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Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. He then served as Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit from January 1998 to December 2000. He steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Olusegun Obasanjo (Former President of Nigeria)
Olusegun Obasanjo served as President of Nigeria from 1999 until 2007. Upon leaving office, he oversaw the first civilian handover of power in Nigeria from one democratically elected leader to another. Mr. Obasanjo has played a pivotal role in the regeneration and repositioning of the African Union with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
He has consistently supported the deepening and widening of regional co-operation through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Co-prosperity Alliance Zone. He has at different times served as Chairman of the Group of 77, Chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Chairman of the African Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee on NEPAD. He currently serves on the African Progress Panel to monitor and promote Africa‘s development.
Erik Solheim (Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee)
Erik Solheim took the lead of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in January 2013. From 2007 to 2012 he held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development; he also served as Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2007.
During his time as Minister, Mr. Solheim emphasised the importance of conflict prevention, highlighted capital, taxation and business as engines of development, and sought to integrate development assistance into overall foreign policy. He brought Norwegian aid up to 1 % of GDP, making it with Sweden the highest in the world. Mr. Solheim cites as one of his most important achievements his role in establishing the UN REDD, the global program to conserve the world rain forests. He also initiated Norwegian partnership with countries such as Brazil, Guyana and Indonesia. He has received several related awards, including the United Nations Environment Programme’s “Champion of the Earth” award.
Jon Lomøy (Director, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate)
Jon Lomøy was appointed Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) in April 2010. As Director, he has worked to strategically lead and orient DCD’s work to ensure that it continues to play a key role in shaping policies that promote sustainable development in support of the Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Lomøy has devoted his professional career to development.
He has held senior positions at the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) from 1989 to 1996, including as Head of the Eastern Africa Division, and Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Department. He was responsible for the management of bilateral development co-operation with Africa and initiated a major reorganisation of the department to decentralise programmes and enhance work on general policy issues. As Ambassador of Norway to Zambia from 1996 to 2000, he also managed bilateral development programmes, including education and governance.
Mario Pezzini (Director, OECD Development Centre)
Mr. Pezzini, an Italian national, joined the OECD in 1995 as Principal Administrator in charge of work on Distressed Urban Areas. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Head of the OECD Rural Development Programme. He then served as Head of the Regional Competitiveness and Governance Division in the Public Governance and Territorial Directorate from 1999 to 2006, promoting regional development, regional policy effectiveness and multi-level governance. Mr. Pezzini held the position of Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Directorate from February 2007 to July 2010. He was appointed Director of the Development Centre in July 2010.
Gyan Chandra Acharya (Under Secretary-General and High Representative for UN-OHRLLS)
Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya of Nepal was appointed to the position of Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on 5 September 2012.
While acting as Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Mr. Acharya served as Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Group of Least Developed Countries and contributed to the successful conclusion of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries as well as the follow-up process. He was also closely involved in the 2010 Millennium Development Goals mid-term review process and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held recently in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Mok Mareth (Senior Minister, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia)
His Excellency Dr. Mok Mareth was appointed Chief of Fishery Office, Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, and Member of Planning Committee of Phnom Penh Municipality in 1979. He was appointed as Permanent Deputy Governor and Chairman of Planning Committee of Phnom Penh Municipality in 1980. Dr. Mareth was then assumed the position of Vice Minister of the Ministry of agriculture, Fishery and Forestry in 1989 before being appointed First Vice Chairman of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee in 1993. He served as Secretary of State for the Secretariat of Environment and Minister for the Ministry of Environment from 1993 to 2004. Dr. Mareth was then appointed as Senior Minister and Minister of Environment in 2004.
Through his extensive experience, Dr. Mok Mareth has come to thoroughly understand the protection and management of natural resources. He is absolutely committed to achieving the development policy set by the Government of Cambodia in order to ensure the sustainability of the environment and development in contributing to poverty alleviation in Cambodia.
Otaviano Canuto (Vice President and Head of PREM Network, World Bank)
Otaviano Canuto was appointed Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network in May 2009. The PREM Network is a division of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, poverty reduction and analytic work for the World Bank’s client countries. Dr. Canuto provides strategic leadership and direction on economic policy formulation in the area of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance. He is involved in managing the Bank’s overall interactions with key partner institutions including the IMF, the OECD and regional development banks.
Dr. Canuto served as the Vice President for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank from 2007 to 2009. He has lectured widely and written on economic growth, financial crisis management, and regional development, with recent work on financial crisis and economic growth in Latin America.
