Last Year’s Speakers
18th Annual International Development Conference featured compelling development thinkers and leaders.
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator of 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, Director of the Poverty Action Lab and co-author of “Poor Economics”
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, Secretary-General of the UN, in a special video address
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.
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, Vice President of the Africa Region for the World Bank
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili was appointed Vice President for the World Bank Africa Region in 2007. She has overseen record levels of lending to Sub-Saharan African countries, as well as projects in 47 countries and over 1600 staff. Ms. Ezekwesili previously served as Minister of Education and Minister of Solid Minerals in Nigeria. She chaired the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and led the first-ever audit of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. She was a founding Director of Transparency International (TI) and TI’s Director for Africa. Ms. Ezekwesili is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in International Law & Diplomacy from the University of Lagos and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Aruna Roy, award-winning anti-corruption activist and member of National Advisory Council in India
A 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.
Dan Rodrik, Harvard University
Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. He is a recipient of the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council in 2007. He has also received the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, honorary doctorates from the University of Antwerp and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. His 1997 book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? was called “one of the most important economics books of the decade” in Business Week and his most recent book The Globalization Paradox was published in 2011. Professor Rodrik holds a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College.
Along with 50+ representatives from leading and innovative development institutions such as:
The World Bank
+ many others