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Spring Meetings 2015

April 07, 2015

CSIS will host World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim for a public address on what can be done to end extreme poverty by the year 2030 and key lessons from the last half century.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
John J. Hamre
President and CEO, Center for Strategic & International Studies

April 15, 2015

Join us for a live discussion where panelists will address the need for a new social contract to meet the demands of the current generation of citizens in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Merza Hasan
Dean of the Board of Executive Directors, World Bank Group
Hafez Ghanem
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
Shanta Devarajan
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
Lubna Bouza
Business News Anchor, CNBC Arabia

April 15, 2015

Can people of faith help build a movement to end extreme poverty? Can they seize this opportunity at a time of conflict in some regions -- some of it driven by groups claiming religious justification?

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Ruth Messinger
President, American Jewish World Service
Mohamed Ashmawey
CEO, Islamic Relief Worldwide
Carolyn Woo
President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services
Vinya S. Ariyaratne
General Secretary, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati
Co-Founder, Interfaith WASH Alliance
Jerome Socolovsky
Religion Correspondent, Voice of America

April 15, 2015

How can Latin American governments stimulate growth while preserving social achievements? What growth levels will countries of the region achieve in 2015?

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Augusto de la Torre
Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Group

April 15, 2015

In today’s digital world, data is being generated at unprecedented rates. Watch experts explore the potential of Big Data and Internet of Things technologies to solve development challenges related to risk and resilience.

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Raj Kumar
President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Chris Locke
Founder, Caribou Digital
Ros Harvey
Chief Strategy Advisor, Sirca
Nigel Snoad
Product Manager, Google Crisis Response
Tony Salvador
Senior Principal Engineer, Strategy Group, Intel Corporation
William Hoffman
Associate Director, Telecommunications Industry, World Economic Forum
Andrew Zolli
Head of Impact Initiatives for Planet Labs / Author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back

April 15, 2015

World Bank Chief Economists from the six major developing regions will provide insights on how developing countries are adapting to low oil prices and an uneven global recovery.

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Kaushik Basu
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
Augusto de la Torre
Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Group
Shanta Devarajan
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
Martin Rama
Chief Economist, South Asia, World Bank Group
Hans Timmer
Chief Economist, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank Group
Sudhir Shetty
Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank Group
Francisco Ferreira
Senior Adviser, Development Research Group, World Bank

April 16, 2015

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will address the press during the World Bank's 2015 Spring Meetings.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group

April 16, 2015

Join us for a panel discussion on the importance of investing in nutrition; the challenges countries are facing; and concrete steps towards scaling up high-impact programming for child nutrition.

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Anthony Lake
Executive Director, UNICEF
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Phyllis Costanza
CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation
Michael Anderson
CEO, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Saada Mkuya Salum
Minister of Finance, Tanzania
Raj Kumar
President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex

April 16, 2015

Hear from a development banker, a renowned chef, an agricultural expert, a woman farmer, a culinary professional and others about the future of food, and how we can work together to feed the world.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
David Chang
Chef and Founder, Momofuku
Juergen Voegele
Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
Chido Govera
Founder, Future of Hope Foundation
David Hertz
Founder, Gastromotiva
Arielle Johnson
Head of Research, MAD
Mark Emil Hermansen
Head of Development, MAD

April 16, 2015

As populations age, the debate over how to manage this demographic trend is heating up. In this event, experts will debate how this trend impacts growth, health care, pensions, & social welfare in Europe, Central and East Asia and the Pacific.

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Axel van Trotsenburg
Vice President, Development Finance, World Bank Group
Laura Tuck
Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Ursula M. Staudinger
Director, Columbia Aging Center, Robert N. Butler Professor of Socio-medical Sciences, and Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
David Canning
Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Dusan Vujovic
Minister of Finance, Republic of Serbia
He Fan
Deputy Director of Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Phillip Yin
Business Anchor,CCTV America

April 16, 2015

African economies are experiencing a range of unprecedented challenges to their growth, competitiveness and opportunities for investment.

