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Migration and Development Conference: Speaker Bios


Johannes KoettlAna Palacio
Prof. Tito BoeriDanny LeipzigerGuillermo Perry
Jeff Dayton-JohnsonProf. Robert E.B. LucasDemetrios Papademetriou
Régine De ClercqJohn McHaleDilip Ratha
Shantayanan DevarajanDavid McKenzieAna Revenga
Robert HolzmannKathleen NewlandKai Schmitz
Louka T. KatseliCaglar OzdenMichele Klein Solomon
Suhas KetkarJohn PageL. Alan Winters


Luca Barbone
Director
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM)
World Bank
Washington, DC

Luca Barbone assumed his current position as Director for Poverty Reduction, PREM Network in October 2004.  Mr. Barbone joined the World Bank in 1988 as an Economist in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, and has held a number of positions in the Europe and Central Asia and Africa Regions of the Bank.  During 2000-2004, he was based in Kiev, Ukraine, as Country Director for Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.  Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the Organization for Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Monetary Fund, The Planning Institute of Jamaica, and the Bank of Italy.  He holds a degree of Bachelor in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has published a number of articles in professional journals and books and speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and Russian languages.

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Prof. Tito Boeri
Bocconi University
Milan, Italy

Tito Boeri, a national of Italy, is currently professor of economics at Bocconi University, Milan and acts as Scientific Director of the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (www.frdb.org).  He is a research fellow at CEPR, IZA, and Igier-Bocconi.  His field of research is labour economics, redistributive policies, and political economics.  His papers have been published on the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Economic Policy, the European Economic Review, the Journal of Labour Economics, and the NBER Macroeconomics Annual.   He published 7 books with Oxford University and MIT Press.  After obtaining his Ph.D. in economics from New York University, he was senior economist at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development from 1987 to 1996.  He was also consultant to the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, the ILO, the World Bank and the Italian Government.  He is the founder of the economic policy watchdog website www.lavoce.info.

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Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Senior Economist, Development Centre
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Paris, France

Jeff Dayton-Johnson co-ordinates the Development Centre’s research activities on policy coherence, which explore the joint impact of rich-country policies on poor countries. His previous research interests include the institutions of local management of common-pool resources (notably irrigation), the effectiveness of foreign aid, the microeconomic theory of co-operative behaviour, and the economic characteristics of cultural activity. Before joining the Development Centre, his experiences ranged from coaxing a sometimes-stubborn Volkswagen through rural Mexico to interview farmers in peasant irrigation societies, to delivering economics training courses to public servants in Eastern Europe; from advising Canadian federal and provincial policy-makers on matters of cultural policy, social cohesion and foreign aid, to teaching and advising several cohorts of energetic students in the Master of Development Economics program that he co-ordinated for many years at Dalhousie University in Canada. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his undergraduate education at Berkeley and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Régine De Clercq
Ambassador for Migration and Asylum Policy
The Republic of Belgium
Brussels, Belgium

Régine De Clercq is a senior diplomat of the Belgian Foreign office. Belgian Ambassador for Migration and Asylum Policy since 2004, she is in charge as Executive Director of the First edition of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Mrs De Clercq held prior assignments as Ambassador to OECD (2000-2004) and to FAO (1994-1997). She was Charge d’affaires of the Belgian Embassy in Paris (1999) and held different other assignments in Paris, Washington DC, the Belgian Representation to the EU, London, UNESCO, Council of Europe, UN (New York as well as Geneva), Bonn and the headquarters itself (Uruguay round negotiations). She has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 34 years. She holds a “aggregation” in mathematics and economy of the Ecole Normale Supérieure - Tielt and a diploma in International Relations- University of London (extra mural course).

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Shantayanan Devarajan
Chief Economist for the South Asia Region (SARVP)
World Bank
Washington, D.C.

Shantayanan Devarajan is the Chief Economist of the South Asia Region and Editor of the World Bank Research Observer. This past year, he was the Director of the World Development Report 2004, “Making Services Work for Poor People.” Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, as well as the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general-equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his A. B. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph. D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Robert Holzmann
Director, Social Protection and Labor, Human Development Network (HDNSP)
World Bank
Washington, D.C.

Robert Holzmann is Director of the Sector of Social Protection and Labor, Human Development Network (HDNSP) and a leading international authority on pensions. His department is in charge of the conceptual and strategic Bank work in the area of social risk management and it leads the Bank’s work on pension reform. Before joining the Bank, he was professor of economics and the director to the European Institute at the University of Saarland, Germany (1992-97), and before, professor of economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. As principal administrator at the OECD (1985-87), he wrote a comprehensive report on public pension reform in industrialized countries. As senior economist at the IMF (1988-1990), he was heavily involved in fiscal and social security issues of Hungary, Poland, and Bulgaria during the initial transition from plan to market. His research on and operational involvement in pension reforms extends to all regions of the world, and he has published 24 books and over 100 articles on social, fiscal and financial policy issues.

