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01 to 03 December 2021 | Open meeting

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The UN Secretary-General’s call for a New Social Contract in a recent speech, and the emphasis on People in the agenda of the G-20 Presidency under Indonesia in 2022 are examples of this increased focus on inclusiveness. Therefore, it is an opportune time for a fresh and comprehensive policy reflection on economic inclusiveness. ‘Building forward Fairer’ needs to be at the center of the post-pandemic economic recovery efforts to enhance the region’s resilience to future shocks and prospects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With a focus on the role of economic policies in promoting inclusive development, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2022 will analyze the importance of effective government actions and the role of fiscal, monetary/financial and structural policies in enhancing inclusiveness, keeping in view the considerable impacts of COVID-19 on inclusiveness and inequality.

The objective of this 3-day virtual conference will be to engage with experts and multiple stakeholders on the issue of inclusive recovery and development to attain the following goals to:

  • better understand the different definitions of inclusive development
  • learn about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on inequality and the fiscal measures deployed
  • discuss the role of fiscal policies in mitigating inequalities and promoting inclusive development
  • explore how monetary and financial policies can further support inclusive development
  • analyze how economic structural transformation impacts inequality dynamics
  • propose sectoral, labor market, and pro-people policies to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 on certain industries in the short term and to promote structural changes for inclusive and jobs-rich development in the medium-to-long-run.

Presenters of this Conference will be drawn from UNESCAP, UN agencies, other international organizations, national think tanks and academia.

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01 Dec 2021
08:30
10:00
Session 2. Economic Outlook and Inequality Trends
Virtual (Day 1 Wednesday)

This session will first discuss the recent macroeconomic developments, emerging challenges and economic outlook in the Asia-Pacific region for 2022-2023. It will then examine the latest trends of economic inequality in the Asia-Pacific region, the impact of COVID-19 on economic inequality, and policies being pursued for inclusive economic recovery.

  1. Presentation on the preliminary findings and messages of Survey 2022 (15 mins) [Presentation]
    • Ms. Sweta Saxena, Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP
  2. Presentations on macroeconomic challenges and inequality trends in Asia-Pacific (15 mins each)
    1. Brewing risks in major economies, such as China, and spillovers to the region [Presentation]
      • Mr. Ting Lu, Chief China Economist, Nomura
    2. Scarring effects from COVID-19 [Presentation]
      • Mr. Abdul Abiad, Director, Macroeconomic Research Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
    3. Lasting impact of the pandemic on inequality trends and inclusive recovery in a slower-growth scenario [Presentation]
      • Mr. Hassan Zaman, Regional Director, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank
    4. An inclusive growth framework [Presentation]
      • Ms. Valerie Cerra, Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  3. Question and answer (15 mins)

Moderator: Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP

15:00
16:00
Session 1. Opening Session
Virtual (Day 1 Wednesday)
  1. Opening remarks (10 mins)
  2. Keynote address (20 mins)

Moderator: Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNESCAP

02 Dec 2021
08:00
09:30
Session 3: High-Level Dialogue on Fiscal Response to Inequality
Virtual (Day 2 Thursday)

This session will explore the role of fiscal policies in mitigating inequalities, with a special focus on fiscal consolidations and their impact on (worsening) inequalities. Given the rising debt levels and expected fiscal consolidations, the panelists will discuss potential changes to fiscal spending that can have the least impact on those at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

  1. Presentations (15 mins each)
    1. Fiscal Policy: the Ultimate Verdict in Evaluating Poverty and Inequality Reduction Policies [Presentation]
      • Ms. Cristina Duarte, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General, Former Minister of Finance, Cape Verde
    2. Pandemics, Inequality, and Fiscal Policy [Presentation]
      • Mr. Jonathan D. Ostry, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  2. Discussion on the impact of social policies and taxation structures on inequality. The participants will discuss how fiscal policies impact inequalities, why some fiscal policies can have adverse impact on those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, and how to prioritize inequality-reducing fiscal policies aiming to build forward better (15 mins each).
    1. Landscape of inequality reducing fiscal policy in Asia-Pacific - moving forward [Presentation]
      • Prof. Sang-Hyop Lee, University of Hawaii at Manoa and East-West Center
    2. Review of the evidence on inequality and fiscal policies in Asia-Pacific [Presentation]
      • Ms. Sally Torbert, Senior Program Officer, International Budget Partnership, Georgia
  3. Question and answer (15 mins)

Moderator: Mr. Hamza Malik, Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP

14:00
16:00
Session 4. Monetary and Financial Policies for Inclusive Development
Virtual (Day 2 Thursday)

This session will explore how monetary and financial policies can support inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific.