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Anabel González
Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Hubert Danso
Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Africa investor
Solomon Asamoah
Vice President; Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, African Development Bank
Marcel De Souza
Minister of Development Planning, Prospective and Economic Analysis, Benin
Cristina Duarte
Minister of Finance and Public Administration, Cape Verde
Matia Kasaija
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Edward J. Mathias
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Henry Rotich
Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, Kenya
Saada Mkuya Salum
Minister of Finance, Tanzania
Thierry Tanoh
Minister, Deputy General Secretary in charge of Economic Affairs, Cote d’Ivoire
Regis Immongualt Tatagani
Minister of Economy and Investment Promotion and Perspective for Gabon
Ashish J. Thakkar
Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation
Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

April 16, 2015

This flagship seminar brings together a diverse high level panel to discuss the impact fluctuating oil prices have on economies in the short and medium term.

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Erbolat Dossaev
Minister of National Economy, Kazakhstan
Naglaa El Ehwany
Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
Lutz Kilian
Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
Ed Crooks
US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times
Turalay Kenç
Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Turkey
David L. Goldwyn
President, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC

April 16, 2015

Join regional policy makers, practitioners and civil society representatives for a discussion on what it will take to instill adequate accountability and motivation among public servants and service providers toward meeting citizens’ needs.

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Hafez Ghanem
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
Sami Hourani
Director, Leaders of Tomorrow, and Founder/CEO, Forsa for Education, Jordan
Deborah Amos
Correspondent, National Public Radio
Ghada Waly
Minister of Social Solidarity, Egypt
Maha El Rabbat
Executive Director, MENA Health Policy Forum
Claudia Costin
Founder, Innovation and Excellence in Education Policies
Noureddine Chmengui
Secreary General of the Primary Education Supervisors Union, Tunisia
Abla Habayeb
Principal of Kufor Quod Secondary School, West Bank
Olusoji Adeyi
Director, Health, Nutrition & Population, World Bank Group
Mario Marcel
Senior Director, Governance, World Bank Group
Hana Brixi
Lead, Public Service Delivery Global Solutions Group, World Bank Group

April 16, 2015

Water security is emerging as the number one global risk in terms of development impact. An expert panel will share their experiences and solutions for addressing water scarcity challenges with a view of the social, economic, and political implications.

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Junaid Kamal Ahmad
Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, The World Bank Group
Frank Heemskerk
Executive Director, World Bank Group
Leonard Nxumalo
CEO, Water Utilities Corporation, Botswana
Pat Mulroy
Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, UNLV
Jim Carlton
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Conner Everts
Executive Director, Southern California Watershed Alliance
Chandra Mohan B
Managing Director, Chennai Water Supply and Sewerage Board
Fredy Efren Marrufo Martin
Mayor of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Elizabeth Siqueira Juliatto
Manager of Planning, National Water Agency, Brazil
Pierre van Rensburg
Strategic Executive for Infrastructure, Water and Technical Services, City of Windhoek, Namibia.

April 17, 2015

WBG President Jim Yong Kim chairs this high-level roundtable at which the heads of state of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will present their Ebola recovery plans to finance and development ministers and international partners.

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Alpha Condé
President of Guinea
Ernest Bai Koroma
President of Sierra Leone
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

April 17, 2015

The World Bank, along with numerous governments, industry, and development partners, is launching a global Initiative aimed at accelerating the elimination of routine flaring at oil production sites around the world.


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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Børge Brende
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Jorma Ollila
Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Eldar Sætre
President and CEO, Statoil
Jérôme Schmitt
Executive Vice President, Sustainable Development, TOTAL
Anita Marangoly George
Senior Director, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank Group
Etienne Dieudonné Ngoubou
Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, Republic of Gabon
Kandeh K. Yumkella
CEO, Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, United Nations

April 17, 2015

As law enforcement agencies continue to crack-down on international tax evaders to promote transparency in the global financial system; a lot more needs to be done to ensure that financing for development efforts are not impacted.

