and prospects for the region; a research report titled Socioe­co­nomic Impact of Min­ing on Local Com­mu­ni­ties in Africa; and a study doc­u­ment­ing recent devel­op­ment progress—Yes Africa Can: Suc­cess Sto­ries from a Dynamic Con­ti­nent. Her area of exper­tise includes eco­nomic growth, cross‐border flows, and qual­ity and effec­tive­ness of aid, and she has also worked exten­sively on mon­i­tor­ing and assess­ing the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of devel­op­ing coun­tries to exter­nal shocks. Punam has a PhD in Eco­nom­ics from George­town Uni­ver­sity. She worked at the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of New York before join­ing the World Bank.

Panel 3: Equal Voices: Enhanc­ing Female Rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Pub­lic and Demo­c­ra­tic Institutions

This panel will explore the suc­cess of enhanc­ing female polit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in devel­op­ing coun­tries with an empha­sis on what lessons can be taken for­ward in other con­texts for polit­i­cal par­ties, local gov­ern­ment and civil soci­ety organizations.


Myr­ish Anto­nio is a lawyer and for­mer elected local gov­ern­ment offi­cial from the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines and is cur­rently Pro­gram Man­ager at Harvard’s Cen­ter for Pub­lic Lead­er­ship. Before com­ing to HKS, she was Direc­tor of the Sen­a­tor Jovito R. Salonga Cen­ter for Law and Devel­op­ment in Sil­li­man Uni­ver­sity, Dumaguete City, Philip­pines, a fac­ulty of law and a prac­tic­ing lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in com­mer­cial law, civil law, edu­ca­tion law, anti‐corruption and human rights. She holds a Mas­ters in Gov­ern­ment Pro­cure­ment Law and a Diploma in Inter­na­tional Human­i­tar­ian Law. She is an Edward S. Mason Fel­low, a Min­nie Osmena scholar and a for­mer Ful­bright fellow.


Jeni Klug­man has over 20 years of devel­op­ment expe­ri­ence work­ing with the World Bank and major United Nations agen­cies in the spheres of gen­der, poverty, inequal­ity, human devel­op­ment, labour mar­kets, gov­er­nance and insti­tu­tions. She serves on sev­eral advi­sory boards, includ­ing that of the World Eco­nomic Forum’s on Sus­tain­abil­ity and Com­pet­i­tive­ness, the Inter­na­tional Civil Soci­ety Net­work, and the Global Forum on Women in Par­lia­ments, as well as a Euro­pean Union research pro­gram on GDP and beyond. Until August 2014, she was Direc­tor of Gen­der and Devel­op­ment at the World Bank Group, and was respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing and sup­port­ing strate­gic direc­tions to pro­mote the institution’s gen­der agenda. She served as the direc­tor and lead author of three global Human Devel­op­ment Reports pub­lished by the United Nations Devel­op­ment Pro­gram: Over­com­ing Bar­ri­ers: Human Mobil­ity and Devel­op­ment (2009); The Real Wealth of Nations: Path­ways to Human Devel­op­ment (2010); and Sus­tain­abil­ity and Equity: a Bet­ter Future for All (2011). Klug­man holds a Ph.D. in Eco­nom­ics from the Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity, as well as post­grad­u­ate degrees in both Law and Devel­op­ment Eco­nom­ics from Oxford Uni­ver­sity, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dina Buch­binder is a social entre­pre­neur who has intro­duced an inno­v­a­tive, action‐oriented edu­ca­tion model called Deportes para Compartir/Sports for Shar­ing to edu­ca­tion sys­tems that have long strug­gled with pas­siv­ity and rigid­ity. Sports for Shar­ing empow­ers teach­ers from a vari­ety of school set­tings to fos­ter social and envi­ron­men­tal aware­ness while also teach­ing val­ues, such as empa­thy, team­work and fair play. Dina is an Ashoka Fel­low and a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the Inter­na­tional Youth Foun­da­tion. She is an ROI Com­mu­nity mem­ber, a Vital Voices Lead Fel­low, and a World Eco­nomic Forum Global Shaper. Cur­rently she is a Hubert Humphrey Fel­low in Urban Plan­ning at MIT. Start­ing June 2015, Dina will be a Mason Fel­low at the Har­vard Kennedy School.

Nadia Far­jood stud­ies Har­vard Law School hav­ing grad­u­ated from Har­vard Col­lege with a major in Gov­ern­ment and a minor in Neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy. Most recently she worked at Polit­i­cal Par­ity, a national, non­par­ti­san, non­profit orga­ni­za­tion advanc­ing women’s pub­lic ser­vice lead­er­ship. As an under­grad­u­ate, she co‐directed Athena, a gen­der empow­er­ment and men­tor­ing pro­gram for low‐income high school stu­dents in Boston, run through the Phillips Brooks House Asso­ci­a­tion. Pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics, Nadia wrote her senior the­sis on women Sen­a­tors’ paths to office, served at the White House, and worked on Eliz­a­beth Warren’s U.S. Sen­ate cam­paign. Nadia serves on the Amer­i­can Plan­ning Board of Human­ity in Action and on the Advi­sory Coun­cils of Run­ning Start, Bean­town Soci­ety, and Legal Momen­tum. She loves first‐year stu­dents, Shonda Rhimes, and social justice.