 

  1. Presentations on monetary policy for inclusive and green development (12 mins each). The first segment examines central banks’ actions to enhance financial inclusion, literacy, and consumer protection. It also talks about how central banking can promote green development, as low-carbon, climate-resilient development disproportionally benefits the poor.
    1. Enhancing financial inclusion in the post-COVID-19 world [Presentation]
      • Mr. Peter J. Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, Vice Chair of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute
    2. Promoting financial literacy and strengthening financial consumer protection in Bangladesh [Presentation]
      • Mr. Md. Abul Bashar, Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Department, Bangladesh Bank
    3. Introducing a central bank digital currency in Thailand [Presentation]
      • Mr. Thammarak Moenjak, Chief Representative, Bank of Thailand London Representative Office
    4. Sustainable central banking [Presentation]
      • Prof. Ulrich Volz, Chair, Centre for Sustainable Finance, SOAS, University of London
    5. Question and answer (12 mins)
       
  2. Presentations on financial policy for sustainable development (15 mins each). The second segment discusses the potential of social finance, especially through innovative financial instruments such as social impact bonds and sustainability-linked bonds and loans.
    1. Growing Sustainable Finance in Asia: MAS' Financial Policy for Inclusive Development [Presentation]
      • Ms. Darian McBain, Chief Sustainability Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
    2. Innovations ahead for capital markets -the rise of sustainability-linked financing [Presentation]
      • Ms. Luying Gan, Head of Sustainable Bonds, HSBC
    3. Financing for impact, solidarity, and changes with public sector ~ Pay for Success Model in Japan [Presentation]
      • Mr. Michiru Toda, Impact Officer, Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)
    4. Question and answer (15 mins)

Moderator: Mr. Alberto Isgut, Acting Chief, Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP

03 Dec 2021
09:00
11:00
Session 5. Human Development Report: Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives
Virtual (Day 3 Friday)

This session will focus on the Forthcoming HDR of the UNDP that discusses present day uncertainty in the context of Anthropocene and growing inequalities. Navigating to a stable, preferred future in the Anthropocene calls for transformational change, inherent in which are multiple and overlayed dislocations. Disadvantaged groups face a double whammy of disempowerment – first, as uncertainty diminishes individual choices and second, as social fault lines, themselves exacerbated by uncertainty, reduce agency further. Together, inequalities and uncertainty unsettle lives, impeding people’s ability to do and be what they value and have reason to value – the expansion of which is central to human development.

The discussion will inform the process of developing the report and ensure that it speaks to key human development issues for people and policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Discussants:

  1. Mr. Pedro Conceicao, Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP

  2. Ms. Tasneem Mirza, Policy Specialist, Human Development Report Office, UNDP

  3. Mr. Keisuke Nansai, Head of Material Cycles Section, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

  4. Prof. Julia Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, USA

  5. Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Founder/Director, Toxic Links, India

  6. Dr. Renzo R. Guinto, Chief Planetary Health Scientist, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia

Moderator: Ms. Aarathi Krishnan, Strategy Development Advisor, UNDP

15:00
17:00
Session 6. Structural Transformation and Inclusive Development: Outlook and Policies
Virtual (Day 3 Friday)

This session will focus on the relationship between economic inequality and structural transformation in the Asia-Pacific context, to take stock of the latest policy thinking, provide an outlook for Asia-Pacific countries with different characteristics, and inform policy makers of potential policy gaps and challenges. [Presentation]

The discussion will also seek to explore policy options that can mitigate inequality-enhancing structural disruptions and promote economic structures conducive for inclusive development, with particular focus on industrial, labor and technology policies.

Presentations (15 mins each): 

  1. General trends of economic inequality between and within countries [Presentation]
    • Prof. Carlos Gradín, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
  2. The effect of structural transformation on inequality dynamics in Indonesia, and the outlook going forward
    • Prof. Arief Anshory Yusuf, Professor and Founding Director, Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies (SDGs Center), Padjajaran University, Indonesia
  3. Inequality and the Dual Circulation Strategy of China [Presentation]
    • Prof. Guanghua Wan, Director, Institute of World Economy, Fudan University
  4. Four possible pathways: structural transformation and inequality in India [Presentation]
    • Prof. Saon Ray, Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
  5. Industrialization, tertiarization and income inequality [Presentation]
    • Prof. Andy Sumner, Professor of International Development, and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), King’s College
  6. Structural transformation for inclusive growth and productive employment, and the role of labor market [Presentation]
    • Dr. Sukti Dasgupta, Chief, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Moderator: Mr. Patrik Andersson, Chief, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, Social Development Division (SDD), UNESCAP

17:00
17:30
Session 7. Concluding Remarks and Way Forward
Virtual (Day 3 Friday)
  • Mr. Hamza Malik
    Director
    Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP
  • Ms. Sweta Saxena
    Chief
    Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP

Opening Session

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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of UNESCAP
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Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Formerly, she was Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia, where she also served as a Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies, as well as Vice Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. Prior, she was the Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of National Development Planning Agency in Indonesia, alongside being the Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank representing Indonesia.

Baroness Minouche Shafik
Baroness Minouche Shafik
Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Nemat (Minouche) Shafik is a leading economist whose career has straddled public policy and academia. She was appointed Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science in September 2017.