Sabina Alkire (Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative [OPHI])
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research has included conceptual work related to the capability approach and human development; the methodologies and applications of multidimensional poverty measurement, and the measurement of well-being, gross-national-happiness, and agency/empowerment. Publications include ‘Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction’, as well as numerous articles in Philosophy and Economics. In addition, she is also a Research Associate at Harvard and Vice President of the Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA). She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. You can read more about her work via this blog.
Abdalla Hamdok (Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)
Dr. Hamdok was appointed the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in 2011. He is a Policy Analyst/ Economist with over twenty five years experience in addressing development challenges in Africa at the national, sub-regional and continent-wide levels. Over the years he has developed an interest in policy-oriented research and analysis, focusing on issues of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration and resource management. He is the primary author of many publications on Africa development challenges, including governance and other related issues.
Previous positions Dr. Hamdok has held in UNECA include: Director of the Governance and Public Administration Division (2009–11) and Director of the NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (2008–09). He has a PhD and a Master's in Economics from the School of Economic Studies of the University of Manchester.
Emele Duituturaga (Global Co-Chair, CPDE)
Emele Duituturaga is a Fiji national and the Honorary Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), a regional coordinating body for national umbrella NGOs. As the Executive Director of PIANGO, Emele had been actively involved as Co-Chair of the global Open Forum for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Development Effectiveness and co-led CSO engagement at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, Korea in December 2012. She is one of the 4 global Co-Chairs of the newly formed CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE - replaced BetterAid and Open Forum).
Emele is a gender expert, social policy analyst and a keen political observer with a wide and varied background in public sector management, social policy, community development, research and training; gender and development, business administration and corporate management, and development banking. She has experience working in the public, private and civil society sectors.
Miguel Veiga-Pestana (Vice President, Global External Affairs and Media Relations, Unilever)
Miguel Veiga-Pestana, Vice-President of Global External Affairs and Media Relations at Unilever, is responsible for managing engagement with global stakeholders, any issues and crises, and media relations. When he first joined Unilever in November 2001, he helped to establish the EU External Affairs office in Brussels.
He is actively involved in a range of business organisations, including the World Economic Forum, the Executive of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), UN Global Compact LEAD and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI). He also has more than 25 years of communication experience and has previously held several public affairs positions in Belgium, the UK and the US.
Peter Moors (Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Belgium)
Peter Moors has served as the Director General for Development Cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation since 2007.
Mr. Moors joined the Diplomatic Service in 1988 and served at the Belgian Embassies in Prague (1990-1993) and Rabat (1993-1996) and at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union (1996-1999). He then joined the Prime Minister’s Office, where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Diplomatic Advisor from 1999 to 2001 and as Head of the Policy Unit and Diplomatic Advisor from 2002 to 2004. He was appointed Ambassador to Greece and served in Athens from 2004 tol 2007. Mr Moors has a Master's in Germanic Philology (1983), a Bachelor's in Political and Social Sciences (1984), and a diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (1986).
Kim Sung-Hwan (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea)
Mr. Kim is a member of the High-Level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. He is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Republic of Korea (2010-13) and his previous positions include Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (from March 2008) and Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security (2008-10). He also has held a number of ministerial and senior diplomatic posts representing the Republic of Korea, including Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2002-05) and Austria (2006-08) and other foreign posts to India, the Russian Federation and the United States.
Xu Huaqing (Deputy Director General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation)
Xu Huaqing is the Deputy Director General of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC). He previously served as the Assistant Director General of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission. His research focuses on strategies and policies related to energy, the environment and climate change, and he has served as team leader of numerous research projects.
He was a Lead Author for the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and served as Review Editor for the Fourth Assessment Report. He was also the National Project Coordinator for “Enabling China to Prepare Its Initial National Communication”, supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). As a delegate of the Government of China, Mr. Xu has participated in the Conferences of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2000. He studied thermal energy engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology and environmental engineering at Tsinghua University.
Duncan Green (Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam Great Britain; author of From Poverty to Power)
Dr. Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam Great Britain, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He is author of From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World, and he keeps a daily development blog on the Oxfam website.
Dr. Green previously served as Oxfam’s Head of Research, a Visiting Fellow at University of Notre Dame, a Senior Policy Adviser on Trade and Development at the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), a Policy Analyst on Trade and Globalisation at CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, and Head of Research and Engagement at the Just Pensions Project on socially responsible investment. He is the author of several books on Latin America, including Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2003, 2nd edition), Faces of Latin America (2012, 4th edition) and Hidden Lives: Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean (1998).
