Participant Bios

  • Janki Andharia Professor at the Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

    Janki Andharia teaches at the Centre for Disaster Management of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in India (Mumbai). She has over 27 years of experience in the field of community organisation and social development and her areas of work focus on gender issues, environmental concerns, democratic governance, addressing diverse forms of marginalisation and vulnerability. Janki has been involved in national and state level policymaking work and has had a long association with grassroots organisations. Until 2006, she was Head of the Department of Urban and Rural Community Development before moving on as Chairperson of the newly created Centre for Disaster Management. She has provided leadership in the area of Disaster Management within TISS, introducing a fully-fledged Masters in this field. Professor Andharia serves on the Steering Committees of the National Disaster Management Authority of India. Over the years Professor Andharia has conducted research, trainings and consultancy assignments for governments, industry and NGOs and international agencies. Prof. Andharia’s research projects focus on Climate Change and Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Hospital Preparedness to disasters in Mumbai.

  • Jean Eric Aubert Former Programme Manager at the OECD and at the World Bank

    Jean-Eric Aubert has had a career at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and at the World Bank. He has operated as policy evaluator and advisor to governments in more than 50 countries of all development levels. He has also been consultant for a number of international organisations, including UN agencies, as well as African, Arab and Mediterranean institutions. His fields of competences and interventions cover a wide range of policy areas including education, science, technology, industry, governance, regional and local economies and development strategies. He has a particular interest in the socio-cultural factors underlying the development of civilisations and nations. He is the author or director of some 50 international publications and books including, with the World Bank, China and the Knowledge Economy (2003), Transforming Arab Economies: Travelling the Knowledge and Innovation Road (2013), Innovation Policy: A Guide for Developing Countries (2010) and Building Knowledge Economies, Advanced Development Strategies (2007). He also contributed in the series of Science and Technology Policy Outlooks and Country Reviews produced by the OECD.

  • Fernanda Bak Digital Content and Program Manager, The Economist

    Fernanda Bak is a New York-based Brazilian journalist who has worked for all the major Brazilian broadcasting television networks as a news reporter and newscaster for the past 15 years. She holds a Master’s degree from NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Masters in Sustainability from Fundação Dom Cabral. Fernanda has moderated and hosted several events in Latin America and North America and has written extensively on environmental issues, state and national politics, foreign affairs, finance, technology and energy for Rede Globo, Rede Record and Rede Bandeirantes among others. Currently, she is leading content development for The Economist’s summits and events across the US and Latin America and is also a contributor to several publications including The Huffington Post, The Brics Post and SBT (Brazilian System of Television).

  • Mamadou Biteye Africa Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Mamadou Biteye oversees the Rockefeller Foundation’s work across Africa. Mamadou is an agricultural economist by training, with over 20 years of experience in strategic leadership, human resources management, programme development and implementation, financial management, public policy analysis, advocacy and campaigning and community participatory development. He has had field experience in Senegal, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Chad and Zimbabwe. He joined the Foundation from Oxfam Great Britain’s West Africa Regional Center, where he was the Regional Director, responsible for strategic programme leadership and overall management of the West Africa region, including 8 country offices. Earlier in his career, he was the Financial Officer at the African Development Foundation, before which he was Coordinator of “Sustainable Use of Wild Species Program” at The World Conservation Union. He served as the Branch Manager and Coordinator of the “Small Rural Operations Program” under an IFAD/World Bank Development Loan Program for Women at the National Agricultural Credit Bank of Senegal. He was also a Program Officer at Sahel, Etudes Assistance, Conseil Agency, SEAC.

  • Carl Dahlman Head of the Thematic and Global Development Research Division, OECD

    Carl Dahlman is the Head of the Thematic Division and Global Development Research at the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He is in charge of the annual publication Perspectives on Global Development, and responsible for ensuring the quality of the other research products of the Division. He collaborates in the formulation of the Centre’s policy messages and the management of dialogue processes with a view to maximising the OECD policy impact and value added. He joined the OECD in September 2013 from Georgetown University where he was Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at the World Bank in various research, policy, and managerial positions including as the Bank’s Resident Representative in Mexico (1994-1997), Staff Director of the 1998-1999 World Development Report – Knowledge for Development, and Senior Advisor at the World Bank Institute (1999-2004). Some of his publications include Knowledge and Innovation for Competitiveness in Brazil (2008), Mexico’s Transition to a Knowledge Based Economy: Challenges and Opportunities (2008), Enhancing China’s Competitiveness through Life Long Learning (2007), Finland and the Knowledge Economy: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned (2006), India and the Knowledge Economy: Leveraging Strengths and Opportunities (2005), Korea and the Knowledge-Based Economy: Making the Transition (2000).