Panel 4: Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment in the Face of Cli­mate Change: a Sub-Saharan Africa Case Study

Rec­og­niz­ing the threats that cli­mate change poses on our world food sup­ply and on nation’s food secu­rity, it is imper­a­tive for gov­ern­ments around the world to imple­ment poli­cies to help their farm­ers mit­i­gate. Not only does cli­mate change threaten agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, it threat­ens the liveli­hoods of farm­ers around the world. For a feat this chal­leng­ing, gov­ern­ment offi­cials and lead­ers in the pub­lic sec­tor space are part­ner­ing together to deliver cru­cial climate-resilient farm­ing tech­nol­ogy, train­ing to farm­ers on early-warning signs for cli­mate pro­pelled dis­eases, and fund­ing to com­pen­sate farm­ers whose crops are dev­as­tated by unprece­dented weather con­di­tions. Please join us for a con­ver­sa­tion on how some of these part­ner­ships are mov­ing the nee­dle for­ward on help­ing farm­ers mit­i­gate against cli­mate change to pro­tect global food pro­duc­tion.

Robert Paarl­berg, Adjunct Pro­fes­sor of Pub­lic Pol­icy, is an inde­pen­dent scholar and con­sul­tant spe­cial­iz­ing in global food and agri­cul­tural pol­icy. He is the Betty Frey­hof John­son Pro­fes­sor of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at Welles­ley Col­lege and an Asso­ciate at Harvard’s Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs. He received his BA in gov­ern­ment from Car­leton Col­lege and his PhD in gov­ern­ment from Har­vard. Paarl­berg has recently been a mem­ber of the Board of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­ural Resources at the National Research Coun­cil and a con­sul­tant to the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil (NIC), USAID, COMESA, IFPRI, the World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion. In 2009 he pre­sented tes­ti­mony on U.S. agri­cul­tural devel­op­ment assis­tance pol­icy to the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on For­eign Rela­tions. His 2008 book from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Press was titled Starved for Sci­ence: How Biotech­nol­ogy is Being Kept out of Africa. His 2010 book from Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press is titled Food Pol­i­tics: What Every­one Needs to Know.


Isaac K. Gyamfi is a devel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner, with over 26 years of post‐graduation expe­ri­ence in projects and pro­grammes design, imple­men­ta­tion man­age­ment, fea­si­bil­ity and impact assess­ment and resources allo­ca­tion. He is cur­rently the Regional Direc­tor of Sol­i­dari­dad West Africa, which is part of a global net­work orga­ni­za­tion foun­da­tion ( facil­i­tat­ing the devel­op­ment of socially respon­si­ble, eco­log­i­cally sound and prof­itable sup­ply chains towards sus­tain­able and inclu­sive economies.He holds a Mas­ter Degree in Devel­op­ment Plan­ning and Man­age­ment from the Uni­ver­sity of Dort­mund – Ger­many, a Post Gra­date Diploma in Spa­tial Plan­ning and com­bined Bachelor’s Degree in Eco­nom­ics and Soci­ol­ogy from the Kwame Nkrumah Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and Uni­ver­sity of Ghana respec­tively. He has enor­mous expe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing, imple­ment­ing and mon­i­tor­ing sev­eral pro­grammes funded by inter­na­tional devel­op­ment investors and pri­vate com­pa­nies such as USAID, EU, KfW, World Cocoa Foun­da­tions, Mars Inc., ADM and Cargill. He has worked at dif­fer­ent senior man­age­ment capac­i­ties in Ghana’s pub­lic sec­tor – specif­i­cally the Min­istry of Local Gov­ern­ment and Rural Devel­op­ment. He under­stands and pro­motes public‐private part­ner­ships as one mech­a­nism to intro­duce, test and val­i­date inno­va­tions to enhance climate‐smart agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion sys­tems, mar­ket effi­cien­cies, green­house gas emis­sions reduc­tion, land­scape man­age­ment, insti­tu­tional and inclu­sive pol­icy reforms and impact investments.

Kathryn J. Boor is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Life Sci­ences at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity. Pre­vi­ously, Dr. Boor served as Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Cor­nell Depart­ment of Food Sci­ence (2007‐2010). Dr. Boor earned a BS in Food Sci­ence from Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, an MS in Food Sci­ence from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin and a PhD in Micro­bi­ol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis. She joined the Cor­nell fac­ulty as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in 1994. Dr. Boor’s research focuses on iden­ti­fy­ing bio­log­i­cal fac­tors that affect trans­mis­sion of bac­te­ria in food sys­tems, from the farm to the table. She has research exper­tise with the food­borne pathogens Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes, E. coli O157:H7, Vib­rio para­haemolyti­cus, and var­i­ous strep­to­cocci. She also serves on the board of direc­tors of the Foun­da­tion for Food and Agri­cul­tural Research, for which she chairs the Com­mit­tee on Sci­en­tific Review, and on the board of the Inter­na­tional Life Sci­ences Institute‐North America.

Sara Menker is the founder and CEO of Gro Intel­li­gence, a data com­pany ded­i­cated to build­ing prod­ucts that change the way the world under­stands agri­cul­ture. Prior to found­ing Gro in 2012, Sara was a Vice Pres­i­dent in Mor­gan Stanley’s com­modi­ties group. She began her career in com­modi­ties risk man­age­ment, where she cov­ered all com­mod­ity mar­kets, and sub­se­quently moved to trad­ing, where she man­aged an options trad­ing portfolio.Sara is a Trustee of the Man­dela Insti­tute For Devel­op­ment Stud­ies, a mem­ber of the Global Agenda Coun­cil on Africa at the World Eco­nomic Forum and an Advi­sory Board Mem­ber of Shin­ing Hope for Com­mu­ni­ties. Sara was named a Global Young Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum and is a fel­low of the African Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive of the Aspen Institute.Sara stud­ied Eco­nom­ics and African Stud­ies at Mount Holyoke Col­lege and the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and holds an MBA from Colum­bia University.