Keynote Address & Opening Panel

KAUSHIK BASU (KEYNOTE SPEAKER), former chief economist of the world bank

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Cornell University. He was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2012-16, and Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian Government, 2009-2012. From June 2017, Basu has taken over as President of the International Economic Association for a three-year term, 2017-20.

A Fellow of the Econometric Society, Kaushik Basu has published widely in the areas of Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Game Theory and Welfare Economics. His two most recent books are An Economist in the Real World: The Art of Policymaking in India (MIT Press and Penguin Random House) and Beyond the Invisible Hand (Princeton University Press). The former is available in Chinese and the latter in Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Russian translations. His next book entitled The Republic of Beliefs: A New Approach to Law and Economics, is to be published by Princeton University Press in Spring 2018.

Professor Basu has contributed popular articles to magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Scientific American, India Today and Business Standard. He also wrote a regular column for BBC News Online.


Nancy Birdsall is Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development. Before launching the Center in 2001, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1993 to 1998, she was Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank she spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs on international development issues, as well as many peer-reviewed journal articles. Ms. Birdsall holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.



Homi Kharas is the Interim Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program. In that capacity, he studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of the middle class, and global governance and the G-20.

He has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron, advising the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda (2012-2013). The report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development” was presented on May 30, 2013.

His most recent co-authored/edited books are The Imperative of Development (The Wolfensohn Center at Brookings, 2017), The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015), Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People (Brookings Press, 2013); After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World(Oxford University Press, 2012); and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011). He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on global development policy, global trends, the global food crisis, international organizations, the G20, the DAC and private philanthropy.



William R. Cline has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 1981. During 1996–2001 while on leave from the Institute, Dr. Cline was deputy managing director and chief economist of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington, DC. From 2002 through 2011 he held a joint appointment with the Peterson Institute and the Center for Global Development, where he is currently senior fellow emeritus.

Before joining the Peterson Institute, he was senior fellow, the Brookings Institution (1973–81); deputy director of development and trade research, office of the assistant secretary for international affairs, US Treasury Department (1971–73); Ford Foundation visiting professor in Brazil (1970–71); and lecturer and assistant professor of economics at Princeton University (1967–70). He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1963, and received his MA (1964) and PhD (1969) in economics from Yale University.  His publications include International Debt: Systemic Risk and Policy Response, 1984; The Economics of Global Warming, 1992; Trade Policy and Global Poverty, 2004; and The Right Balance for Banks: Theory and Evidence on Optimal Capital Requirements, 2017.


Rakesh mohan (moderator), SENIOR FELLOW, yale jackson institute for global affairs

Rakesh Mohan, a Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, is one of India’s senior-most economic policymakers and an expert on central banking, monetary policy, infrastructure and urban affairs. Most recently he was executive director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., representing India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan, and chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India, in the rank of a Minister of State. He is also a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. As deputy governor he was in charge of monetary policy, financial markets, economic research and statistics.

In addition to serving in various posts for the Indian government, including representing India in a variety of international forums such as Basel and G20, Mohan has worked for the World Bank and headed prestigious research institutes. He is also Non Resident Senior Research Fellow of Stanford Centre for International Development, Stanford University Stanford, and Distinguished Fellow of Brookings India. Mohan has written extensively on urban economics, urban development and Indian economic policy reforms.

Mohan has authored three books on urban economics and urban development and two books on monetary policy: ‘Monetary Policy in a Globalized Economy: A Practitioner's View’ (2009), and “Growth with Financial Stability: Central Banking in an Emerging Market” (Oxford University Press, 2011). His most recent edited book “India Transformed: 25 Years of Economic Reforms” (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Workshop: The Role of Private Companies in Economic Development


Laetitia Yafai, Program Associate, B Lab

Laetitia Yafai joined the Impact Management team at B Lab in June 2016. She works with companies and other partners to manage and improve their social and environmental impact. Her role includes supporting B Lab’s global partners. Prior to joining B Lab, Laetitia held different investment management roles at international banks. She has worked in France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the United States.