She did her BA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her MSc at LSE and her DPhil at the University of Oxford and, by the age of 36, had become the youngest ever Vice President of the World Bank. She taught at Georgetown University and the Wharton Business School and has published widely. She served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development from 2008 to 2011, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2011-2014 and as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2014-2017, where she sat on all the monetary, financial and prudential policy committees and was responsible for a balance sheet of over £500 billion.

Minouche has served on and chaired numerous boards and currently serves as a Deputy Chair of the British Museum, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens, the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Global Board of BRAC. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015 and made a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords in 2020.

Her book What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract is out now.

Kaveh Zahedi
Mr. Kaveh Zahedi
Deputy Executive Secretary, UNESCAP
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Mr. Kaveh Zahedi is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). 

Prior to joining UNESCAP, Mr. Zahedi was Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He managed UNEP’s technical and policy support programmes and represented the organization in the region. Mr. Zahedi has previously served as Deputy Director of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP-DTIE), overseeing work on green economy, resource efficiency and climate change. At UNEP-DTIE he also set up and headed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition for reducing short lived climate pollutants.

Over two decades Mr. Zahedi worked in UNEP’s offices in Kenya, Mexico, UK, France and Thailand. Before UNEP, Mr. Zahedi worked at an NGO as project manager for micro credit and development projects.
An Iranian and British national, he holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.

Session 2. Economic Outlook and Inequality Trends

Sweta C Saxena
Ms. Sweta Saxena
Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP
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Ms. Sweta C. Saxena is currently on leave from the IMF to serve as the Chief in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. She has led 3 flagship reports at ESCAP: 2019 "Ambitions beyond growth", 2020 "Towards sustainable economies", and 2021 “Towards post-COVID-19 resilient economies.” At the IMF, she has worked on multilateral surveillance for the G20 countries in the Research Department and on fragile countries in the African Department.

Her research has focused on policy-relevant macro-financial issues, namely, crises and recoveries, contagion, and exchange rates. Her more recent work focuses exclusively on sustainable development. Sweta has published extensively, including in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of International Economics.

Prior to joining the IMF, she worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. Sweta obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College.

Hamza Malik
Mr. Hamza Malik
Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD), UNESCAP
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Mr. Malik is currently the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) at UNESCAP. He leads the team responsible for analyzing economic conditions and emerging development challenges in Asia and the Pacific economies and assesses potential policy options and financing strategies that can support them in their pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Before joining the UNESCAP in 2014, Hamza worked as the Director of Monetary Policy Department at the central bank of Pakistan (SBP). He graduated from McMaster University with a Ph.D. in economics in 2002.

Ting Lu
Mr. Ting Lu
Chief China Economist, Nomura
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Ting Lu joined Nomura in May 2018 as Chief China Economist and managing director. In 2015-18 he served as the Chief Economist and Head of Research at Huatai Securities. Previously he worked at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and Head of Greater China Economics.

 

Dr. Lu has been top ranked in many surveys, including the #1 ranked economist in the Asian G3 bonds by the Assets in 2021, and  #1 in All-Asia Institutional Investor Surveys in 2013-2015.

 

Dr. Lu holds BA and MA in Economics from Peking University, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He’s a CFA Charter holder.

Abdul Abiad
Mr. Abdul Abiad
Director, Macroeconomic Research Division, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
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Mr. Abdul Abiad is Director of the Macroeconomic Research Division at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, where he oversees the ADB’s flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook. From 2000 to 2015, he was with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked on the World Economic Outlook. His research has focused on financial sector development and international financial integration, fiscal policy, exchange rates and trade, economic resilience, and infrastructure.

A Philippine national, he has a BS in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hassan Zaman
Mr. Hassan Zaman
Regional Director, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank
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Hassan Zaman is the Regional Director, East Asia and Pacific responsible for the Bank’s work in the areas of macro, trade, financial sector, competitiveness, governance and poverty. He has served more than 20 years at the World Bank and also spent three years as the Chief Economist of the Central Bank in Bangladesh. Dr. Zaman has graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex.

Valerie Cerra
Ms. Valerie Cerra
Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
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Ms. Valerie Cerra is an Assistant Director in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund and was recently the Division Chief of the Inclusive Growth and Structural Policies Division in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development. She has been involved in policy advice, lending, and capacity development in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere, African, European, and Asia and Pacific departments, and the IMF Institute.

She has published widely in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, and Journal of International Economics, on topics related to international macroeconomics, financial crises, economic scarring, and inclusive growth. Her research has won the Emerald Award and has been cited by the media, including the Washington Post and the Financial Times, and by policy leaders, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Her most recent book on How to Achieve Inclusive Growth is due for publication in December 2021 by Oxford University Press.

She obtained undergraduate degrees in finance and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She has also worked in the U.S. financial sector, conducting financial analysis for public and private sector clients.

Session 3: High-Level Dialogue on Fiscal Response to Inequality

Cristina Duarte
Ms. Cristina Duarte
Under-Secretary-General Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General
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Ms. Cristina Duarte is the current Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General.

