Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank
Asad Alam is the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa for the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Vice Presidency of the World Bank. In this position, he is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of EFI’s country-focused programs in about 25 countries in Africa. Prior to this, Asad served as Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank Group. He earlier served as Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti; Country Director for Southern Africa; Country Director for the South Caucasus; Sector Manager in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Country Economist in various countries. He has written on various subjects including growth, productivity, governance, poverty, inequality, trade, and fiscal issues. Asad holds a doctorate in economics from Columbia University.
Chief Economist and Future of Conflict Program Director at the International Crisis Group
Tarek Ghani is the Chief Economist and Future of Conflict Program Director at the International Crisis Group. Tarek is an Assistant Professor of Strategy (on leave) at Washington University’s Olin Business School and a Nonresident Fellow of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. From 2006-2009, he oversaw conflict prevention grants at the private foundation Humanity United. He has worked with the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace, and the World Bank. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
CEO and President, Oxfam America
Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as President and CEO in 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development, she brings a strategic focus on addressing the policies and systems that perpetuate global poverty. Prior to joining Oxfam, Maxman served as Deputy Secretary-General of CARE International in Geneva, providing leadership across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs and Operations for CARE USA, and in other country and regional leadership roles in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. She has a Master’s of International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Global Director, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank
Carolina Sánchez-Páramo is the Global Director of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice (GP) at the World Bank. During her tenure at the Bank, she has also worked on operations, policy advice and analytical activities in Eastern Europe, Latin America and South Asia, and was part of the core team working on the WDR2012, “Gender Equality and Development”. Her main areas of interest and expertise include labor economics, poverty and distributional analysis, gender equality and welfare impacts of public policy. She holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.
Lead Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank
Tara Vishwanath is a Lead Economist and a Global Lead of the Global Solutions Group for Welfare Implications of Climate, Fragility, and Conflict Risks in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank. Prior to joining the Africa Region, she led the poverty program in Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regions. Before joining the World Bank, she was a professor of economics at Northwestern University and has published widely in leading international economics journals on economic theory, labor economics, and development. She holds a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.