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Mogens Jensen
Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Denmark
Raymond Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Minister of Finance, Indonesia
Leonard Frank McCarthy
Integrity Vice President, World Bank Group
Villa Kulild
Director General, Norad
Benny Engelbrecht
Minister of Taxation, Denmark
Eric C. Hylton
Executive Director, International Operations Criminal Investigation
Luis Miguel Castilla
Ambassador to the United States, Peru
Jessica Tillipman
Assistant Dean for Field Placement, The George Washington University Law School

April 17, 2015

Latin America managed to successfully weather the global financial crisis that wreaked havoc in developed countries. Nevertheless, the impact of the crisis, although reduced, is already affecting the economies of the region.

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Alonso Segura
Minister of Finance, Peru
Jorge Familiar
Vice President, Latin America the Caribbean, World Bank Group
Augusto de la Torre
Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Group
Marcelo Giugale
Senior Economic Adviser, Cluster of Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank
Jorge Araujo
Lead Economist, World Bank

April 17, 2015

Join a panel of global experts, as they discuss how to build infrastructure, boost employment and improve the quality of life, housing, education and health services for the growing numbers of Africa’s city dwellers.

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Makhtar Diop
Vice President, Africa, World Bank
Paul Collier
Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford University
Marianne Fay
Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency, World Bank Group
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience, World Bank Group
Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Jean Pierre Mbassi
Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Association

April 17, 2015

Financial inclusion will be key to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. Tune in to hear experts on what it will take to make the goal of universal financial access happen by 2020!

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Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Jin-Yong Cai
Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC
Ajay Banga
President and CEO, MasterCard
Budi Gunadi Sadikin
President Director, Bank Mandiri
Arundhati Bhattacharya
Chairperson, State Bank of India
Christopher Elias
President, Global Development Programs, Gates Foundation
Leora Klapper
Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
Benno Ndulu
Governor, Central Bank of Tanzania
Raghuram Rajan
Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Jaime Caruana
General Manager, Bank for International Settlements
Zain Verjee
Founder and CEO, Zain Verjee Group

April 17, 2015

2015 will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years. This event will gather development organizations, governments, the private sector and civil society to discuss what it will take to finance development in a post-2015 world.

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Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations
Michelle Fleury
Business Correspondent, BBC News (Moderator)
Bertrand Badré
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
Afsaneh M. Beschloss
Founder and CEO, Rock Creek Group
Børge Brende
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Suma Chakrabarti
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Daniel Kablan Duncan
Prime Minister, Cote d’Ivoire
Justin Forsyth
Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
Werner Hoyer
President, European Investment Bank
Donald Kaberuka
Co-Chair, LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development
Scott Kalb
Executive Director, Sovereign Investor Institute
Marisa Lago
Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, United States Treasury
Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Christian Paradis
Minister of International Development, Canada
Lilianne Ploumen
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands
John G. Rice
Vice Chairman, General Electric Company
Tomicah Tillemann
Director, Bretton Woods II
Min Zhu
Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

April 17, 2015

Join us for a high-energy mix of advocacy voices and musical performances in support of ambitious global action to end poverty and protect our planet.


April 18, 2015

Join us as experts discuss ways to better integrate land and climate-smart agriculture into countries’ development strategies.

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Kaushik Basu
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
Gerd Müller
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Germany
Claver Gatete
Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda
Arsenio M. Balisacan
Secretary, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippines
John Streur
President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvert Investments
Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director of Oxfam International
Klaus Deininger
Lead Economist in Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank Group
Dao Trung Chính
Deputy Director General, General Department of Land Administration, Vietnam

April 18, 2015

Hear from the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa as he presents the implications of lower oil and other commodity prices for a region that exports a large number of commodities.

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Makhtar Diop
Vice President, Africa, World Bank
Francisco Ferreira
Senior Adviser, Development Research Group, World Bank
Armando Manuel
Minister of Finance, Republic of Angola
S.E. Madame Nialé Kaba
Minister of Economy and Finance, Cote d’Ivoire