Ms. Duarte’s career includes more than 34 years of leadership and strategic management experience in public policy making and in the private sector, coupled with a deep understanding of international and regional cooperation and the challenges facing African countries. Before joining OSAA, she was a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, President Paul Kagame’s Advisory Committee on African Union Reforms, the Board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development at the UONGOZI Institute.

She served as Minister of Finance and Planning in the Republic of Cabo Verde from 2006 to 2016. Prior to this position, she was the Director of a World Bank project on private sector development and competitiveness. She has also served as Director for Planning and Studies in the Cabo Verde Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and as an adviser to many international financial and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ms. Duarte also worked for Citibank in Kenya Financial Institution Relationship Manager and rose to become the Vice President, Country Corporate Officer and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking of Citibank in Angola.

Ms. Duarte holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management/Thunderbird School of Global Management, an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the Economics Institute of the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policies, Planning and Development from the Instituto Superior de Economia in Lisbon, Portugal. She is proficient in English, French, Italian and Portuguese. Ms. Duarte is married and has a daughter.

Jonathan Ostry
Mr. Jonathan D. Ostry
Deputy Director Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
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Jonathan D. Ostry is Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). His recent responsibilities include leading staff teams on: IMF-FSB Early Warning Exercises on global systemic macro-financial risks; vulnerabilities exercises for advanced and emerging market countries; multilateral exchange rate surveillance, including the work of CGER, the Fund’s Consultative Group  Exchange Rates, and EBA, the External Balance Assessment; international financial architecture and reform of the IMF’s lending toolkit; capital account management (capital controls and prudential tools to manage capital inflows) and financial globalization issues; fiscal sustainability issues; and the nexus between income inequality and economic growth.

Past positions include leading the division that produces the IMF’s flagship multilateral surveillance publication, the World Economic Outlook, and leading country teams on Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. Mr. Ostry is the author of a number of books on international macro policy issues and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His most recent books include Taming the Tide of Capital Flows (MIT Press, 2017) and Confronting Inequality (Columbia University Press, 2018). His work has been widely cited in print and electronic media, including the BBC, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, and National Public Radio. His work on inequality and unsustainable growth has also been cited in remarks made by President Barack Obama.

He earned his B.A. (with distinction) from Queen’s University (Canada) at age 18, and went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (Balliol College), and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1984) and the University Chicago (Ph.D., 1988). He is listed in Who’s Who in Economics (2003).

Sally Torbert
Ms. Sally Torbert
Senior Program Officer, International Budget Partnership, Georgia
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Ms. Sally Torbert is a Senior Program Officer with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) working on IBP’s Open Budget Survey and Budget Credibility project. Sally is a public sector and governance specialist with expertise in public financial management, service delivery, social accountability, and capacity building. She has previously held positions with the World Bank, DAI, UNCDF, and UNDP, supporting public finance and governance reforms in Afghanistan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mozambique, and Timor-Leste.

She holds degrees from Princeton University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Sang Hyop Lee
Prof. Sang-Hyop Lee
University of Hawaii at Manoa and East-West Center
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Dr. Sang-Hyop Lee is Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics at the University of Hawaii and Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He also served as Chair of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) project, which includes research teams in more than 90 countries. His studies have focused on issues related with population changes, labor markets, and social welfare, with emphasis on Asian economies. He has collaborated with a lot of international organizations as well as many governments around the world.

Dr. Lee received his BA and MA in economics from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Session 4. Monetary and Financial Policies for Inclusive Development

Peter Morgan
Mr. Peter J. Morgan
Senior Consulting Economist, Vice Chair of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
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Mr. Peter J. Morgan is Senior Consulting Economist and Vice Chair of Research at the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), and has been with ADBI since 2008. He has 23 years experience in the financial sector in Asia, most recently serving in Hong Kong as Chief Asia Economist for HSBC, responsible for macroeconomic analysis and forecasting for Asia.

Previously, he served as Chief Japan Economist for HSBC, and earlier held similar positions at Merrill Lynch, Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Jardine Fleming. Prior to entering the financial industry, he was a consultant for Meta Systems Inc in Cambridge, MA, in energy and environmental analysis, and at International Business Information KK in Tokyo, in financial sector consulting. 

He earned his MA and PhD degrees in economics from Yale University. His research interests are in macroeconomic policy and financial sector regulation, reform, financial development, financial inclusion, fintech, financial literacy and financial education. In 2019 he served as the Lead Co-chair for the Task Force on The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age for the Think 20 process, an engagement group with the G20.

Abul Bashar
Mr. Md. Abul Bashar
Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Department, Bangladesh Bank
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Mr. Md. Abul Bashar, Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank (BB) started his career as a Central Banker in 1993. In his 29 years of experience in Bangladesh Bank, he has contributed to various sectors especially in Financial Inclusion, SME, Banking Inspection, Payment Systems, Agricultural Credit, etc.