Ahmed Lahlimi Alami (Head of High Commission of Planning, Morocco)
Ahmed Lahlimi Alami has spent over 30 years as a senior public servant. As the Head of the High Commission of Planning, he has overseen “Morocco 2030”, the review of how Morocco might look in 2030, since 2003. Prior positions he has held include: Minister of Social Economy, of SMEs and Craft Industry in charge of the General Affairs of the Government (1998-2002); President of the Abderrahim Bouabid Foundation for Science and Culture (1996-98); Secretary General of the Tourism Ministry in 1971 and of the Planning and Regional Development Department in 1973; and Deputy General Director of the Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole (CNCA) in 1974.
He also has extensive international experience, having served as Director of the General Secretariat of the Arabic-African Union (1985-86) and worked as a consultant for the Investment Centre of FAO, IDAF and the World Bank on development projects in several Arab and African countries from 1980 to 1992. He obtained his master’s degree in economic geography from the University of Bordeaux in 1966.
Heather Grady (Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation)
Heather Grady is Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation. She oversees the Foundation's grant making through Initiatives on issues ranging from climate change, agriculture and health to transportation, impact investing and employment, and through additional programmatic areas including Program Related Investments and philanthropic sector activities.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Grady was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. Throughout her career Ms. Grady managed international development and humanitarian programs with Oxfam Great Britain and other global organizations, living and working for over twenty years in a diverse range of settings including China, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Sudan and Viet Nam. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.
Pawel Wojciechowski (Governing Board Chair, OECD Development Centre; Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD)
Ambassador Paweł Wojciechowski took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD in August 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Development Centre. Mr. Wojciechowski has academic, corporate and government experience. From March 2009 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD, Mr. Wojciechowski was Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, responsible for economic co-operation and development.
From 2007 to 2009 he headed the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, and in 2006, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Finance, earlier serving as economic advisor to the Prime Minister. From 1995 to 2005, he worked as CEO of three financial institutions, including Allianz Polska PTE S.A. for six years.
Alan Hirsch (Professor/Director, Policy and Practice Graduate School, University of Cape Town)
Alan Hirsch worked as an economics lecturer and economic policy research director at the University of Cape Town from 1984 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1995. He joined the Department of Trade and Industry in 1995 and occupied several senior positions focused on industry and technology policy before joining the Policy Unit as Chief Economist in 2002. He led the negotiations team for South Africa for its first World Bank loan in 1998, and starting in 1994, he led the first negotiations with the EU for a trade and development agreement.
He is a member of several boards, including the Business Trust and, until recently, the Denel group board, and was chair of Denel Aviation. He is on the board of the think tank Trade and Industry Policy Strategies. Hirsch has published widely on trade and industrial policy issues, including the book Season of Hope - Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki. Born in Cape Town and educated in South Africa and the US, Mr. Hirsh has degrees in Economics, Economic History and History from University of Cape Town, Wits University and Columbia University. He also trained at Georgetown University and was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School.
Pierre Jacquet (President, Global Development Network)
Pierre Jacquet assumed the position of fourth President of the Global Development Network (GDN) on 16 July 2012. Prior to his appointment as President of GDN, he had served as Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) since 2002. Mr. Jacquet also served as the Executive Director in charge of strategy from 2002 to 2010.
Other positions Mr. Jacquet has held include Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (IFRI), President of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and Professor of International Economics at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a French graduate engineering school. He is a member of the Cercle des Economistes and a member of the Economic Council for Sustainable Development, an advisory council within the French Ministry for Environment. Beyond his main activities, he also received a mission from the President of the French Republic to make proposals for the G20 to help developing countries better respond to food price volatility.
Millicent Gay Buenaseda Tejada (Chief of the Statistical Programs, Policies and Advocacy Division, National Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines)
Ms. Tejada is Chief of the Statistical Programs, Policies and Advocacy Division of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Government of the Philippines. She has been working with the NSCB for almost 15 years. She has extensive experience in management and co-ordination of statistical programmes and activities within the Philippine's Statistical System as well as, among others, national statistical policy formulation, statistical programme monitoring and co-ordination, statistical advocacy and communication and data analysis. Ms. Tejada has a Master's in Public Administration and a Master's in Development Management.
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury (Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Bangladesh)
Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the Minister of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh. She is a member of the 9th Parliament of Bangladesh and the Central Committee of Bangladesh Awami League. Dr. Chaudhury is also a member of the Standing Committee in Parliament relating to Rules of Procedure. She is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Enrolled with Bangladesh Bar Council, she has been a practicing lawyer for the last sixteen years. Dr. Chaudhury was a panel lawyer for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from 2008 to 2009, and she has also involved in the preparatory sessions of finalising the Law on Domestic Violence in Bangladesh.