  • Aidan Eyakuze Head of Economic and Public Policy Analysis, Serengeti Advisors

    Aidan Eyakuze is the co-founder and the head of economic and public policy analysis of Serengeti Advisors Ltd., a consultancy firm based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with expertise in banking, economic and public policy analysis, media, communications and corporate finance. Aidan has developed a unique expertise in country and regional analysis by leading and participating in scenario-building projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria and the East African region. Between 1995 and 1999, Aidan worked as an economist for a private consulting group in Kenya where he specialised in issues of investment climate, policy and corporate constraints to private sector growth in East Africa. In this position, he advised a number of public and private companies to develop corporate strategies for improved performance. In 2000, Aidan became Head of Business at Capital Finance Limited (CFL) and when CFL was merged with African Banking Corporation Tanzania, Aidan became Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, where he managed several advisory mandates in the mobile telecoms and agribusiness sectors successfully raising millions in expansion finance in the domestic and regional capital markets. He has published several reports, articles and chapters on economic policy.

  • Betty Sue Flowers Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

    Betty Sue Flowers is Professor Emeritus at University of Texas at Austin. She has been Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum since 2002 and, prior to this, she worked with an international team to write Global Scenarios for Shell International in London. She has edited a book in conjunction with Joseph Jaworski on the inner dimensions of leadership, Synchronicity, and has recently published another with Jaworski, Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer on Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Also, Betty Sue was the editor of global scenarios for sustainable development and scenarios for the future of biotechnology, both sponsored by the World Business Council in Geneva.

  • Robert Garris Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Robert Garris is Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he is responsible for programming at the Foundation's Bellagio Center, with a focus on cities, health, ecosystems and livelihoods; and for global and U.S. projects related to the philanthropic sector. His work enhances and extends the Foundation's global network, search activities, and convening capacity through outreach and selection of conferences and resident fellows at the Foundation's Bellagio Center and through strengthening philanthropy worldwide. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation in 2009, Rob spent eight years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he served most recently as Senior Associate Dean. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that strategic planning, external affairs, global partnerships and student affairs advanced the School’s core mission to produce graduates and research that strengthened global public policy. He also held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Asher Hasan Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Naya Jeevan

    Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (‘new life’ in Urdu/Hindi) a hybrid social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. Naya Jeevan’s operations are currently focused on Pakistan with plans to replicate this model in India, Philippines, Mexico and other emerging markets. Asher was most recently selected to join the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation for 2012-2014. He is a 2011 World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a 2013 Synergos Senior Fellow, a 2009 TED fellow, a 2011 Ashoka US fellow, a 2011 Ariane de Rothschild fellow and an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative for 2009 and 2010. Prior to launching Naya Jeevan, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotech company in San Diego, CA. He spent six years at Sanofi as a Medical Director in their US headquarters. During his tenure in New York City, Asher also completed an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

  • John Irons Managing Director, Foundation Initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation

    John Irons is Managing Director, Foundation Initiatives, at The Rockefeller Foundation. He leads much of the Foundation's work in the United States, particularly initiatives on employment, and contributes more broadly to economic analysis of the Foundation's work. His focus includes leading the Foundation's emerging work on Youth Employment in the US, the Sustainable Employment in a Green US Economy Initiative, the Brookings–Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, and other projects that focus on economic issues. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, John was the Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at The Center for American Progress, and a Senior Economic Analyst and Staff Economist at a nonprofit organisation dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation (OMB Watch). He has authored numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics including tax and budget policy, labour markets and macroeconomic policy.

  • Ahmadou Aly Mbaye Professor of Economics at the Cheikh Anta DIOP University

    Ahmadou Aly Mbaye is professor of Economics at the University Cheikh Anta DIOP (UCAD) in Senegal and currently holds the position of Director of the Research Centre in Applied Economics, affiliated with the school of economics and management at UCAD. He is also managing the regional graduate programme in climate change economics. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at UCAD and also served as a consultant for many international organisations such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Senegalese government. He is the co-author of the recent book The Informal Sector in Francophone Africa (2012) and has numerous other publications on development economics and West Africa, especially Senegal.

