The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be hosting an Executive Secretary's Seminar Series by Dr. William Randall Spence on "Crisis Impacts: Micro-Macro Perspective and Policy Implications". The seminar will take place on 22 January 2010 from 1330 to 1500 hours at the United Nations Conference Centre, Meeting Room A, Bangkok.
Dr. Spence will draw on the Macro Policy Impact Assessment (MPIA) studies of the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network, and present emerging views in post-crisis discussions about macroeconomic and risk mitigation policies. He will also present the initial results from the application of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the Philippines and analyze its potential in building the capacity of local governments and community members to participate in the development planning and monitoring process. The seminar will be followed by an open discussion.
Randy Spence is the Executive Director of Economic and Social Development Affiliates. His current assignments include ICT policy and regulation, poverty and economic policy, human development and capability initiatives, intellectual property and innovation systems. He worked from 1990-2005 with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada as Senior Program Specialist in economics and as Director of IDRC's Regional Office for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore. Prior to joining IDRC, he was a senior economist with the Canadian Departments of External Affairs, Finance, and EMR (Energy, Mines and Resources), as well as the Ottawa-based North-South Institute. He has worked on a long-range planning project in Kenya (World Bank), as an economic advisor in the Tanzanian Ministry of Planning (CIDA), and has taught economics at McMaster and Guelph universities, in Canada . He has a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, a member of the International Advisory Board of LIRNEasia, and member of the Board and Executive Committee (Treasurer) of ILEAP (International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty).