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.
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.
Economic Development Club Symposium Leaders
February 6th, Tuesday
Day 1: Global Trends in International Development
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