Dr. Chaudhury was the Chair of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG) from 2010 to 2011, and she is now a member of CGPMG Executive Committee. She was awarded Asia Society’s Humanitarian Service Award in June 2010 in recognition of her role as a leader in advocating the elimination of violence against women and mainstreaming women’s empowerment and employment in Bangladesh.
Trinh Cong Khanh (Director of Ethnic Minority Policy Department, Committee of Ethnic Minority Affairs, Viet Nam)
Mr. Trinh Cong Khanh has 25 years of experience in formulating, steering and implementing policies, programmes and projects covering ethnic minorities in and around mountainous areas in Viet Nam. In 2010, he was appointed the Director of the Ethnic Policy Department of Viet Nam's Committee of Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA).
He has served as Managing Director for a number of steering committees for government-funded development projects as well as ODA-funded projects under the auspices of the UNDP and ADB. He has also been involved in researching and formulating ethnic development projects and in conducting policy consultations and advocacy work related to ethnic minorities for the Viet Nam Government. He has many years of experience working and co-operating with central agencies as well as steering ministries and local departments on ethnic minority affairs.
Charlotte Bué (Policy Officer, DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission)
Charlotte Bué is a Policy Officer at DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid (European Commission), where she manages the European Report on Development (ERD) project. Prior to joining the European Commission, she was a Research Assistant at the European University Institute in Florence as part of the ERD 2010 team. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations from Sciences-Po Paris.
Hildegard Lingnau (Senior Counsellor, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate)
Ms. Lingnau contributes to the Development Co-operation Directorate’s (DCD) analytical work and provides strategic guidance. She is leading the DCD work on “Re-imagining development and development cooperation post 2015” and coordinates the post-2015 work in the OECD at large.
A German national, Ms. Lignau qualified as a Professor at Siegen University where she continues to lecture international relations. She holds a PhD (Dr.rer.pol.) in Economics and a Masters (Diplom) in Political Science from the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin.
James Mackie (Team Leader, European Report on Development)
James Mackie is a specialist on EU development policy with a 30 year career in international development co-operation. In January 2012, under European Centre for Development Policy Management's (ECDPM) new 5-year Strategy, he was appointed as a Senior Adviser on EU Development Policy. He is also a member of ECDPM’s Management Team. He has served as one of ECDPM's Heads of Programme since he joined ECDPM in 2002. His most recent programme responsibility was as head of the former Development Policy and International Relations (DPIR) Programme.
Dr. Mackie is also a Visiting Professor at the International Relations and Diplomacy Department of the College of Europe in Bruges. James Mackie developed his knowledge of EU development cooperation while working for ten years as Secretary-General of the NGDO-EU Liaison Committee in Brussels (now CONCORD), the umbrella organisation of EU development NGOs representing their interests to European Institutions.
Stephan Klingebiel (Department Head, Bilateral and Multilateral Development Policy, German Development Institute)
Dr. Stephan Klingebiel is Department Head of Bilateral and Multilateral Development Policy at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / DIE). Before joining DIE in 1993, he was aresearcher at the University of Duisburg (Institute for Development and Peace).
He worked as Director of the KfW Development Bank office in Kigali, Rwanda from 2007 to 2011 and dealt with development co-operation issues. His research and university teaching focuses on political economy of aid, aid and development effectiveness, political economy and governance issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, and crisis prevention and conflict management. Dr. Klingebiel is a regular Visiting Professor at Stanford University (Bing Overseas Studies Program, Cape Town).
Claire Melamed (Head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequaility Programme, ODI)
Claire Melamed is the Head of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique, and taught at the University of London and the Open University.
Claire's current research interests are on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of a post-MDG international agreement on development, focusing specifically on the following questions: how an analysis of equity can improve our understanding of poverty and how to end it, how to design policies to ensure that the benefits of growth are distributed to poor people, and how to make inequality visible to policy makers through better data.
Martine Durand (Chief Statistician and Director of OECD Statistics Directorate)
Martine Durand was appointed Chief Statistician and Director of the OECD Statistics Directorate in 2010. She is responsible for providing strategic orientation for the OECD's statistical policy and oversees all of the OECD's statistical activities. She previously served as Deputy-Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.