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Louka T. Katseli
Director, Development Centre
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Paris, France

Louka T. Katseli, Professor of Economics at the University of Athens, received her Doctorate in Development and International Economics from Princeton University in 1978, has spent most of her academic career at Yale University (1977 -1985), and the University of Athens (1988 – present), where she was chair of the Economics Department from 1997 to 2001. She also has been associated with the Center for Economic Policy Research in London as a Research Fellow since 1984. Her many publications have focused on issues such as the linkages between foreign investment and trade in developing countries, the economics of migration, public policy effectiveness and institution-building in developing countries, and exchange rate policy in emerging markets. Prof. Katseli also has worked extensively with international organisations and her national government. She was a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, where she has served as Rapporteur and Vice-Chair, and served as Greece’s representative to the international conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey in 2002. She has represented Greece at the European Union in a range of capacities, including as a member of the EU Monetary and Economic Policy Committees and on the “Comité des Sages” for the EU Social Charter. She has also worked as a consultant for the European Commission, United Nations and UNCTAD. From 1982 to 1986, Prof. Katseli served as the Director General of the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), a Greek development think-tank that provides economic development policy advice to the Greek government. She served as economic advisor to the Greek Prime Minister from 1993 to 1996, and as advisor to the Greek Minister of Education from 1996 to 1998.

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Suhas Ketkar
Visiting Professor of Economics
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Suhas Ketkar is a recognized expert on emerging markets of Asia, Europe and Latin America. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University. Previously he worked as a financial economist and strategist for twenty five years with several Wall Street firms including RBS Greenwich Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston and Marine Midland Bank. He was also Director of Sovereign Research at Fidelity Investments. He has acted as a consultant to the World Bank on several occasions. Over the years, he has taught emerging markets finance, international economics, and economic development at several U.S. universities including NYU, the University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University. While he has published widely on many diverse topics in economics, his current research is focused on innovative ways of raising development finance. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University.

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Johannes Koettl
Consultant, Human Development Network (HDNSP)
World Bank
Washington, D.C.

Johannes Koettl has been working in the Social Protection and Labor unit of the Human Development Network since 2004. Previously he completed an M.A. in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Vienna, Austria. He works primarily on issues related to migration and development in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. His focus is on social protection for migrants, demographic imbalances, long-term labor force projections, and the links between immigration law, labor market institutions, social policies, and migration.

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Danny Leipziger
Vice President and Head of Network
Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM)
World Bank
Washington, DC

Mr. Danny Leipziger assumed his current position on October 15, 2004. As the Head of the PREM Network, he reports to the President of the World Bank and provides leadership for the Bank’s strategic work on growth and poverty reduction across the Bank’s regional PREM units. He is also the focal point for economic policy, debt, trade, gender and governance issues and for the Bank’s dialogue on these issues with key partner institutions—including the IMF, WTO, OECD, and the EU. Head of World Bank Delegation to Hong Kong Trade Ministerial, Head of Bank Delegation to OECD Ministerials, Co-Chair (with Michael Spence) of Commission on Growth and Development (2006 -). Chair of the Bank Sanctions Board (2007-).

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Prof. Robert E.B. Lucas
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Robert E.B. Lucas is Professor of Economics at Boston University.  Professor Lucas is a UK citizen and completed the B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the London School of Economics and received his Ph.D. from M.I.T.  His research has included work on internal and international migration, employment and human resources, income distribution and inter-generational inequality, international trade and industry, the environment, and sharecropping.  Among other countries, Professor Lucas has worked on Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Professor Lucas served as Chief Technical Adviser to the Malaysia Human Resource Development Program and is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for International Studies.  His latest book, “International Migration and Economic Development: Lessons from Low-Income Countries”, was published by Edward Elgar Press in 2005.

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John McHale
Associate Professor of Economics
Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada

John McHale is associate professor of economics and Toller Family Research Fellow at the Queen’s School of Business.  An Irish citizen, he received first class B.Comm (1988) and M.Econ.Sc (1990) degrees from the National University of Ireland.  He received Ph.D and A.M degrees from Harvard in 1996, where he also served as assistant and later associate professor.  His current research focuses on causes and consequences of international migration.  He has published numerous articles in refereed journals and edited volumes, and has recently co-authored (with Devesh Kapur) Give Us Your Best and Brightest: The Global Hunt For Talent And Its Impact on the Developing World (The Brookings Institution Press and the Center for Global Development).  His shorter articles have appeared in publications such as the Financial Times, the Irish Times and the Wall Street Journal.  He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank on migration and development projects.

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David McKenzie
Senior Economist, Development Economics (DECRG)
World Bank
Washington, D.C.