 

Very recently, Mr. Bashar has been assigned with the duties of Monitoring and Supervising the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) Administrative Unit and Financial Inclusion Department of Bangladesh Bank. Prior to that, he was in charge of Bangladesh Bank, Sylhet holding the position of Executive Director where he monitored and supervised all the banking related activities and played crucial role in developing women entrepreneurship.

 

Mr. Bashar has played vital roles in different departments holding diverse positions in his career. He worked as the Project Director of SMEDP-2, where he was able to reach the poor/marginal potential CMSME entrepreneurs by participating various awareness programs across the country for women to ensure access to finance. He also played a very crucial role as the General Manager of Financial Inclusion Department of Bangladesh Bank where he contributed especially towards monitoring and supervising Agent Banking activities, Refinance Scheme for 10 Tk. Account holders, School Banking activities etc. to bring the unbanked people under the umbrella of Financial Inclusion. He also worked as the General Manager of Law department of BB where different legal affairs of BB were handled meticulously by him.

 

He worked in SME & Special Programs Department of BB head office as Deputy General Manager and Deputy Project Coordinator of the SEIP project. He was also responsible for monitoring and supervising different refinance schemes for SMEs. He worked in the Payment Systems Department of Bangladesh Bank and played significant roles in formulating policies regarding uniformity of cheque, Bangladesh Automated Clearing House (BACH), Electronic Fund Transfer Network (EFTN) and Mobile Financial Services (MFSs).

 

Mr. Bashar, born on 25th May 1965, obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degree in English Literature in 1986 and 1987 respectively from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He also ha MSS in Economics, MBA and LLB from different reputed public universities of Bangladesh. He is a Diplomaed Associate of Institute of Bankers Bangladesh.

Thammarak Moenjak
Mr. Thammarak Moenjak
Chief Representative, Bank of Thailand London Representative Office
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Mr. Thammarak Moenjak is Chief Representative, Bank of Thailand (BOT) London Representative Office, and Senior Advisor to BOTs central bank digital currency teamThammaraks work involves building strategic collaboration in the areas of digital transformation and green finance for the Thai financial sector.

Thammarak is the author of Central Banking: Theory and Practice in Sustaining Monetary and Financial Stability, John Wiley and Sons, 2014, which has also been translated into Mandarin.  Thammarak obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia, Master in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UKHe was a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, USA, 2013, and Assistant Chief Representative at the BOTs New York Representative Office in 2008-2009.

Ulrich Volz
Prof. Ulrich Volz
Chair, Centre for Sustainable Finance SOAS, University of London
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Prof. Ulrich Volz is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Finance and a Professor of Economics at SOAS, University of London. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig. At SOAS, he previously served as Head of the Department of Economics and Member of the University’s Executive Board. Ulrich is a director of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment and serves on the advisory board of the International Sustainable Finance Centre and on the advisory panel of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).

Ulrich was Banque de France Chair at EHESS in Paris, and also taught at Peking University, Kobe University, Hertie School of Governance, Freie Universität Berlin, Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) in Tokyo. He spent stints working at the European Central Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, ECB, Bank Indonesia, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Ulrich was part of the UN Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System and has acted as an advisor to several governments, central banks, international organisations and development agencies on matters of macroeconomic policy, sustainable finance and development.

Ulrich was lead author of a recent study on Climate Change and Sovereign Risk as well as a 2018 UN report on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries. He is a co-editor of the NGFS volume on Case Studies of Environmental Risk Analysis Methodologies and the Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia. He is co-chair of the Debt Relief for Green and Inclusive Recovery initiative.

Ms Darian McBain
Ms. Darian McBain
Chief Sustainability Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
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Ms. Darian McBain, PhD, is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She has more than 20 years of deep experience in sustainability roles spanning across various sectors. Prior to this she was most recently Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in Thai Union Group, a leading global seafood supplier conglomerate. Ms. McBain holds a PhD in social indicators for global supply chain analysis, MSc in Business Strategy, Politics and Environment, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental). She was recently named as a United Nations SDG Pioneer for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Her previous work includes serving as the Sustainable Procurement Lead for the UK’s National Health Service, advising the United Nations, working with WWF on palm oil and supply risk analysis, and heading her own strategy and sustainability consultancy. She is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Integrated Sustainability Analysis at the University of Sydney, a Director and Board Member of the not-for-profit Be Slavery Free, and a Non-Executive Director for sustainable palm oil producer M.P. Evans, and Advisor to the traceability tech startup Eachmile Technologies. She is a published author and spokesperson on issues relating to sustainability, sustainable finance, business human rights and supply chains.

Ms. Darian’s work has been highly recognized. She is the recipient of the Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award 2018, Ethical Corporation 2018 Responsible Business Leader of the Year, SeaWeb Seafood Leader of the Year for Vision 2019, CSR Asia’s Sustainability Superwomen 2019, Anti-Slavery Australia’s Freedom Award 2019, one of Intrafish’s Seafood Power 100 Most Influential Executives 2020, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business for 2020, Harvard Business Council 2020 International Business Excellence Professional Award, was named a UNGC SDG Pioneer for 2021, Advance Australia Sustainability Award winner for 2021 and most recently awarded the Sustainability Leader by World Sustainability Awards 2021.