  • Benyamin Lakitan Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Research and Technology

    Benyamin Lakitan is Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia. Prior to this position, he was a Deputy Minister (2010-13) and Secretary General (2007-10) at the same ministry. As Deputy Minister, his main responsibility was for Science and Technology institutional affairs whereas, as Secretary General, he was actively involved in restructuring the organisation of the ministry with the aim of making it more suitable for strengthening innovation systems and redirecting R&D activities from supply-push to demand-driven approach. He was elected as the best lecturer by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 1991, and was promoted to professor in 1998 at the Sriwijaya University, Indonesia. His interest in innovation system arose in 2005 when he was assigned to work for the Ministry of Research and Technology.

  • Busisiwe Ntuli Director of Technology for Sustainable Livelihoods, Department of Science and Technology

    Busisiwe Ntuli is the Head of the Directorate Technology for Sustainable Livelihoods, within the National Department of Science and Technology of South Africa, where she is responsible for the strategic and operational management of programmes that aim to exploit Science, Technology and Innovation to create economic opportunities for those that are economically-marginalised in rural areas of South Africa whilst generating evidence to inform national policy. Her extensive work experience spans academia, the non-governmental sector, the private sector as well as the public sector. Her expertise lies in strategic management and implementation of development projects. Busisiwe received her academic training from 3 prestigious universities in South Africa. She obtained her degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and qualified with Honours in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition, she has a diploma in Advanced Business Management from the University of Johannesburg.

  • Kevin O’Neill Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation program team

    Kevin O’Neil is Associate Director for Strategic Research at The Rockefeller Foundation. Previously, Kevin was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, where he taught development studies and researched education and migration policy in South Africa. He was also a Fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and an Associate Policy Analyst with the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC. Kevin holds a PhD in Population and Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Jean-François Rischard Former Vice-President for Europe, World Bank

    Jean-François Rischard was the World Bank Vice President for Europe from 1998 to 2005, acting as the Bank’s chief spokesman both to the European Union and to individual European countries. Before, Jean- François was responsible for the World Bank's activities involving private and financial sector development in developing countries. He frequently participates as speaker in international conferences and business gatherings in Europe, the United States and Asia where he addresses topics such as managing financial crises, sustainable development, corporate governance, the role of business beyond its traditional borders, new technologies and their applications for development, the changing rules and inner workings of the new world economy, and the need for new global governance mechanisms in an increasingly complex and inter-linked world. Jean-François is the author of High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them, a book that expresses his personal views on the future and documents what he sees as the most urgent global issues of the decades to come – from climate change through contagious diseases to the global financial architecture.

  • Mauricio Santa María Former Minister of Health and Social Protection

    Mauricio Santa María S. works at EConcept, an economic consulting firm based in Bogota, Colombia, that offers independent analysis on Colombian and Latin-American economy for financial sector and multinationals investors. Prior to joining EConcept, Mauricio had a long career in the Colombian government serving as Director of the National Planning Department of Colombia between 2012 and 2013 and as Minister of Health and Social Protection between 2010 and 2012. An economist from Georgetown University, Mauricio worked as a Consultant and Senior Economist for the World Bank and served as Adjunct Director of the Colombian Foundation of Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo). Among his publications are Economic growth and armed conflict (2013) and Economic growth and unemployment: long-term challenges (2013).

  • Luis Fernando Sanabria Paraguayan Foundation

    Luis Fernando Sanabria joined the Paraguayan Foundation in 1987 and has been its General Manager since 2008. Luis Fernando has done consulting work for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Avina Foundation, and the United Nations Development Program. On numerous occasions, he has been the counterpart of Accion International in the application of a comprehensive financial diagnostic tool designed especially for microfinance institutions at Fundación Paraguaya, and he has been an evaluator for Accion International in the application of CAMEL at another local entity. In a joint Fundacion Paraguaya-Avina Foundation endeavour, Luis Fernando developed a unique system in Paraguay to evaluate development organizations. He is also the founder and first President of the Association of Civil Society Organizations of Paraguay. In the public sector, Luis Fernando led the Municipality of Asuncion’s Tax Reorganization Program from 1997 and 2001, which allowed the city to double its annual income. Luis Fernando headed the city’s Office of Internal Administration, managing an annual budget of US 60 million, and represented the city of Asunción at numerous local and international events.

