What's happening at eds 2018?

The Symposium will feature three separate days on three themes (international development, community development, and infrastructure development) with speakers from across industries, sectors, and geographies.

Day 1: Global Trends in International Development, February 6

Day 2: Community Development, February 13

Day 3: Infrastructure Development, February 21


EDS 2018 Concept

Strengthening Economic Development Systems to Adapt to Emerging Challenges and Threats

The Symposium is Yale SOM Economic Development Club's flagship annual event, designed to support a vibrant community of business leaders and public sector leaders who want to foster social impact through economic development. It is a platform that invites eminent scholars, action agents and opinion leaders to debate and provide actionable recommendations on pressing economic development issues in emerging markets and the U.S. The three broad themes around which our weekly sessions and speakers are organized are: Global Macro Trends in International Development, Community Development, and Infrastructure Development.

Under this year's slogan, "Strengthening Economic Development Systems to Adapt to Emerging Challenges and Threats", we will focus on resilient economic development not only in the U.S. but also in developing countries, specifically on how both business and society manage emerging global risks amidst dramatically changing global politics and economy. Those global risks include natural disaster, climate change, pandemic, rapid urbanization, immigration, and lack of decent infrastructure & social safety net.

We hope all the attendants: development practitioners, local community leaders, future leaders in business and society, can benefit immensely from perspectives and insights of distinguished speakers and panelists at a time in which there is great uncertainty over the United States’ participation in multilateral trade and environmental agreements, looming budget cuts for foreign aid and development, and its domestic policies on healthcare, immigration and infrastructure investments.

 

Sincerely,

Economic Development Club Symposium Leaders

Leadership team  


February 6th, Tuesday

Day 1: Global Trends in International Development

Keynote Speaker + Panel

kaushik basu (keynote speaker), Former chief economist of world bank, Professor of Cornell University

Nancy Birdsall, Senior fellow & the President Emeritus, Center for Global Development

Homi Kharas, Interim Vice President & Director, Brookings Institution 

William R. Cline, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute of International Economics

Rakesh Mohan (Moderator), Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs


February 13th, Tuesday

Day 2: Community Development

KESHA CASH (Keynote speaker), FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER OF IMPACT AMERICA FUND

CHRIS GEORGE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF IRIS: INTEGRATED REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT SERVICES

AMELIA REESE MASTERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CITYSEED

MUSHFIQ MOBARAK (moderator), PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

MARK SCHLESINGER, PROFESSOR OF HEALTH POLICY AT YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

JASON ABALUCK, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

KATE COONEY (Moderator), LECTURER IN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND MANAGEMENT AT YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT


February 21st, Wednesday

Day 3: infrastructure development

Speakers:

Chris Toomey, McKinsey & Company

Rui Monteiro, The World Bank

Isabel Marques de Sá, International Finance Corporation, World Bank

Rakesh Mohan, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Bart W. Édes, Asian Development Bank

Benjamin Perez, WSP Advisory Services, US

Mariana Torres, Louis Berger

Sia Kusha, Plenary Group

Mark Melson, Star America Infrastructure Partners

Andrew Chapman, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Brad Gentry, The Center for Business & the Environment at Yale

Tom Gage, Marconi Pacific | Bryan Martin, D E Shaw

John Parkinson, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure

Andrew Fraiser, Ashurst