Ms. Luying Gan
Ms. Luying Gan
Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets, HSBC
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Ms. Luying Gan is the Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific based in HSBC Hong Kong, specializing in structuring Sustainable Bond and Loans across all sectors. Before moving to Hong Kong, she worked in London for many years, having been at the forefront of Sustainable Financing working with public and private entities in various jurisdiction.

Ms. Luying has led many debut and landmark Sustainable Bond and Loan transactions, including Hong Kong, Republic of Malaysia and Republic of Korea Green and Sustainability Bond, China Construction Bank’s Sustainability Linked bond, and Macquarie Bank Green loan. She helped elevate HSBC’s Sustainable Bond league table position from #5 to #1. 

Prior to joining HSBC in 2013, Ms. Luying worked in Morgan Stanley and EY, responsible for structured product valuation.

Ms. Luying holds a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree from Zhongshan University. She is a CFA charterholder since 2011 and a Chartered Accountant since 2009.

Mr. Michiru Toda
Mr. Michiru Toda
Impact Officer, Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF)
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Mr. Michiru Toda is an Impact Officer for the Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation (SIIF), where he contributes to building theoretical and practical foundations for impact investing in Japan. He supports central ministries and local governments for their social impact bonds projects (SIB, also known as pay for success, PFS). Also, he is the lead author of the flagship report on impact investing published by the GSG Japan National Advisory Board. In addition, he provides social entrepreneurs with hands-on support, especially those who practice “alternative approach” in their business modeling and its administration to realize a new economy that centers on impact, people, solidarity and planet rather than money.

 

Prior to joining SIIF, he worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations, where he supported the ILO’s Centenary Future of Work Initiative and served as a member of Secretariat for the Future of Work Global Commission and G7/G20 meetings, Before that, he was an experienced commercial marketer and marketing researcher in private companies, especially for technology and pharmaceutical businesses in India and Japan. Mr. Toda earned BA in Sociology, Gender Studies (hons) from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the UK.

Alberto Isgut
Mr. Alberto Isgut
Acting Chief, Financing for Development Section Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, UNESCAP
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Alberto Isgut, an economist at the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, has been a lead author of the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific and other flagship publications of UNESCAP since 2008. During this period, he has conducted research on regional economic cooperation and integration, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and financing for development, among other topics. He also edited two books books, one on the impacts of the global financial crisis on selected Asia-Pacific countries and another on unemployment protection and training in Asia and Latin America. In recent times, he has worked on the financing of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, digital finance, and sovereign debt restructuring issues.

Before joining UNESCAP he was Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of Wesleyan University. His research was published in professional economic journals such as the Journal of Development Studies, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the International Journal of Finance and Economics. Dr. Isgut has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Session 5. Human Development Report: Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives

Pedro Conceição
Mr. Pedro Conceicao
Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
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Since January 2019, Pedro Conceição is Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Prior to that, from October 2014, he was Director, Strategic Policy, at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of UNDP, where he co-led the UN’s participation in the G20 Finance and Central Bank Governors Meetings, managed UNDP’s engaged in the Financing for Development processes, and contributed to articulate UNDP’s support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Before that, he was Chief-Economist and Head of the Strategic Advisory Unit at the Regional Bureau for Africa (from 1 December 2009).

Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Development Studies (ODS) from March 2007 to November 2009, and Deputy Director of ODS, from October 2001 to February 2007. His work on financing for development and on global public goods was published by Oxford University Press in books he co-edited (The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges, 2006; Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization, 2003).

 
He has published on inequality, the economics of innovation and technological change, and development in, amongst others journals, the African Development Review, Review of Development Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He co-edited several books including: Innovation, Competence Building, and Social Cohesion in Europe- Towards a Learning Society (Edward Elgar, 2002) and Knowledge for Inclusive Development (Quorum Books, 2001).

Prior to coming to UNDP, he was an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, teaching and researching on science, technology and innovation policy. He has degrees in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico and in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph. D. in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship.

 

 

Ms. Tasneem Mirza
Ms. Tasneem Mirza
Policy Specialist, Human Development Report Office, UNDP
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Ms. Tasneem Mirza is an Economist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she served in several roles. Currently, she is working at the Human Development Report Office as a researcher and co-author of the Human Development Report. Prior to that she worked in the SDG Integration Team, UNDP supporting countries to priorities and make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.  Tasneem also worked at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP providing policy and advisory services to 36 country offices in the region.

Prior to UNDP, Tasneem worked at the Asian Development Bank HQ in Manila, where she initially joined as a Young Professional. There she supported projects and programs to promote trade and economic integration in South Asia and managed the Secretariat for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation jointly with the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. During her graduate school years Tasneem worked at the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) at Purdue University where she also completed her PhD in Economics.

