Scientific Committee Members

Jaime Saavedra Chanduví | Minister of Education, Peru

Jaime Saavedra is a doctor in Economics from Columbia University and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is currently Peru’s Minister of Education. During the last ten years, he occupied different management positions at the World Bank including Acting Vice-president of the Economic Management and Poverty Reduction Division and Global Director of the Poverty Reduction and Equity. Saavedra worked as Executive Director and Senior Researcher in the areas of employment, income inequality and economics for education at the Group for the Analysis of Development, an independent research center in Lima, Perú. He has been a member of the Board of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Consultant and Researcher at the World Bank, IDB, ECLAC, United Nations, ILO and Ministries of Education, Industry and Labor of Peru. He has also been an Economics Professor in local and foreign universities.


Anindya Chaudhuri, Senior Economist | Global Development Network

Anindya Chaudhury is Senior Economist at the Global Development Network (GDN), where he oversees the economic foundations of research capacity building programs in developing countries. His own research focuses broadly in the areas of human capital, information systems, and public services delivery mechanisms. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from The University of Texas at Austin, USA, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics from Jadavpur University, India.

Santiago Cueto: Research Director | GRADE

Santiago Cueto holds a degree in Educational Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a PhD in the same field from Indiana University in the United States. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California at Davis, where he worked with Dr. Ernesto Pollitt, as well as at the University of Oxford. He is currently Research Director at GRADE, where he coordinates the Peru component of the international study Young Lives. He is also a member of the National Education Council in Peru and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Católica University in Lima. He has been,the President of the Peruvian Educational Research Society and has worked as a consultant of international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and UNESCO. His main areas of research are education and human development, particularly within poverty contexts. In 2003, at the Global Development Network’s (GDN) Annual Conference, one of his studies was awarded the prize for best research project in the Education, Knowledge and Technology category. In 2010, the Psychology Association of Peru granted him the National Psychology Award.

Máiréad Dunne, Professor of Sociology of Education | University of Sussex

Máiréad is Professor of Sociology of Education. Her research interests are with social inequalities in the Global south. A recognition of the workings of power in global, national, regional, local and domestic relations is central to her research. Máiréad uses theories from sociology, cultural studies, geography and education to explore the implications of dominant power positions & norms for identities (gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status), place and space (global, national, institutional) and the production of knowledge (research, policy, practice).

Máiréad's concerns are for reflexive research and theoretical development through contextually located and multi-perspectival explorations of educational policy, institutions and practices using mixed methods approaches. She has used this approach to explore issues of inclusion; school access and quality; gender; sexuality; conflict; poverty and decentralisation.

Ariel Fiszbein: Senior Fellow & Program Director, Education | Inter-American Dialogue

Ariel Fiszbein is the director of the Education Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. Prior to joining the Dialogue, Fiszbein was chief economist for the World Bank’s Human Development Network, where he has helped develop strategies for work worldwide on education, health, nutrition, population, social protection, and labor. Fiszbein has over 20 years of experience working on education and other social policy issues in Latin America and globally. A native of Argentina, he has a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley

Pierre Jacquet: President | Global Development Network

Pierre Jacquet is the President of the Global Development Network (GDN). Formerly Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) between 2002 and 2012, he also served as its Executive Director in charge of strategy from 2002 to 2010. Preceding AFD, he was Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (IFRI), where he was responsible for the economic program and was Chief Editor of IFRI's quarterly review Politique Etrangère. From 1994 to 2012, he was President of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and Professor of International Economics at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His major research interests are in international relations and issues, international economics, collective action and policymaking, development, the provision of global public goods, trade and finance, and sustainable development. He has published more than 80 articles or book chapters and 200 press columns, and co-authored the textbook Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010). 

Hugo Ñopo: Senior Researcher | GRADE

Hugo Ñopo holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University (Evanston Illinois), a MsSc in Mathematical Economics from the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and two college degrees, one in Mathematics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Perú) and another in Systems Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (Lima, Perú).

Hugo is currently a Senior Researcher at GRADE. He has been the Lead Economist of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and previously researcher of its research Department. Before joining the IDB he was Assistant Professor at Middlebury College, affiliated Researcher at GRADE and advisor at the Ministry of Labor and Social Promotion in Peru.

Hugo actively maintains a broad research agenda based in two main topics: education and labor markets, with a special focus on gender and ethnic inequalities. His research work has been published in different specialized academic journals and books ( Currently he is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.

Emiliana Vegas: Chief of the Education Division | Inter-American Development Bank

Since September 2012, Emiliana Vegas is the Chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she leads a team of 30-40 professionals working in the Bank’s lending operations and analytical activities to support education systems throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Between September 2001 and August 2012, Ms. Vegas worked at The World Bank in Washington, DC, where she held various positions in the Human Development Network, her latest being Lead Economist and Human Development Sector Leader for Central America, and Lead Economist in the Education Unit of the Human Development Department. She has managed lending operations and applied research on regional and global education policy issues, including early childhood development, teacher policies and school finance systems and is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and institutional reports. Her books include The Promise of Early Childhood Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (2010, The World Bank Press, co-authored with LucreciaSantibáñez), Raising Student Learning in Latin America: The Challenge for the 21st Century (2007, The World Bank Press, co-authored with Jenny Petrow) and Incentives to Improve Teaching: Lessons from Latin America (2005, The World Bank Press, Editor).

Ms. Vegas has a doctorate in education from Harvard University with a concentration in economics of education, a master’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.

L. Alan Winters, Chair of the GDN Board | University of Sussex

Alan Winters is Professor of Economics, University of Sussex, United Kingdom and Chair of the Board at the Global Development NetworkBefore this, he was Chief Economist at the Department for International Development (DFID), London. He is a Research Fellow and former Program Director of CEPR, London, and Fellow of IZA, Munich. He has been recently appointed as an ESRC Council Member. He is also the editor of the World Trade Review. Prof. Winters has had a long association with the World Bank. He was Director of the Development Research Group (2004-07), Division Chief and Research Manager (1994-99) and Economist (1983-85) in the Bank. He has also advised, inter alia, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Inter-American Development Bank. Prof. Winters has published over 200 articles and 30 books in areas such as regional trading arrangements, non-tariff barriers, European integration, transition economies' trade, international labor mobility, agricultural protection, trade and poverty, and the world trading system.

Gustavo Yamada, Prinicipal Professor and Researcher | Universidad del Pacifico, Lima

Gustavo Yamada is Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University, and Principal Professor and Researcher at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru. He is also Director at the Central Bank and the National Education Council of Peru. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Finance, Viceminister of Labor, Senior Economist at Inter-American Development Bank, and Fiscal Economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Gustavo has written extensively on labor, poverty, education and social issues in Peru and abroad, including books, book chapters, and papers in World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, International Journal of Manpower, Información Comercial Española, Review of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, El Trimestre Económico, and Apuntes.



The conference is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Peru and the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE)

Pierre Jacquet, President of the Global Development Network welcomes participants to the 17th Annual Global Development Conference, and explains why it is important. [Video: approx 2 mins] 

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