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Plenary Speakers & Chairs | 2019 Global Development Conference

Bina Agarwal is the professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. She has been director and professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; president, International Society for Ecological Economics; vice-president, International Economic Association; and president, International Association for Feminist Economics. She has held distinguished positions at Cambridge, Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, New York University School of Law and Princeton University.  She was on the Board of GDN for many years in its formative stages, from 1999. Agarwal has written extensively on land and property rights, agrarian change, environmental governance, farmers’ cooperation, and inequality, especially from a political economy and gender perspective. Her recent books, both from Oxford University Press are Gender and Green Governance (2010) and Gender Challenges (2016), a three-volume compendium of her selected papers, covering Agriculture, Property, and the Environment respectively. Her awards include a Padma Shri from the President of India 2008; the Leontief Prize 2010; and three prizes in 2017: the Order of Agricultural Merit (officer), France; Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize; and the International Balzan Prize. website: www.binaagarwal.com

François Bourguignon is chair of the Global Development Network Board. He is also emeritus professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics and professor of economics, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales. In the past, he has served as the director of the Paris School of Economics, the chief economist and senior vice president, the World Bank, Washington (2003-2007) and as the advisor of the chief economist at Banque Mondiale (1999-2000). Bourguignon was the founder and first director of Delta, Joint Research Unit Cnrs, Ehess et Ens (1988). He is a statistician from École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. François Bourguignon also has a DEA Mathématiques appliquées, Université Paris and a Doctorat d'Etat en économie, Université d'Orléans. His fields of research include income distribution, inequality and poverty, redistribution, economic development and he has authored a number of books related to these issues. He has received several awards and merits for his works.

Joachim von Braun is currently a professor at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, and the president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. He has previously been associated with the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Association of Agricultural Economics. His research addresses international and development economics topics including markets and trade, poverty, health and nutrition, agriculture and science and technology. He is a member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Von Braun has a doctoral degree in agriculture economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Mauricio Cárdenas, an economist, who served, previously, as Colombia’s minister of finance and public credit from 2012 to 2018. He is currently a visiting professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. As finance minister, Cárdenas oversaw a successful adjustment program that preserved high investment rates and produced reductions in poverty and inequality during the oil shock of the mid-2010s. He was previously the chairman of the boards of governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and the chairman of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four (G-24). Holding a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Cárdenas has also twice been the executive director of Fedesarrollo, a think tank in Colombia that conducts research on economic and social policy and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, leading the Latin American Initiative.

Shivani Chaudhry is the executive director of Housing and Land Rights Network India (HLRN), where she has been working since 2004. Prior to this, she worked for five years with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Washington, D.C. She has been working in the field of human rights for twenty years, with a specific focus on economic, social, and cultural rights, especially the human rights to adequate housing, land, livelihood, and the environment. She has been engaged actively with issues related to forced evictions, displacement, homelessness, land rights, the right to the city, disasters, climate justice, discrimination, sustainable development, women’s rights, and human rights education. She has also carried out several human rights education and training workshops and has also contributed to the development of international standards related to housing and land rights.  These include the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Security of Tenure for the Urban Poor and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Shivani Chaudhry holds a bachelors in economics from Bombay University and a masters in environmental studies from Brown University.

Máximo Torero Cullen is the assistant director-general, Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agricultural Organization since January 2019. He has previously been the World Bank Group's executive director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay and has led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His research work lies in analyzing poverty, inequality, the importance of geography and assets in explaining poverty, in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. Torero Cullen holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Jörg Faust is currently director at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval). He has studied business administration, economics, and political science at Mannheim University and has a doctoral degree in political science from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He is also a professor of political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and member of the scientific advisory board for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI). He has numerous scientific and practice-oriented publications in national and international publications and has extensive experience in implementing and managing complex research, consultancy and evaluation projects.

Amanda Glassman is executive vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as chief executive officer of CGD Europe. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016 and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.

María del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo is the deputy minister of planning and economic policy of the Republic of Costa Rica She has formerly been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program and the Barcelona Diputació in subnational participatory planning and human rights tasks. She has also worked as an investigator for the University of Costa Rica, Foundation for Peace and Democracy (Funpadem) and Liberty Park (Parque de la Libertad) in areas such as social policy, participation, information access, economic and political empowerment for vulnerable populations. She holds masters degrees in political science and democratic governance from the University of Costa Rica and in international development from Dublin University.

