Upcoming Einaudi Center Roundtable: The Future of the World Bank and the Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks

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The Einaudi Center is pleased to announce an upcoming roundtable discussion on the topic, "The Future of the World Bank and the Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks" featuring several distinguished scholars such as Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, Cornell University; Caroline Freund, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution and Johannes Linn, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution.

The event will be held on April 4th, 2016 at G10 Biotech from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. 

About the Event:

The World Bank was set up by the victorious powers at the end of the second world war as a bank to aid postwar reconstruction and development. Over the last 75 years, new institutions have been set up to assist in economic development, including for example the African Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and, within the last two years, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICs Bank. What is the role of the World Bank in this new world? And what should the architecture of the system of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) look like? A group of international experts with deep experience with the World Banks and MDBs will look ahead and address these crucial questions for emerging economies and the world economy.

About the Panelists: 

Caroline Freund  senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since May 2013, was chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank (2011–13). Prior to that she was lead economist (2009–11) and senior economist (2002–09) in the research department of the World Bank. She was also senior economist at the International Monetary Fund (2006–07) and economist at the Federal Reserve Board (1997–2003). Freund works primarily on economic growth and international trade and also writes on economic issues in the Middle East and North Africa. She has published numerous articles in economics journals, including American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Journal of Development Economics, and has contributed to many edited volumes. Her work has also been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including Business Week, Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. She is on the editorial board of World Bank Economic Review and on the scientific committees of CEPII (Institute for Research of the International Economy, Paris) and the Economic Research Forum (Cairo), and is a member of the US Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee and of the Center for Economic Policy Research. She received a PhD in economics from Columbia University in 1997.

Homi Kharas is a senior fellow and deputy director for the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. Formerly a chief economist in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, Kharas currently studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of a middle class, the food crisis and global governance and the G20. His most recent co-authored/edited books are The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015), Getting to Scale (Brookings Press, 2013), After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011).

Johannes Linn is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He was Director of the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution from 2005 – 2010. Mr. Linn studied law at the Free University, Berlin, Germany. He received his training as an economist at Oxford University, England (BA, 1968), and at Cornell University, USA (PhD, 1972). 

About the Moderator:

Ravi Kanbur researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He is also ranked in the top 0.5% of academic economists in the world. He is President-Elect of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Past-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Chair of the Board of UNU-WIDER, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, and a member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty. 

About Einaudi Center Roundtable Discussions:

The Einaudi Center Roundtable discussions address issues in global affairs that cut across disciplinary areas and/or regions of the world. These public forums are open to faculty, visiting scholars, students and the local community. In the past, topics of discussion have included '20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide,' 'Kurds in the Age of Middle Eastern Revolutions,' 'The EU Financial Crisis – Implications Inside and Outside the Euro-Zone,' and 'Food, politics, and society: Alternative futures.' Read more about these events on the Roundtable Discussions page