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Global Economic Prospects 2004: Realizing the Development Promise of the Doha Agenda

Richard Newfarmer

Ataman Aksoy

Carsten Fink

Bernard Hoekman

Caglar OzdenWilliam Martin
Vlad Manole

Elliot (Mick) Riordan

Dominique van der Mensbrugghe

Peirre SauveShweta BagaiJohn Wilson








Richard Newfarmer is Economic Advisor to the International Trade Department and the Development Prospects Group, where he was lead author of the Global Economic Prospects 2004: Realizing the Development Promise of the Doha Agenda. He has been with the Bank since 1983, as Lead Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office for East Asia and for the China and Mongolia Department, as Chief of the Industry and Energy Division in the China Department, and as Principal Economist for Argentina. Before joining the Bank, Richard Newfarmer was a Senior Fellow at the Overseas Development Council, and was on the Economics faculty at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD and two M.A.s from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Highest Honors). He is also serving on the Advisory Group for the Third North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade for the Commission on Environment Cooperation for NAFTA, on the Advisory Board on Trade for the Center for Global Development, and has served on the Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association.


Ataman Aksoy has been working with the Development Prospects Group recently as principal author of the report on Developing Countries and Global Agricultural Trade. He retired from the Bank in 2003 as Economic Adviser to the Development Prospects Group. He also served as acting manager of the PREM Trade Department upon its creation and was actively involved in the global dialogue on trade and development in the context of the Doha Development Agenda.  His previous Bank experience includes positions as Sector Manager of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, Economist in the South Asia Country Programs Department, Principal Economist in Asia's Industry & Finance Operations Division, Principal Economist in the Southern Africa Department, Division Chief for the Macro, Industry & Finance Division, and Sector Manager of the Macroeconomics Division for the Africa Technical Families. Before joining the Bank, Ataman Aksoy taught economics at George Washington University (also as a Fulbright Professor), Boston College, Middle East Technical University (as Chair of the Economics Department), and the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Aksoy holds a B.S. in Economics/Statistics from Middle East Technical University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College.


Carsten Fink is a Senior Economist in the International Trade Department. His current work program focuses on assessing the economic implications of liberalizing trade in services and identifying good services trade policy. He also conducts research on the effects intellectual property protection, in particular for access to medicines in developing countries. Previously, he has done World Bank operational work in the area of telecommunications reform. Mr. Fink holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Heidelberg and a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Oregon.


Bernard Hoekman is Research Manager of the International Trade group in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, working on trade policy issues. Previously, he managed the international trade and global integration activities of the World Bank Institute’s Economic Policy division and worked extensively in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining the Bank, he was on the staff of the GATT Secretariat in Geneva. He is a graduate of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and is a Research Fellow of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.


Caglar Ozden is an Economist in the International Trade division within the Development Research Group. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Cornell University. His main research area is international trade with a focus on services, preferential trade programs and international institutions.


Elliot J. (Mick) Riordan is a Senior Economist for the Global Trends Team of the Development Prospects Group, providing forecast analysis for the group’s products and publications. He has participated in studies on topics of global importance such as Iraq, and oil prices, which support the Bank’s Regional efforts to better understand the global context. Before joining the Bank, he was Director of International Consulting for the WEFA Group (now Global Insights), and was also involved in foreign exchange advisory work, and large-scale projects in contract consulting. Mick Riordan holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (1981), and a BSc in International Business from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1977).


Dominique van der Mensbrugghe a Lead Economist for the Development Prospects Group. His main responsibilities include developing scenarios on long-term economic prospects for developing countries and undertaking detailed trade policy analysis. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for a decade at the OECD Development Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Louvain University in Belgium.


John S. Wilson, Lead Economist in the Transport Unit, is an international expert on trade policy focused on trade facilitation and growth. His work has included country operational responsibilities and advice to the Central America, Middle East and North Africa, and Central Asia and Eastern Europe regions of the World Bank. He also provides liaison between the Bank and the World Trade Organization and other institutions on standards and technical barriers to trade in agriculture and goods. Prior to joining the Bank in 1999, he was Vice President for Technology Policy at ITI, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, and Senior Staff Officer of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering of the United States. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University.


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