Keynote speakers

Selma Mahfouz
Director of Research, Studies and Statistics
French Ministry of Labour


Selma Mahfouz is director of Research, Studies and Statistics at the French Ministry of Labour. She first worked on macro-econometric models and economic studies at the French Institute for statistics (INSEE). She joined the International Monetary Fund, where she spent five years as an economist working on various countries in the Fiscal Affairs department. She then headed the department “Social and Labour market policies” of the Treasury in the French Ministry of Finance. She also worked intensively on pension reform, at the Pensions advisory council and as advisor for pension reform and social affairs to the French minister of Social Affairs and Health. She was also deputy director of France Stratégie, a public think tank attached to the PM office.


Branko Milanovic
Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center City University of New York and Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Senior Scholar


Branko Milanovic is a Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and a Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)  Senior Scholar. Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, within countries and globally, as well as historically in pre-industrial societies. His most recent book, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization (2016), addresses economic and political issues of globalization. It was translated in eleven languages and awarded the 2017 Bruno Kreisky Prize and 2018 Hans Matthöfer Prize. Branko was awarded (jointly with Mariana Mazzucato) the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Knowledge. 



‌‌Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape
General Director at the National Laboratory of Public Policy (LNPP)
Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)  


Eduardo Sojo is General Director at the National Laboratory of Public Policy (LNPP) at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) since January 2016. The LNPP is a unique facility in Mexico devoted to applied research that combines data sciences, behavioral economics and collective intelligence to solve public problems with the highest academic standards. Previously he was President of the Board and Executive President of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI), leading the Institute in its initial stage as constitutional autonomous entity of the Mexican State. During his tenure the National System of Statistics and Geography was created, important projects were successfully conducted as the 2010 National Population and Housing Census, the 2009 and 2014 Economic Censuses and the Census of Schools, Students and Teachers of Basic Education of Mexico, and new responsibilities were assumed by INEGI, among them, the estimation of the National Consumer Price Index.