Keisuke Nansai
Mr. Keisuke Nansai
Research Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
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Mr. Keisuke Nansai is Head of the International Material Cycles Section at the Centre for Material Cycles and Waste Management Research of National Institute for Environmental Studies.  His expertise includes environmental input-output analysis, including global material flows, greenhouse gases, and industrial ecology. He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University in Japan. He is a co-chair of the Environmentally-Extended Input-Output Section in International Society for Industrial Ecology, as well as a council member of the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan. Also, he is serving as an associate editor of an academic journal, Resources, Conservation & Recycling. Keisuke is also an editorial board member of Economic Systems Research and Journal of Economic Structures. He has been specializing in environmental systems analyses based on life-cycle thinking, and applying an input-output analysis, life-cycle analysis, material flow analysis and network analysis to environmental and social assessments of technologies, human lifestyle, and policies. Keisuke is a developer of 3EID, the Japanese environmental input-output database that has been widely used for carbon footprint analysis in Japan. His present research interests include the nexus of planetary health and resource productivity, resource criticality of technologies for climate change mitigation/adaptation, and future global material flow harmonized with the planetary health.

Julia Thomas
Prof. Julia Thomas
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
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As an intellectual historian of Japan, Prof. Thomas writes about concepts of nature and the Anthropocene, political thought, historio-graphy, and photography as a political practice. Her most recent books are The Anthropocene: A Multidisciplinary Approach, co-authored with geologists Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams (Polity, 2020), a co-edited collection, Visualizing Fascism: The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right (Duke 2020), and, with Jan Zalasiewicz, Strata and Three Stories (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, 2020). She's currently at work on The Historian's Task in the Anthropocene (under contract with Princeton University Press) and On the Anthropocene: The Science and Stories of an Altered Planet (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

Before joining the history faculty at Notre Dame, Thomas taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received tenure in 2001. She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), the University of Bristol (U.K.), the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, the Universität Heidelberg, and the University of Michigan as well as a member of the University of Wisconsin Humanities Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation "New Directions" Fellowship, the Japan Foundation, the NEH, Mombusho (Japanese Ministry of Education), the Social Science Research Council, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and the ACLS.

Ravi Agarwal
Mr. Ravi Agarwal
Interdisciplinary Practitioner, Founder/Director of Toxics Link
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Mr. Ravi Agarwal is founder director of Toxics Link (www.toxicslink.org) , an environmental NGO based in New Delhi and working on areas of chemical safety, toxics and waste, for over 25 years. He has worked at various levels, including helping formulate polices and regulations for bio medical waste, municipal solid waste, electronic and electrical waste, hazardous waste, chemicals in products, POPS, and to establish several best practice models on the ground. He has been part of several Governmental standards and regulatory committees, and participates in UNEP, EU, WHO forums and related International Conventions. He was also member of the India Resource Panel (InRP) on RE and CE, set up by MOEF&CC, Govt. of India (2017).

 

Ravi, is also an established artist, writer and curator working with photographs-video- installation and public art. Amongst the several important international exhibitions he has been invited to include the Yinchuan Biennial (2018), Kochi Muzaris Biennial (2016), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Indian Highway (2009) and Documenta XI (2002). He co-curated the Yamuna-Elbe project, an Indo German twin city public art and ecology project (2011), Embrace our Rivers an Indo- European project in Chennai (2018). He has edited books (The Crisis of Climate Change, Routledge, 2021; Embrace Our Rivers – Kerber, 2017), journals (Marg- Art and Ecology issue - April 2020, IIC journal Spring 2020), and publishes regularly on art and sustainability (Alien Waters in The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change, 2021).

 

Ravi received the IFCS -WHO Special Recognition Award (2008), and the Ashoka fellowship (1998). He is a communications engineer and MBA by training.

 

Renzo Guinto
Dr. Renzo R. Guinto
Chief Planetary Health Scientist, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia
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Dr. Renzo R. Guinto, MD, is an Associate Professor of Public and Planetary Health at Sunway University. He is concurrently an Associate Professor and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program in St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine in the Philippines. An Obama Asia-Pacific Leader and Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, Dr. Guinto sits in several international boards including The Lancet Planetary Health, Global Health 50/50 (based in University College London) and Climate Cares (based in Imperial College London), as well as in two Lancet Commissions on One Health (based in University of Oslo) and Population Health Post-COVID-19 (led by the Chatham House and University of Cambridge). He has served as consultant for numerous organizations including WHO, World Bank, ASEAN, WHO Foundation, USAID, and IOM.

He obtained his MD from the University of the Philippines and DrPH from Harvard University. In 2020, he was included by Tatler Magazine in its Gen. T List of 400 leaders of tomorrow who are shaping Asia’s future.

