Speakers

Maria Cecilia Acevedo

Maria Cecilia Acevedo is a Private Sector Senior Economist at IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the IDB Group.

Gunther Bensch

Gunther Bensch is researcher in the department “Environment and Resources” at RWI. His general fields of research are environment and energy economics and policy, with a special emphasis on the empirical evaluation of development policies such as improved cookstoves and electrification interventions.

Haroon Bhorat

Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He’s co-authored two books and published over 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers, covering labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He recently co-edited The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa. He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an IZA Research Fellow (Institute for the Study of Labour), a member of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty, and a member of the UN-WHO’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. He is a member of the Board of the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The World Bank Economic Review. He holds a highly prestigious National Research Chair, is an Advisor on the South African Parliament’s High Level Panel on Acceleration of Change and Transformation, and has served as economic advisor to former South African Ministers of Finance. He was also an economic advisor to former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.

Philippe Burger

Philippe Burger is professor of Economics and acting dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (University of the Free State, South Africa). He was a 2016/7 Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute at Columbia University. He has also been a consultant to the OECD and visiting scholar at the IMF.

Eliana Carranza

Eliana is a Senior Economist at the World Bank Jobs Group, in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, where she works with national governments and external partner organizations in the design and impact evaluation of multi-sectoral jobs pilot projects. Eliana joined the World Bank in 2011 as Young Professional, and served as Country Poverty Economist for Ethiopia and as Technical Adviser for the Africa Gender Innovation Lab, an impact evaluation group at the Africa Chief Economist Office.

Eliana holds a PhD in Political Economy from Harvard University Department of Economics, and an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School. Her fields of interest are development, labor and demographic economics. She has conducted work on a number of countries in South Asia, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Ricardo Estrada

Ricardo Estrada is an economist working in the research department at CAF. Before joining CAF, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Pablo Adrian Garlati Bertoldi

PhD in Economics candidate at Michigan State University. I am also consultant of The World Bank for the Jobs Cross-Cutting Solutions area. I will be joining the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota as Lecturer starting July 2018.
Previously I was consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank and research assistant at the Center of Studies of State and Society (CEDES). My main fields are labor, informality, public policy, education, poverty and equity along with climate change, natural disasters and industrial organization.

Elisabetta Gentile

Dr. Elisabetta Gentile is an economist at the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the multilateral development bank that promotes social and economic development in Asia. She performs policy-oriented research that contributes to the Department’s flagship publications, and supports member countries through the processes of decision-making, policy implementation, and impact evaluation.

Prior to joining ADB, Dr. Gentile was a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the National University of Singapore, where she focused on economic integration and development. Before she became an economist, Dr. Gentile worked as a financial analyst at the United Nations and the European Commission, where she participated directly in the budget negotiations, and subsequently for a multinational corporation.

Dr. Gentile has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economic from the University of Houston, where she has earned both departmental and university-wide teaching excellence awards. She also has a M.S. in Financial Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Laurea (Master’s equivalent) in Public Policy and International Organizations from Università degli Studi di Siena (Italy). She has participated in international research conferences in America, Europe, and Asia. She has published in top economics journals, and has additional articles and a book under review for publication.

Italo Gutierrez

Italo Gutierrez is an economist at RAND. His research focuses in the areas of labor markets, aging, retirement, health, and human capital.

Daniel Hamermesh

Daniel S. Hamermesh is Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College, Editor-in-Chief of the IZA World of Labor and IZA Network Director. He is professor emeritus, Royal Holloway University of London and University of Texas at Austin. He has published nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, concentrating on time use, labor demand, discrimination, academic labor markets and unusual applications (to beauty, sleep and suicide). He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. In 2013 he received the biennial Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to Labor Economics of the Society of Labor Economists and the IZA Prize in Labor of the Institute for the Study of Labor. His magnum opus, Labor Demand, was published by Princeton University Press in 1993, which published his Beauty Pays in 2011. His book, Spending Time, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

Rachel Heath

Rachel Heath is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Before joining the faculty at UW, she was a post-doc in the Research Group at the World Bank. Her research examines labor markets in developing countries. In particular, she has focused on the expansion of manufacturing jobs in developing countries, looking at how workers are hired and the effects these job opportunities have on women. She holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University and a BS in Economics from Duke University.

David Jaume

David Jaume is a PhD (candidate) in Economics at Cornell University and a visiting researcher at the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. His work is focused on education, labor markets and income distribution in developing countries. In his recent research, David studies the labor market effects of different educational policies in Latin America. He has published in the areas developing economics and economics of education, including a book on the Growth, Employment, and Poverty nexus in Latin America (Oxford University Press), and has worked on several research projects with international organizations such as the World Bank, UNU-WIDER, and CEPAL. David previously worked as a research fellow at CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he received his master\’s degree in economics. David will join the research department at the Bank of Mexico as a Research Economist on September 2018.

Radhicka Kapoor

Radhicka Kapoor is a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Prior to joining ICRIER, she worked at the Planning Commission and at the International Labour Organization, Geneva. Her broad areas of research interests include poverty and inequality, labour economics and industrial performance. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics, a Masters degree from Cambridge University and a Bachelors degree from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi.