David McKenzie is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2001. Prior to joining the World Bank in July 2005, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. He recently was a core team member on the 2007 World Development Report. His current research interests include international migration, microenterprises, poverty traps, responses of households to aggregate shocks, and the development of econometric methods useful for working with data from developing countries.

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Ms. Kathleen Newland
Co-Director and Co-Founder
Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Newland is Director and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute. Her work focuses on refugee protection, international humanitarian response, and migration management. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program (1994-2001). She chairs the Board of Directors of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee. Prior to joining the Migration Program at the Carnegie Endowment in 1994, Ms. Newland worked as an independent consultant for such clients as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She wrote the first State of the World's Refugees 1993 report for UNHCR, which has become the organization's flagship biennial publication. Ms. Newland is also the author or editor of five books and 11 shorter monographs as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Ms. Newland is a graduate of Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.

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Caglar Ozden
Economist
Development Research Group (DEC)
World Bank
Washington, DC

Caglar Ozden is an Economist in the Development Research Group. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Cornell University. His main research areas are international trade and migration with a focus on skilled migration, labor market integration of migrants, preferential trade programs and international institutions. He is the author of numerous academic publications and co-editor of the recent book titled "International Migration, Remittances and the Brain Drain."

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John Page
Chief Economist, Africa Region (AFRCE)
World Bank
Washington, DC

John Page is Chief Economist for the Africa Region. He provides strategic guidance and policy advice for the Bank’s country strategies and operations in Africa. He is also responsible for intellectual leadership of the Region’s economic management, growth, poverty reduction, trade and regional integration agenda. Dr. Page has been a World Bank economist and manager since 1980, undertaking a wide range of research, policy and operational assignments. Prior to his present appointment in July 2004, Dr. Page was Director, Poverty Reduction where he oversaw the Bank’s analytical and policy work on poverty issues. Before assuming that position in March 2000, he was the Bank’s Director of Economic Policy, focusing on growth, trade and economic management issues. He was Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa Region and Director of its Social and Economic Development Group from 1993 to 1999. Dr. Page obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has published several books, including the World Bank’s widely read study, The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy (Oxford: 1993), and more than sixty articles on the economics of developing countries. Prior to his appointment at the World Bank, Dr. Page was a member of the faculty at Princeton University and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Ana Palacio
Senior Vice-President and Group General Counsel (LEGVP)
World Bank
Washington, DC

Ana Palacio, a Spanish national, was appointed as Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel in June 2006. Ms. Palacio brings unique strengths and experience to this position. She has worked in the private sector in an export business, providing insight into trade issues; she worked for a large law firm before establishing her own practice and she spent eight years with the European Parliament, where she pioneered new areas of international law. Ms. Palacio was the first woman to serve as Spain’s Foreign Minister and she is deeply committed to empowering the poor to enable them to escape poverty. Prior to her appointment as Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel, she worked with the UN High Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. A lawyer by profession, Ms. Palacio has held the most senior positions in the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and former executive president of the Academy of European Law, a distinguished professor of the European College of Parma and a member of the Global Advisory Council of “The American Interest” and the “Revue de Droit de l’Union européenne”.

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Guillermo Perry
Chief Economist for the Latin America & the Caribbean Region (LCRCE)
World Bank Office
Bogota, Colombia

Guillermo Perry has been Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean Region since 1996. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Perry served in several senior policy-making positions in his native country, Colombia, including that of Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Minister of Mining and Energy; and Director of the General Directorate of National Taxes. He served as a member of the Constitutional Assembly and of the Senate of the Republic in Colombia. He was also Director of two of Colombia’s leading economic think-tanks (Fedesarrollo and CEDE) and has been professor at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Mr. Perry undertook doctoral studies in Economics and Operational Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1968 and 1970. His professional experience also includes international consulting on public finance and energy policy for several institutions and governments around the world. Mr. Perry is coauthor and coeditor of several books and publications. He has also published numerous articles on macroeconomics, fiscal policy, financial policy, international finance, and energy policy issues.

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Demetrios Papademetriou
Senior Associate & Co-Director
International Migration Policy Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Policy
Washington, DC

Demetrios G. Papademetriou is co-founder and President of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also the co-convener, with Professor Dr. Werner Weidenfeld of the Bertelsmann Foundation, of the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigrant Integration. The Task Force is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the US and Canada. Dr. Papademetriou also convenes the Athens Migration Policy Initiative (AMPI), a group of mostly European senior immigration experts that advises EU members states on immigration and asylum issues, and is the Co-Founder and International Chair Emeritus of “Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities.” Metropolis seeks to stimulate inter-disciplinary and cross-national policy research and thinking among teams of researchers, senior policy makers and leaders of the non-governmental sector in nearly fifty states. The Metropolis network uses that knowledge to motivate governments at all levels to design and implement better policies. Dr. Papademetriou holds a PhD in Comparative Public Policy and International Relations (1976) and has taught at the universities of Maryland, Duke, American, and New School for Social Research. He has held a wide range of senior policy and research positions that include: Chair of the Migration Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor’s Immigration Policy Task Force; and Executive Editor of the International Migration Review.