Susanne Früh is the director of the Internal Oversight Service at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Evaluation Group Chair. In this function, she directs the internal audit, evaluation and investigations functions of UNESCO and is a member of UNESCO's Senior Management Team. She has about 30 years of work experience with seven different UN entities combining operational and management experience with hands-on evaluation, results-based management, and strategic planning expertise. Following work in consulting and program management during her earlier career, she has worked at the senior leadership level in the evaluation functions of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF),1996 - 1999, the World Food Programme (WFP), 1999-2002 and the UN Office for Humanitarian Coordination (UNOCHA), 2002-2007.  Between 2009 and 2014 she was the executive secretary of the Joint Inspection Unit, a subsidiary body to the United Nations General Assembly with a system-wide mandate for evaluation, inspection, and investigations. Susanne Früh is also a member of the American and European Evaluation Associations (AEA, EEA), UN Evaluation Group (UNEG), and an Advisory Board member of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEVAL).

Pierre Jacquet is the fourth president of the Global Development Network (GDN). Formerly chief economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) between 2002 and 2012, he also served as the 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, Pierre Jacquet was president of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and professor of International Economics at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a renowned French graduate engineering school. He has also lectured in various business schools and universities such as INSEAD, Sciences-Po, the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and Ecole nationale d’ Administration (ENA).

Martin Jäger is state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development since March 2018. Prior to this, he was State Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior, Digitisation and Migration, Baden-Württemberg. He has also been the head of political staff and spokesperson to the minister, and the head of global external affairs and public policy at Daimler AG/Mercedes Benz. He holds a masters degree in ethnology, political sciences and philosophy from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez is the executive director of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3ie), a non-profit organization which provides grants for the rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of development projects and programs and supports the use of such evidence in decision-making. He came to 3ie early in 2015 after many years at the World Bank Group where he provided technical expertise and strategic leadership in a number of research and operational positions including as director of the bank’s operational program in human development in its Asia regions from 2000-2012 and as director of public sector evaluations from 2012- 2014. Before joining the bank, Manny Jimenez was on the economics faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Development Effectiveness.

Timothy Lubanga is currently the commissioner for monitoring and evaluation at the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for managing the Country National Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES). He has 20 years’ experience on social protection, especially in fragile and conflict-affected environments. In the last 11 years, he has been at the forefront of developing and managing the Uganda National Monitoring and Evaluation System (NIMES). He has led several policy reforms in monitoring and evaluation in the country and commissioned and managed several evaluations in the public sector in Uganda. He was the team leader of a multi-sectoral team that designed and managed a post-conflict master plan – the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) from 2005 to 2009. Timothy Lubanga holds a bachelor's in economics and a masters in economic policy and planning from Makerere University as well as an MBA from Uganda Martyrs University and St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Uganda Micro-Finance Support Centre, TPO Uganda and Walkway Schools Ltd, and an executive committee member of the Uganda Evaluation Association, and a member of the management committee of Twende Mbele, an African regional program for collaboration on strengthening national evaluation systems.


Dirk Messner is the director of the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany. He is also the co-director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is an internationally recognized expert on the topics of global change and global governance, the evolution of human cooperation, sustainability in the digital age, transformation pathways to sustainable development, decarbonization of the global economy and societal change. Messner is a member of a number of high-ranking policy advisory councils and his engagements include co-chairing the German Advisory Council on Global Change, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany and the Science Platform Sustainability 2030. He previously also served as a member of the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Council and the China Council on Global Cooperation on Development and Environment. He is a member of the Earth League, an alliance of leading sustainability and earth system scholars. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications.


Njuguna Ndung’u is the executive director of the African Economic Research Consortium and was the former governor of the Central Bank of Kenya. He is also an associate professor of economics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He was the first governor in Kenya to complete two terms since the law was put in place in 1982. Prior to his appointment as governor, Njuguna Ndung’u was the director of training at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), a capacity-building network in Africa in economic policy and analytical capacity. He has taught economics at the University of Nairobi, has worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and at the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a government think-tank as a Principal Researcher. This is where he led the team to develop a macro model for Kenya in 2001 and it has been used as a training tool by most countries in eastern and southern Africa region since.

Guillermo Perry is professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia; non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington D.C; and member of several Boards, among them the Global Development Network, Woodrow Wilson Institute (Latin American Advisory Board), FEDESARROLLO and Banco de Bogotá. He was chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank (1996-2007) and held various positions in his home country, Colombia: Minister of Finance and Public Credit (1994 - 1996); Minister of  Mines, and Energy (1986 - 1988); Member of the Constitutional Assembly (1991); Director of FEDESARROLLO (1988 - 1989) and the Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDE), (1972 – 1974).  He has been a visiting professor at the Kennedy School at Harvard University (2010-2011) and Oxford University (1979-1980). Guillermo Perry is author or co-author of more than 20 books and many articles on diverse development issues: growth, inequality, public finance, natural resources and trade. He was a PhD candidate in Economics from MIT (1970-1973).

