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Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/16:30-17:30 GMT or convert time
Location: MC-2-800, World Bank HQ & Online

Salman "Sal" Khan will talk about how he founded the not-for-profit Khan Academy and how the organization is educating millions of people worldwide. Sal will also share his thoughts on what education reimagined could look like and how his dream of "providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere" could become a reality.

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Date: Monday & Tuesday, June 20 & 21, 2016
Day 1 Times: 9-10:15 a.m. ET/13:00-14:15 GMT & 2-3 p.m ET/18:00-19:00 GMT
Day 2 Times: 9-10 a.m. ET/13:00-14:00 GMT & 12:30-2pm ET/16:30-18:00 GMT
Location: World Bank HQ, Preston Auditorium & Online

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on June 20-21, 2016 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Data and Development.”

World Bank Live Streaming Schedule:

Monday June 20th (Times in ET)

09:00–09:15
Opening Remarks
Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank)

09:15–10:15
Keynote Address 1: Big Data and Economic Measurement: What a Billion Prices say about Inflation and Exchange Rates?
Chair: Haishan Fu (Director, Development Data Group, World Bank)
Speaker: Roberto Rigobón (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States)

14:00–15:00

Keynote Address 2: Machine Learning and Development | Preston Auditorium
Chair: William Maloney (World Bank)
Speaker: Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University, United States)

Tuesday June 21st (Times in ET)

09:00–10:00
Keynote Address 3: Thick Description in Empirical Economics
Chair: 
Asli Demirguc-Kunt (Director, Development Research Group, World Bank)
Speaker: Jonathan Morduch (New York University)

12:30–14:00
Panel: The Value of Data
Chair: Shanta Devarajan (Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region,World Bank)
Panelists: 
Pieter Everaers (Director of A- Cooperation, European Statistical System, Eurostat), Haishan Fu (Director, Development Data Group, World Bank), and Justin Wolfers (Professor, University of Michigan, United States)


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Salman Khan

Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy is a learning platform which includes instructional videos, practice exercises, dashboard analytics and teacher tools that empower learners in and outside of the classroom to study at their own pace.

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Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 9-11 a.m. ET/13:00-15:00 GMT or convert time
Location: Online

Would you like to have a real impact on poverty reduction, have a global career and a global reach, work with a truly diverse group, work in teams to bring sustainable solutions to our clients, and work in a place of excellence? If so, consider joining the World Bank Group through the Young Professionals Program (YPP). This program is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. On June 16th, World Bank Group representatives from Human Resources as well as Young Professionals in the program will take your questions live.

For more than 52 years, the Young Professionals Program has been the preeminent program preparing global development leaders. It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others. To be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.

We value diversity in our workplace, and encourage qualified women and men with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Since its inception, the YP program has hired over 1,800 people who hold or have held positions ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank's operations and policies.

For more information and to apply, visit the YPP website and submit your application between June 15 and July 27, 2016.

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Pieter Everaers

Pieter Everaers (1954) is Director of Directorate A- Cooperation in the European Statistical System; International Cooperation; Resources at DG Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. Since 2012 he is in this position managing the human and financial resources and the legal affairs, the planning and evaluation of the statistical programme as well as the governance in the European Statistical System. In this position he is also responsible for the support program to Greek statistics.

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Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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Jonathan Morduch

Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Morduch’s research focuses on poverty and finance. His current work studies the financial lives of low-income families in the United States, a focus that extends the approach of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton 2009). Morduch is the co-author of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press 2010) and Economics, an introductory text from McGraw-Hill.

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Sendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan is the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He has worked on poverty, behavioral economics and a wide variety of topics such as: the impact of poverty on mental bandwidth; whether CEO pay is excessive; using fictitious resumes to measure discrimination; showing that higher cigarette taxes makes smokers happier; modeling how competition affects media bias; and a model of coarse thinking. His latest research focuses on using machine learning to better understand human behavior.

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Roberto Rigobon

Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA.

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Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 9-11:00 a.m. ET/13:00-15:00 GMT or convert time
Location: World Bank HQ & Online

The Global Youth Forum 2016 aims to move the youth agenda forward by building a sustainable Global Partnership for Youth in Development, comprising entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations who understand that young people are central to the development process. This Partnership will be the source for evidence, diagnostic and analytical tools for effective program design, and cutting-edge research required to understand how to overcome the enormously complex constraints and problems facing young people today.

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