Dr. Papademetriou has published more than 200 books, articles, monographs and research reports on migration topics and advises senior government and political party officials in more than twenty countries. His most recent books include Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter (2006, co-author), Europe and its Immigrants in the 21st Century: A New Deal or a Continuing Dialogue of the Deaf? (2006, editor, author and co-author); Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era (2005, co-author); NAFTA’s Promise and Reality (2003, co-author); America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, and National Unity after September 11 (2003, co-author); and Caught in the Middle: Border Communities in an Era of Globalization (2001, senior editor and co-author.)

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Dilip Ratha
Senior Economist
Development Research Group (DEC)
World Bank
Washington, DC

Dilip Ratha is Senior Economist and Manager in the Migration and Remittances Team, Development Prospects Group. An expert on remittances and migration, he is the author of the groundbreaking article “Workers’ Remittances: An Important and Stable Source of External Development Finance” in Global Development Finance 2003, and a lead author of the World Bank flagship Global Economic Prospects 2006: Economic Implications of Remittances and Migration. He has written extensively on international finance topics including shadow-ratings for unrated countries, future-flow securitization as a tool for development financing, and the rise of South-South foreign direct investment. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a regional economist for Asian emerging markets at Credit Agricole Indosuez, and as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.

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Ana Revenga
Lead Economist
Social Protection Cluster (EASHD)
East Asia and Pacific Region
World Bank Office
Paris, France

Ana Revenga is Lead Economist and Manager, Social Protection Cluster, Human Development unit in the East Asia and the Pacific Region. Most recently, she led the team that put together the Labor Migration in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region report, and is co-leading the team working on the China: Rural to Urban Migration AAA program. She has worked as well on the economics of AIDS and AIDS treatment in Asia. She has published extensively on inequality, labor, poverty and vulnerability issues, and has worked across a broad spectrum of low, middle and high income countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. She was one of the authors of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development). She was co-author with Christine Jones of Making Transition Work for Everyone: Poverty and Inequality in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1990, she worked in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Spain and taught international economics and labor at the graduate level. She has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

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Kai Schmitz (to be confirmed)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Microfinance International
Washington, D.C.

Kai Schmitz was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Money Systems, a leading provider of remittance management systems in Europe. Mr. Schmitz was responsible for the development of Money Systems’ remittance software and managed the introduction of this platform to markets in Europe and Africa. He has served as an industry representative or remittance expert at various events, including conferences of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and Wall Street investment banks. Originally a corporate lawyer, Mr. Schmitz worked for law firms in Hamburg, Germany and in London. In addition to his J.D. from the University of Hamburg and admission to the German Bar, Mr. Schmitz has an M.B.A. from Henley Management College in London. A native of Germany, he is fluent in German and English and speaks basic Spanish.

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Ms. Michele Klein Solomon
Director
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Geneva, Switzerland

Michele Klein Solomon is the Director of the Migration Policy, Research and Communications Department at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She joined IOM in 2000 and has been instrumental in building IOM’s migration policy expertise and profile, including by creating and leading IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration, and serving as secretariat to and producing the Berne Initiative’s International Agenda on Migration Management. Prior to joining IOM, Ms. Klein Solomon served as an Attorney Adviser with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, from 1989 - 2000. She served as the Department's principal refugee and migration lawyer from 1991 - 1996. Ms. Klein Solomon received her Juris Doctor and Masters of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degrees, from the Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, in 1988, with honors including the Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy. She has published on the nexus between migration and asylum issues, on trade and migration issues, and on a range of migration-related subjects. 

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L. Alan Winters
Director, Development Research Group (DEC)
World Bank
Washington, DC

L. Alan Winters is Director of the Development Research Group. He has worked previously in the Bank as Division Chief and Research Manager (1994-99) and Economist (1983-85). He is currently on leave from the University of Sussex where he is Professor of Economics. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and has previously worked in the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Wales, and Birmingham. He has been editor of the World Bank Economic Review, associate editor of the Economic Journal, and serves on numerous editorial boards. He has also advised, inter alia, the OECD, DfID, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNCTAD, the WTO, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Alan Winters is one of the world’s leading specialists on the empirical and policy analysis of international trade. He has published over two hundred books and articles in areas such as regional trading arrangements, non-tariff barriers, European Integration, transition economies' trade, agricultural protection, trade and poverty, and the world trading system. He has also published on migration, small economies, global warming, pricing behavior and econometrics.

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