Aarathi Krishnan
Ms. Aarathi Krishnan
Strategy Development Advisor, UNDP
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Ms. Aarathi Krishnan specialises in strategic and applied foresight for the humanitarian and development sector. A seasoned expert globally, she works at the intersection of humanitarian and development futures, strategic foresight, and anticipatory institutional transformation. 

 

She is currently the Strategic Foresight Advisor for UNDP, where she is designing the integration of a systems approach to foresight across the Asia Pacific Bureau to build anticipatory capacities, decision making and programmatic offers to see, manage and respond to short and long term risk signals, policies and investments so that development futures can be flourishing for all.

 

Previously she has supported a range of international humanitarian organisations on embedding institutional foresight and global strategy to drive institutional and systems transformation, including the UN Resident Coordinators, UNV, the World Bank, UNHCR, MSF, ICRC and IFRC .

Session 6. Structural Transformation and Inclusive Development: Outlook and Policies

Carlos Gradin
Prof. Carlos Gradín
Research Fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
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Prof. Carlos Gradin is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). He is also professor of applied economics at the University of Vigo.

 

Carlos holds a PhD in economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His main research interest is the study of poverty, inequality and discrimination in both developed and developing countries. He is especially interested in those inequalities that occur between population groups (i.e. by gender, race, or ethnicity). His research deals with enhancing the empirical evidence as well as methodological tools for the measurement and understanding of those issues.

 

His research has been published so far in specialized journals, such as the Journal of Economic Inequality, Review of Income and Wealth, Review of Household Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Regional Studies, Journal of African Economies, and Industrial Relations, among others.

Arief Anshory Yusuf
Prof. Arief Anshory Yusuf
Professor and Founding Director, Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies (SDGs Center), Padjajaran University, Indonesia
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Arief Anshory Yusuf is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, Visiting Professor at Department of International Development of King’s College London, Honorary Senior Lecturer at Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University and a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).

He received his Bachelor in Economics from Padjadjaran University, MSc from University College London, and PhD from the Australian National University. His research focuses on the economic development, particularly on poverty and inequality as well as on the interlinkage between economy and the environment. He is also well-known for his expertise in economic modeling particularly computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling. He is Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies (SDGs Center) of Padjajaran University. Prof. Yusuf is on the editorial board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), a member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Science (ALMI) and the current President of Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA).

 

Guanghua Wan
Prof. Guanghua Wan
Director, Institute of World Economy, Fudan University
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Prof. Guanghua Wan is Director of Institute of World Economy at Fudan University (IWEFU). Prior to IWEFU, he was Principal Economist at the Asian Development Bank, Project Director at UNU-WIDER, and taught in a number of universities in Australia and the People's Republic of China. Trained in development economics and econometrics, he has an outstanding publication record of more than 100 professional articles and a dozen books including two by Oxford University Press. He is an honorary professor at more than ten top institutions in the People's Republic China, including Fudan and Zhejiang Universities.

Prof. Saon Ray
Prof. Saon Ray
Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
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Saon Ray is a Professor with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. An economist specializing in industry and international trade issues, her areas of interest include global value chains, technological upgrading of Indian industries, free trade agreements and trade creation effects, technology transfer, foreign direct investment, efficiency and productivity of firms, financial inclusion, energy, and climate change-related issues. She has published widely on these issues in books and journal articles.

Prof Andy Sumner
Prof. Andy Sumner
Professor of International Development, and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), King’s College
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Andy Sumner is a Professor of International Development in the Department of International Development. He is also Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Strategic Research Network on Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics, King's College London.

He has twenty years’ international research experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published extensively, including ten books and fifty journal papers and book chapters. His most recent books are 'Global Poverty' (2016, Oxford University Press) and 'Development and Distribution' (2018, Oxford University Press).

He was appointed at King’s in 2012 and was a founding Co-Director of the King’s International Development Institute, which later became the Department of International Development. He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and has also held various roles in academic networks, including as a Vice President of, and UK representative to, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) from 2008 to 2014, and as a Council Member of the Development Studies Association, UK and Ireland, from 2000 to 2014.

He holds associate positions at Oxford University; the Center for Global Development, Washington DC; the United Nations University, WIDER, Helsinki; and the Centre for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University, Indonesia.

Sukti Dasgupta
Dr. Sukti Dasgupta
Chief, Employment, and Labour Market Policies Branch, ILO
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Dr. Sukti Dasgupta is Chief, Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch in the ILO in Geneva. She has previously worked at the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok and in the field offices in South Asia and East Asia. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has published widely in the areas of employment, poverty and gender. She has extensive experience in working with policymakers on employment and labour market policies.

Patrik Andersson
Mr. Patrik Andersson
Chief, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, Social Development Division, UNESCAP
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Mr. Andersson is Chief of the Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, Social Development Division, at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He has worked with ESCAP in Bangkok since early 2011 and is responsible for inequality and social protection issues.

 

During the past 25 years, Mr. Andersson has worked extensively on a wide range of social development areas as well as labour market issues. Some of his prior assignments include different positions with the Swedish Government and OECD in Paris.  

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