Martine Durand joined the OECD in 1983 as an economist in the Economics Department. She later worked on the OECD Economic Surveys of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She was appointed Senior Economist in 1991, heading the team responsible for ensuring world consistency of OECD projections published twice yearly in the OECD Economic Outlook. Between 1994 and 1997 she was responsible for preparing general assessments of economic and policy developments in OECD Member countries for publication in the OECD Economic Outlook. During that period, she also assumed the G-10 Secretariat responsibilities, in collaboration with representatives from the IMF and the BIS.
Khalid Soudi (Head of Research on Poverty and Inequality, High Commission for Planning, Morocco)
Khalid Soudi is a specialist in the measurement and analysis of living conditions at the High Commission for Planning (HCP). Throughout his professional career, he has developed an expertise in the analysis of human development issues, particularly in well-being, social cohesion and human progress. He has also conducted empirical research on the conceptualisation of multidimensional measures and the analysis of poverty, inequality and social fairness. Since 2011, he has worked on many issues related to the conceptualisation of work on well-being, quality of life and the establishment of a framework in order to improve the reflection undertaken in these areas.
As Head of the Department of Research and Analysis on Vulnerable Groups, he has overseen several publications on poverty, inequalities and social fairness in Morocco.Khalid Soudi graduated with degrees in demography (1999) and statistics (1991) from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (Rabat).
Professor Allister McGregor (Leader of the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team, Institute of Development Studies)
Professor Allister McGregor is Leader of the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team at the Institute of Development Studies. He is an anthropologist and economist by training and has used this background to study the impacts of development policies and projects on poverty. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in South and Southeast Asia and has also worked in Africa and Latin America. His work on poverty and vulnerability has addressed a range of different development policy issues, including governance and civil society, credit and debt, and natural resource management.
He was the Director of the UK ESRC Research Group on Well-being in Developing Countries (WeD) from 2002 to 2008 and has recently worked with the Rockefeller Foundation on the roles of international development agencies and philanthropic organisations in promoting human well-being in an uncertain and crisis prone 21st century. He is the author of numerous academic articles as well as commissioned reports, and was lead contributing author and co-editor of Wellbeing in Developing Countries. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Gerardo Leyva (Deputy Director General for Research, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico)
Gerardo Leyva is currently the Deputy Director General for Research at the National Statistics and Geography Institute of Mexico (INEGI). He has 16 years of professional experience at INEGI, where he has worked as Analyst, Advisor to the President, Director of Economic and Agricultural Censuses, Deputy Director General of Economic Statistics and, from 2009 to this date, Deputy Director General of Research.
He studied economics in Mexico and got his Ph. D. from Cornell University. He was a member of the UN group of experts on poverty measurement known as the “Rio Group” and was also a member of the “Technical Committee for the Measuring of poverty in Mexico”. He has participated in a number of international groups of experts on statistical measurement, including the Voorburg Group for the measurement of the services sector. He is a fellow of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives, and is member of its Committee of Economic Studies. He is the Technical Editor of “Reality, Data and Space: International Journal of Statistics and Geography”.
Johannes P. Jütting (Manager, Paris21)
Johannes Jütting is Manager of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) – a partnership hosted at the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate with the vocation to promote statistical capacity development in developing countries.
Prior to joining PARIS21 in 2012, Mr. Jütting was the Head of the Poverty Reduction Unit at the OECD Development Centre, where he worked mainly on employment and informality as well as social protection and gender. His work at the Development Centre also involved creating Wikigender and the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Before joining the OECD in 2002, Mr. Jütting was a Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research in Bonn (ZEF), where he directed a research group on poverty (1997-2002). He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Humboldt University (Berlin) and received his habilitation in development economics from the University of Bonn.
Espen Beer Prydz (Consultant, Cambodia)
Espen Beer Prydz works on poverty analysis, statistics and economic policy and is passionate about applying technological innovation to tackling development challenges. He is based in Cambodia and has previously worked in South Sudan, Indonesia and Kenya.
Mr. Prydz is currently doing consulting work with various organisations, including the World Bank and PARIS21. Previously, he has worked on poverty issues and impact evaluation with the OECD Development Centre, the Poverty Action Lab and UNDP. Mr. Prydz is a Norwegian national and holds an Master's in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science from the London School of Economics. To read more about his work, visit his blog here.
Amina J. Mohammed (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning)
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning. She is also the CEO/Founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York. Prior to that, Ms. Mohammed served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three Presidents over a period of six years.
In 2005 she was charged with the co-ordination of the debt relief funds (USD 1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. From 2002 tp 2005, Ms. Mohammed served as co-ordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project. Prior to this, she served as Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors (1991-2001) and worked with the architectural engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK (1981-1991).