Breakout Panel 1: Innovative Development Financing Mechanisms to Address Emerging Global Risks


Jennifer Cisse, Senior Risk Advisor, USAID

Jennifer Denno Cisse, PhD, is the Senior Risk Advisor in USAID's Bureau for Food Security (BFS). She manages BFS’ index insurance and agricultural risk management portfolio, including activities with UC Davis, the World Bank, and the African Risk Capacity. Before coming to USAID, Jenn spent five years at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), managing projects and grant writing in Mali, Niger, and CRS/HQ in Baltimore.

She has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University—where her research focused on resilience theory and estimation, food security, livelihood diversification, and index insurance in East Africa—and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Jenn also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer math teacher in Guinea.


Hideaki Hamada, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program, World Bank

Hideaki Hamada is a senior financial sector specialist in the Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) of the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington D.C. He assists the Southeast Asian countries in developing Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF), a platform for the countries to promote regional policy coordination, peer learning, and disaster risk transfer to the international market. He also supports the implementation of Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) Facility, which provides climate and disaster risk insurance to Pacific Island countries.

Prior to joining the WBG, he was Deputy Director of Multilateral Development Banks Division of the Ministry of Finance in Japan, contributing to mainstreaming the disaster risk management and promoting quality infrastructure through the WBG policy. Within ten years experiences in the Government of Japan, he was also involved in supervision of insurance companies and fiscal planning. Hideaki obtained Master’s degree of Public Administration at Columbia University in New York and B.A. from University of Tokyo.

Breakout Panel 2: New Directions in Philanthropy


Constantin Abarbieritei, COO, plan international usa

Constantin Abarbieritei has more than 20 years of experience managing international practices for global organizations. Areas of focus include corporate finance and mergers and acquisition work, strategic and operational planning, and field work as a project director. Constantin has also delivered programs in diverse technical areas, including climate change, water and sanitation, food security, health, economic development, and impact evaluation.

Previously, Constantin was a division vice president at Abt Associates, following its acquisition of IBM’s International Development Practice. While at Abt, he managed the International Economic Growth Division that implemented projects in developing countries in agriculture/food security, climate change, economic development, and impact evaluation for the United States Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Gates Foundation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and African Green Revolution Forum. He led a multidisciplinary team of more than 300 staff based in the U.S. and in project offices in developing countries.

Constantin holds an economics degree from the Academy of Economic Studies in Romania, and a Master of Private and Public Management/Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management.


Martha Brantley, director, clinton Foundation

Martha is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Clinton Development Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that develops inclusive agribusinesses and provides training and market access to smallholder farmers. She joined the Foundation in 2011.

Previously, Martha spent five years on the Special Situations and Arbitrage desk at D.E. Shaw & Co., investing in health care and consumer goods companies. She has also worked as an associate at Deutsche Bank and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds a BA, cum laude, in History from Yale University. Martha is a native of Little Rock, but has lived in New York City for the last 16 years; hence, she considers herself a “New Yorker”. She has served on the Heifer Foundation Board of Trustees since 2016.


nicole goldin, senior associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Nicole Goldin is a development executive, the first director of the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF). She is a development economist, specializing in policy, strategy, public engagement, and partnership. On global youth affairs, she is a policy entrepreneur having led the creation of Youth in Development Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development as senior adviser for policy until December 2012. Previously, as senior adviser to the undersecretary for citizen security, democracy, and human rights for policy on global youth, Africa, and international organizations, Dr. Goldin helped launch a task force at the Department of State that drafted its youth policy framework. She has received multiple awards for her leadership in this area. She is a frequent public speaker and convenor on broad development policy and youth issues and is a member of the adjunct faculty of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She sits on the Boards of Directors of the Society for International Development–Washington Chapter and of She’s the First, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes and supports millennial leadership and girls education, and she is a member of the Global Philanthropy Forum.

Prior to her service in the Obama administration, Dr. Goldin worked with Peace Dividend Trust as managing economist, leading research projects related to economic recovery and stabilization. She has worked in and with public, corporate, finance, and nonprofit organizations on economic growth, education, democracy and governance, youth, urbanization, gender, stabilization, and social innovation policy and programs. Other experience includes 10 years working and consulting in the development and finance sectors with organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics International, and IFES. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, an M.Sc. in development from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in international political economy from American University, and a B.A. in East Asian studies from Union College. Dr. Goldin has lived, worked, and traveled in over 50 countries across all 7 continents. She is on Twitter @nicolegoldin.