Jo Puri is the head of the Green Climate Fund's Independent Evaluation Unit. She has 23 years of experience in evaluating research in agriculture, environment, health and infrastructure-related poverty alleviation. Puri has previously worked for the International Initiative of Impact Evaluation (3ie), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Project, and the United Nations Environment Programme. She has published several books and written extensively. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA and research fellow at the Centre for Evaluation and Development (C4ED). She also sits on the boards of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI and the International Center for Evaluation and Development (ICED). Jo Puri has a PhD and a masters in agriculture and resource economics and in development economics.


Jesse Reynolds is an Emmett / Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, procedures, and institutions to manage environmental opportunities and challenges, particularly those involving new technologies. Reynolds is currently exploring the roles of new biotechnologies, such as gene drives, and artificial intelligence in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally. He is also an associate researcher at the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University and a research affiliate at Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Harvard University. Know more.

Jakob Rhyner is currently the scientific director of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/[GAP] Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) and the professor of global change and systemic risks at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Bonn. With a PhD in theoretical physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Rhyner has previously worked with ABB Ltd, the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research and the United Nations University. He was the vice-rector in Europe for the United Nations University and director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). He is a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Group at the UN Secretariat for Disaster Risk Reduction, co-chair of the Governing Council of Future Earth Decade Initiative and was previously on the board of the German Committee for Disaster Prevention.

Imme Scholz is acting director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). From 2009-2018 she had been deputy director, and between 2002-2009 she headed the department on environmental policy and natural resource management at DIE where she introduced work related to climate change into the institute’s research and policy advice activities. She is a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since 2013 and was part of a task force on greening China’s South-South Cooperation. She has published extensively on several topics at the interface of environment and development, including the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, adaptation to climate change, and sustainable forest use. In the 1980s, she studied sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin where she did her doctorate in 1999 after joining DIE in 1992. Between 1999 and 2002, she worked for German Development Cooperation as an environmental policy advisor in the Brazilian Amazon. Copyright: DIE.

Ashok-Alexander Sridharan is the mayor of Bonn since 21 October 2015. He graduated from law school in Bonn in 1995 and since then has pursued his career in local government administration. In his last function, he held the positions of city treasurer and city manager of Königswinter, a neighboring town of Bonn. Mayor Sridharan brings in a broad range of experience in local government administration. As the mayor of Bonn, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan is keen to expand his networks in order to strengthen Bonn as a nationally and internationally successful venue and platform for global sustainability. He is deeply committed to Bonn’s role as Germany’s United Nations City and host to a great number of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Mayor Sridharan was officially elected as the president of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and will lead the ICLEI network of more than 1,500 local and regional governments to building a sustainable future.

Diane Stone is the acting dean and professor in the School of Public Policy at the Central European University. For the past decade, she has split her professional activities between Australia and Europe. In Australia, she is the Centenary Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, in the University of Canberra. Professor Stone is also the consulting editor for Policy and Politics and since 2014 has been a vice president of the International Public Policy Association. Her research is focused on the one hand, with global policy, the 'new diplomacy' and transnational administration; and on the other, with the role of ideas in policymaking, policy transfer, and network governance.

Svenja Schulze is the German Federal Minister for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety. Prior to that she was the North Rhine-Westphalia’s State Minister for Innovation, Science and Research from 2010 to 2017 and has also been the chairwoman of the youth section of the Social Democratic Party in North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied German Studies and Political Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and has also worked as a management consultant specializing in the public sector.

Howard White is the chief executive officer of Campbell Collaboration. He was previously the founding executive director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and has led the impact evaluation program of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group. He started his career as an academic researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. As an academic, he leans towards work with policy relevance and working in the policy field believes in academic rigor as the basis for policy and practice.

L Alan Winters CB is professor of economics and director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory in the University of Sussex, a leading contributor to the debate on Brexit. From 2008 to 2011 he was chief economist at the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and from 2004 to 2007 director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He is the editor of The World Trade Review. Until 2017 he was also chairman of the Board of the Global Development Network, a member of the Council of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of its Research Committee and He has advised, inter alia, various UK government departments, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organization, and the Inter-American Development Bank.


John Young, the executive director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, has spent nearly 40 years working to promote greater use of research-based evidence in development policy and practice. After graduating as a veterinarian, he spent 20 years in Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia developing, implementing and testing new approaches to animal health care, livestock and agricultural production, rural development, and decentralized public services. He also developed and lead the Research and Policy Development Programme at Overseas Development Institute, researching and advising international NGOs and bilateral and multilateral development organizations on research, communication policy engagement and influence, organizational and institutional development, capacity development, and monitoring evaluation and learning.

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