  • Samantha Silberberg Global Program Manager, The Economist

    Samantha Silberberg is a Global Program Manager at The Economist, and a media maven. Samantha is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of integrated campaigns across multiple business units. An active participant at General Assembly, the premier international think tank headquartered in New York, Samantha strives to apply new business models and learning throughout all of her projects. While at The Economist, Samantha played an incremental role redesigning the look and narrative of The Economist Group's Lean back blog and is a regular contributor. Prior to The Economist, Samantha worked in strategy and planning at Zenith and OMD media agencies. Samantha has a B.A. in Advertising from the Journalism School at the University of Colorado and currently resides in New York City.

  • Rachel Slater Research Fellow and Head of Programme Social Protection, Overseas Development Institute

    Rachel is Research Fellow and Head of Programme on Social Protection at the Overseas Development Institute and Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. As such, she works in social protection, food security and rural and agricultural development. She has particular expertise in sub-Saharan Africa (especially Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia) and South Asia. Rachel is also the Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. Her most recent work includes policy analysis and providing advisory support to social protection policy makers and implementers, and the development of innovative social protection instruments and implementation mechanisms (including the design of targeting tools for social protection programmes, and a toolbox for maximising linkages between growth and social protection). Rachel contributed to a wide range of publications including Food and Nutrition (in-) Security and Social Protection (2014); Social Protection and Resilient Food Systems - a synthesis (2013); Social Protection and Resilient Food Systems: The Role of Integrated Livelihoods Approaches (2013); Growth and Livelihoods in Conflict-Affected Situations: What Do We Know? (2012); Social Protection and Basic Services in Conflict-Affected Situations: What Do We Know? (2012).

  • Conal Smith Head of Section Well-being and Household Conditions, OECD

    Conal Smith is the Head of Section “Well-being and Household Conditions” at the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where he leads the work on the development of international guidelines on the measurement of subjective well-being. Before joining the OECD, he worked in New Zealand where he oversaw the release of the first General Social Survey. Before this, he worked as a manager in the Strategic Social Policy Group in the Ministry of Social Development where he was responsible for the production of the Social Report.

  • Eriko Suzuta Senior Consultant for the OECD

    Eriko Suzuta currently works as consultant for international organisations, governments and corporate companies. She has worked on issues related to the revitalization of rural areas in developed countries; the social contribution of corporate companies in employment, training and research; educational reform and youth in fragile states; and the development of science parks. She has hands-on field experience from various developing countries including Haiti, Afghanistan and Tanzania where she worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Nippon International Co-operation for Community Development (NICCO) and the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). With previous experience in managing corporate human resources and university programs, she is particularly interested in partnerships between the public and private sectors as well as universities. She is also currently supporting foreign companies coming into Europe to establish new partnerships.

  • Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran Business and Finance Editor, The Economist

    Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the China Business and Finance Editor at The Economist and an award-winning senior correspondent. His editorial responsibilities range from business and finance to science, technology, and innovation. Vijay is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School and his commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the New York Times. He joined The Economist’s editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent and opened the magazine’s first regional bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered the politics, economics, business, and technology of energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. His latest book, Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems (Harper Collins), is about the future of global innovation.

  • Imraan Valodia Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

    Imraan Valodia is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of Witwatersrand. He was formerly Associate Professor in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies. His research interests include employment, the informal economy, gender and economic policy, and industrial development. He is currently co-ordinating an international study, in 10 cities across the globe, of the informal economy using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. His most recent book is a co-edited volume that reports on the methodology and research findings of a three-year research project, conducted in 8 countries, on the gender impacts of direct and indirect taxation. Professor Valodia serves on a number of economic policy advisory panels including Employment Conditions Commission (South Africa), the Industrial Development Corporation (South Africa). He has worked with leading international development organizations, including the United Nation Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the British Department for International Development (DFiD), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Imraan recently participated to various publications, among them: The labour market and digital jobs in Africa: South Africa’s workforce potential in impact sourcing (2013), Labour market analysis and business process services in South Africa: poverty reduction through information and digital employment initiative (2013), and the informal self-employed in Africa (2012).

  • Vivek Wadhwa Fellow, Stanford University and Director of Research, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

    Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. Wadhwa oversees research at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances — in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterial — are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the important challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. In his roles at Stanford and Duke, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads ground-breaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs and was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker and listed by TIME Magazine as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech. He is author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent (2012).