Sameer Khatiwada

Mr. Sameer Khatiwada, a national of Nepal, is an Economist at the ADB’s Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, based in Manila, Philippines. He joined the ADB in August 2017, and is currently looking at the impact of 4th Industrial Revolution on employment outcomes in Asia and Pacific. Previously, Mr. Khatiwada worked as an Employment Specialist at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Regional Office in Bangkok, where he covered Indonesia, Philippines and Pacific Island Countries. Before his assignment in Bangkok, he was an Economist with the ILO’s Research Department in Geneva. Mr. Khatiwada holds a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. He has a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Hyuncheol Bryant Kim

I am an applied micro-economist with broad interests in development economics, health economics, public economics, education economics, and labor economics. The main goal of my research is to understand the impact and behavioral responses to the public/private intervention programs in both developed and developing countries. I have been investigating various public intervention programs such as cancer screening, general health screening, long-term care insurance, girls’ education support program, HIV/AIDS prevention programs such as male circumcision and HIV testing, mother and child health program as well as job opportunity and internship program on employment.

Refilwe Lepelle

Refilwe is a Lecturer in the School of Economics , University of Cape Town. She is also a Graduate Associate at South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU). She worked in in the private sector and then at South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as an industry analyst. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include international trade, labour economics and development economics.

Piotr Lewandowski

Piotr Lewandowski is a labour economist, a President of the Board at Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Warsaw, Poland, and a Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn, Germany. In the past he collaborated with Warsaw School of Economics and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Poland. His research interests include interactions between technology and jobs, minimum wage, temporary contracts and labour market segmentation, and labour market effects of climate and energy policies.

Iga Magda

Iga Magda, PhD (Economics). Vice President of the Management Board at the Institute for Structural Research (IBS, Warsaw) and Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Mahdi Majbouri

Mahdi Majbouri is an Associate Professor of Economics at Babson College. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Southern California in August 2010. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. His expertise is broadly in two related fields: the microeconomics of developing countries, and the economics of energy. But he is focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and specifically on labor markets, gender issues, entrepreneurship, education, dynamics of income and poverty, and the impacts of natural resources. He is also a research fellow at IZA and at the Economic Research Forum (ERF), a community of scientists and policy makers doing high-impact research on the MENA region. He is also an active member of Middle East Economics Association (MEEA). His past research, has been published in Feminist Economics, Energy Policy, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, and The Journal of Real Estate Economics.

Luca Marcolin

Luca is an Economist within the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate (STI), where he is mainly involved in the analysis of the link between global value chains and economic performance, and between digitalization and labor market outcomes.
Before joining the OECD, he consulted with the World Bank (Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice) and the EBRD (Office of the Chief Economist) in research projects exploring issues related to international trade, productivity and innovation outcomes. He studied Economics at University of Bologna, the Paris School of Economics and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. He received a PhD in Economics at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL, Belgium) focusing on wage and productivity dynamics.

Angelo Martelli

Angelo Martelli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently a Consultant for the Jobs Group of the World Bank and a Policy Fellow for the Open Innovation Team of the UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. His research interests span labour economics and European political economy. He is an Associate at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs where he co-leads the Global Migration Initiative and was an integral part in the launch of the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM). Before arriving at the LSE for his PhD he graduated from Pompeu Fabra University with a MSc and Master of Advanced Studies in Economics and from Bocconi University with a BSc in International Economics and Management. Former President of the LSE Italian Society. He has published Op-Eds for several international newspapers including WSJ and El Pais.

Ahmadou Aly Mbaye

Ahmadou Aly Mbaye is a professor of Economics at the University Cheikh Anta DIOP (UCAD) in Senegal and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF, University of Bonn – Germany). He currently holds the position of Director of the Laboratoire d’Analyse des Politiques de Developpement (LAPD). He is also the Director of the regional graduate programme in climate change economics (including 10 countries). Previously, he had served as the dean of the school of economics and management at the Cheikh Anta DIOP University and Chair of CIEREA-PTCI (the francophone African network of research and higher education in Economics) Board for ten years. Professor Mbaye has been a consultant for many regional and international organizations. He is managing several international programmes within his universities and has numerous publications on development economics and Africa.

Julian Messina

Julián Messina is lead research economist at the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has previously worked for the World Bank and the European Central Bank and he has taught at the Universities of Barcelona GSE, Georgetown, Girona, Frankfurt and Mainz. He is the author of two flagship reports of the Latin America region at the World Bank and his research has been extensively published in leading academic journals. He has experience advising governments in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Julian obtained his PhD. in economics at the European University Institute in 2002.

Shohei Nakamura

Shohei Nakamura is an economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank, where he focuses on poverty and urbanization agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, he was a visiting fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

Manaseh Oiro

Manaseh Oiro is a Trade Policy analyst from KIPPRA whose occupation is to carry out research on Kenya’s Trade policy, with the aim of evaluating its impact on the country’s national economic goals.