  • Carolyn Whelan Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

    Carolyn Whelan is an Editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, spearheading the creation of white papers, articles, reports and other materials. She broke into journalism by covering the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio for the Earth Island Journal and subsequently worked for non-governmental organisations including the World Wildlife Fund in Switzerland. Carolyn segued back into journalism as a staff writer for Barron’s Online in New York covering technology, and as a Dow Jones Newswires reporter in Paris covering healthcare. Her other experience includes writing conference materials for Digital Equipment Corporation, the United Nations, Telecom, and the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Most recently, Carolyn was a freelance correspondent for Fortune, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, and Scientific American.com in New York and Buenos Aires, where she wrote about trade with China, Argentina’s economic collapse, and Brazil’s growing clout, among other subjects. She earned a B.A. in communications and studied international relations at the University of Virginia, and was a 2005-2006 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University (Business and Journalism).

  • Angela Wilkinson Counsellor for Strategic Foresight, Office of the OECD Secretary General

    Angela Wilkinson supports the OECD to help its members create the global future by developing and using actionable, policy-relevant foresight. Prior to joining the OECD in 2013, Angela was the Director of Futures Programmes at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford. She also spent a decade working for Shell where she was a senior member of its global scenario team. Angela has nearly 30 years of analytical, managerial, consultancy and leadership experience, honed in a range of organisations and international bodies, spanning the public and private sector. In her various professional experiences, she has contributed to over 100 futures studies, has directed several ambitious international multi-stakeholder foresight initiatives and has contributed to many publications and articles on scenarios and foresight, including The Essence of Scenarios: Learning from the Shell Experience (2014), How plausibility-based scenario practices are grappling with complexity to appreciate and address 21st century challenges (2013), Sustainable Health Systems: Visions, Strategies, Critical Uncertainties and Scenarios (2013), and Learning with futures to realise progress towards sustainability: The WBCSD Vision 2050 Initiative (2011).

  • Adrian Wooldridge Management Editor, The Economist

    Adrian Wooldridge is the management editor and writes the Schumpeter column. He was previously based in Washington, DC, as the Washington bureau chief where he also wrote the Lexington column. Previously he has been The Economist's West Coast correspondent, management correspondent and Britain correspondent. He is the co-author of The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (2005), The Right Nation, a study of conservatism in America (2005) and A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation (2000). His most recent books are Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and their Ideas have Changed the World—for Better and for Worse (2011) and The Fourth Revolution: the global race to reinvent the state (2014).

  • Du Yang Professor, Institute of Population and Labour Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    Du Yang is a professor at the Institute of Population and Labour Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His main research fields are labour market on China, economic growth, poverty and development. As such, Du is the Chief of Division of Labour and Human Capital and Deputy Director of Research Center for Human Resources within the CASS. He is also the editor of the Journal of China on Labour Economics. He has been invited as consultant for international organizations, including the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Among his publications are Population Ageing, Domestic Consumption and Future Economic Growth in China (2010), Rising China: Global Challenges and Opportunities (2010), Demographic Ageing and Employment in China (2010) and the Priority and Targeting of Social Security: How to Identify the Poor in Cities? (2003)

  • Tae Yoo Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CISCO

    Tae Yoo leads CISCO’s social investment programmes in education, healthcare, critical human needs, and economic development. Yoo drives a strategy that engages public-private partnerships and leverages Cisco's business, technical, and financial assets for sustainable social impact in communities around the world. In addition, she sits on several internal boards and councils at Cisco that help set the company's strategy including the Emerging Countries Council, Global Public Sector Board, and Healthcare Board, for which she serves as co-chair. As a 20-year veteran of Cisco, Yoo's insight and business acumen have enabled Cisco to collaborate across government, business, and non-governmental organisation (NGO) sectors for tangible social benefit. Her leadership has helped make Cisco Networking Academy one of the largest education programmes in the world, recognised globally for its innovative approach to providing ICT skills education. Today, Networking Academy engages more than 1 million concurrent students in over 165 countries. Other programmes under Yoo's leadership include Connecting Sichuan, focused on strengthening education and healthcare systems in the Sichuan Province of China after the devastating 2008 earthquake and CISCO’s 21st Century Schools Initiative, designed to help transform communities in the United States through education.