With four years experience in trade policy implementation during his years as a Trade officer in Kenya’s Ministry of Trade, he has an understanding of Kenya’s domestic and foreign trade landscape. He holds an MA degree in Economics from Maseno University, BA Economics and Business Studies from Kenyatta University and has undergone training in WTO’s Trade in Services and Regional Trade Agreement courses. He has additional training in Regional Trade Agreements, Trade Remedies and Counterveiling Measures from the India Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

Carlos Ospino

Carlos Ospino is a consultant in the areas of occupations, skills and labor trajectories. Carlos holds a PhD and a masters in economics from Universidad de los Andes. His researcher has focused in studying how labor market policies affect firm and worker productivity. His doctoral dissertation studied the effects of the Colombian apprenticeship contract on labor demand and productivity by manufacturing firms.

Sreelakshmi Papineni

Sreelakshmi Papineni is an economist working at the Africa Gender Innovation Lab, within the World Bank’s Africa Chief Economist Office. Her current research focuses on identifying and addressing gender-based constraints through the analysis of development project impacts primarily for entrepreneurship, social protection and agriculture projects.

Albert Park

Albert Park is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. He is Director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Economics, Professor of Public Policy, and Senior Fellow of the Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study at HKUST. Professor Park is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), the International Growth Centre (Oxford/LSE/DFID), and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group (Chicago). In recent years he has published articles in leading economics journals on firm performance, poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, and the economics of aging in China. He serves on the editorial boards of the World Bank Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics and Oxford Economic Papers. Prof. Park has played a leadership role in numerous survey research projects in China including the China Employer-Employee Survey (CEES), the China Urban Labor Survey (CULS), the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF), and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and Oxford University.

Clemente Pignatti

Clemente Pignatti works as Economist in the Policy Evaluation Team of the Research Department of the ILO. He has contributed to several editions of the ILO flagship publication World Employment and Social Outlook and numerous other reports. His current area of research includes the evaluation of labour market policies and institutions in emerging and developing economies. He holds a Master in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Tomas Rau

Tomás Rau is an Associate Professor of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He holds a Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Econometrics, Development and Labor Economics with the evaluation of public policies as a unifying research theme. Rau’s current research interests include the development of covariate balancing matching methods for causal inference and the effect of maternity leave policies on cognitive and noncognitive skills in early childhood. He is an Associate Editor of Economia (the journal of LACEA), and his work has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic Journal, Quantitative Economics, and Economic Development and Cultural Change, among other outlets.

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a Senior Economist at the Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice of The World Bank. He has more than 10 years of research and professional experience, working on issues of international trade, foreign direct investment, and globalization. Recent policy work focuses on firm-level responses to regulatory reforms aimed at improving the investment climate in developing countries. Prior to joining The World Bank, Daniel worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and for the Colombian government conducting macro monitoring in Latin American countries. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes and a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University.

Laura Ripani

Laura Ripani is a lead specialist in the Labor Markets and Social Security Division of the IDB. She specializes in the area of labor markets, with a particular interest in the future of work and improving labor-market opportunities for youths. She has published extensively in academic journals in the areas of labor markets, social protection, and education. Prior to joining the IDB, she worked at the World Bank on projects related to the link between poverty and labor markets in Latin America. She holds an M.A and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.

Michal Rutkowski

Michal Rutkowski is the Senior Director for Social Protection and Jobs – overseeing the World Bank Global Practice responsible for protecting poor and vulnerable from shocks through improving their job opportunities, earning capacity, and social insurance and social assistance (safety net) coverage. Until July 2016, he was the Director for Multilateral Organizations, and prior to that the Country Director for the Russian Federation and the Resident Representative in Moscow for three years. Mr. Rutkowski’s published work covers, among others, issues on labor markets and social security. He was a core team member of the 2015 World Development Report “Workers in an Integrated World”- the World Bank’s annual flagship research publication. Mr. Rutkowski holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Warsaw School of Economics and finished his post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

Jaivir Singh

Jaivir Singh is currently Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, having previously taught at the University of Delhi. Trained as an economist at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, his research work aims is oriented towards and interdisciplinary exploration of the interaction between the law and the economy. He has published on diverse topics that include the Indian Constitution, Regulation, Labour Law, Competition Law, Corporate Law and International Investment Treaties.

Francois Steenkamp

Francois has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Cape Town. His PhD research focuses on South African export patterns and the developmental implications of these export patterns. He has also spent time working as a lecturer at the UCT School of Economics where he taught international trade and macroeconomics. His research interests include, international trade and labour economics.

Michael Weber

Michael Weber is Senior Economist at the World Bank. He has published and worked on youth employment, informality, labor regulations, active labor market policies, and social insurance schemes. He has developed innovative projects to explore behavioral and financial interventions, youth’s preferences and constraints, enforcement effects of labor codes, or simulations on the effects of labor policies and tax and benefit systems in developing countries. In recent years he has also been active in monitoring global and regional job trends and contributed research on data quality issues as well as labor market indicators. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2008, Michael Weber worked at a joint research organization of the three main Universities of Vienna on applied research topics. He holds a PhD in Economics and Master Degrees in Economics as well as Commerce.