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Ana Revenga

Ana Revenga is a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also serves on the board of the BBVA Foundation and is the President of the Board of ISEAK, a new foundation for the study of social policies based in Bilbao, Spain. Her areas of expertise are development policy, international economics, poverty and inequality, labor economics, employment, and social policy and gender. Ana Revenga’s professional career has spanned a variety of assignments at the World Bank and at the Spanish Central Bank, as well as teaching assignments at the Centre for Economic and Financial Studies in Madrid and Brown University. She is a member of the COTEC network for innovation in policy in her home country of Spain and a Nonresident Research Associate at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). In her 27-year career at the World Bank, Revenga worked in a number of senior management and technical positions in East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa regions. Until December 15, 2017, she was the Deputy Chief Economist at the World Bank Group. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director for the Poverty and Equity Global Practice in charge of all the technical teams working on poverty and equity, and serving as the principal spokesperson for the World Bank Group on these issues. Previously she was Director of Human Development in the Europe and Central Asia Region. In 2011 2012, Revenga was Co-director of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. She was also an author of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development). Revenga has published extensively on employment, globalization, inequality, social protection, poverty, and trade issues in journals such as Scientific American, The Journal of Economic Inequality, The World Bank Research Observer, The World Bank Economic Review, Finance & Development, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, and Moneda y Crédito. She has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College, and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva.

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Ani Rudra Silwal

Ani Rudra Silwal is an economist at the World Bank currently working on poverty and inequality issues. His recent work includes global trends in inequality as well as measurement and analysis of poverty in Sri Lanka. He previously also worked on issues surrounding global migration and remittance flows. He completed his Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of Sussex, where he examined natural, historical, and market forces that constrain Tanzanian households in poverty. He also received a B.S. (Honors) in Economics from Swarthmore College. He enjoys running and has completed four marathons.

Kinnon Scott

Kinnon Scott

Kinnon Scott is a Senior Economist in the Poverty and Equality Global practice. She is presently working in the Latin America and Caribbean region and manages the Poverty and Equity work program for Central America. She has co-authored Systematic Country Diagnostics for Panama and Guatemala looking at growth, inclusion and sustainability and is leading studies on female migrants in Mexico and the wiliness of higher income individuals to give up fuel subsides in El Salvador. Prior to this she was in the Poverty and Inequality within the World Bank’s Research Group where she managed the Living Standards Measurement Study. In this capacity she worked extensively with governments to produce policy-relevant data for poverty measurement and monitoring in many regions of the world. Professor Scott has been engaged in work on poverty measurement and highlights methodological research in household surveys (in areas of finance, income and consumption) as well as disability, the evolution of poverty and social protection targeting.

David Spielman

David J. Spielman

David J. Spielman, a U.S. national, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2004, and is currently a senior research fellow based in Washington, DC. His research agenda covers a range of topics including agricultural science, technology and innovation policy; seed systems and input markets; and community-driven rural development. Prior to this, David was posted to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with IFPRI’s Knowledge, Innovation, and Capacity Division. Earlier in his career, he worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank (Washington, D.C.), the Aga Khan Development Network (Pakistan), and several other organizations. His work maintains a regional emphasis on East Africa and South Asia. David received a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2003, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.

Griffin Thompson

Griffin Thompson

Professor Thompson has over 25 years of experience working on energy, climate, and development issues from a variety of institutional perspectives. He began his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he was detailed to the U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy and managed the Asia program for the U.S. private sector, leading efforts to increase the diffusion of renewable energy into China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. After leaving NREL, Professor Thompson became the executive director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and later served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At the State Department’s​ climate change office, he managed the multimillion dollar climate program portfolio and served as lead U.S. climate negotiator at the United Nations. Professor Thompson is currently Director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy resources. His work includes advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in priority countries through the promotion of electricity system reforms and increased access to clean and affordable energy services. He received a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.
Erwin Tiongson

Erwin R. Tiongson

Erwin R. Tiongson is Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Development in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He concurrently serves as Deputy Director of the MSFS Program. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2014, Erwin was a Senior Economist at the World Bank and served in the Europe and Central Asia Region and, more recently, in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. He first joined the World Bank in 2003 through its Young Professionals Program. He also served as staff member of the International Monetary Fund from 1997-2003 and served as Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Management from 2009-2011, where he remains a Nonresident Research Fellow. He is a Research Fellow of Das Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) (Institute for the Study of Labor), External Research Fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at the University College London, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM). Erwin holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Economics from The George Washington University, an M.P.P. from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Economics from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was born and raised in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.

Charles Udomsaph

Charles Udomsaph

Charles Udomsaph is Associate Professor of Teaching in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and teaches the econometrics sequence for the Global Human Development Program. Since 2003, Professor Udomsaph has worked for the World Bank, most recently with the Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and South Asia Regions. Completed projects range from data collection and capacity building in Cameroon to the implementation of enterprise surveys in Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on private sector development in transition economies, specifically the quantitative assessment of the local business environment in Eastern Europe and its impact on job creation and firm productivity over time. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s BSFS/MSFS program and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Samhir Vasdev

Samhir Vasdev is a designer and technologist supporting global development through better access and use of data. At IREX, a global development and education organization, he drives efforts to foster better use of data and technology to inform decisions, learning, and action in aid efforts and within development organizations. Prior to joining IREX, Samhir worked at the World Bank’s Innovation Lab and Digital Development practice, where he helped governments collaborate with citizens to improve public services using open, lean, and creative tools and methods. He regularly facilitates workshops with the development sector to build creative confidence, data literacy, and information design skills. Samhir holds a BA in political science and an MA in interdisciplinary technology studies, both from Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Eduardo Velez

Eduardo Velez has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. His field of study was Applied Social Statistics. His areas of interest include Sociology of Social and Economic Development, Economics of Education, and Analysis and Evaluation of Development Programs.

Dr. Velez had a long trajectory at the World Bank in Washington D.C., Mexico City and in Beijing.  He was Education Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, and Education Sector Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean; Sector Coordinator (Human Development) for the China program; Sector Leader (Human and Social Development for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela); and Human Development Cluster Leader for Uganda and Tanzania.  He also served as Principal Education Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa.  Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Velez was Adjunct Director at Instituto Ser de Investigación in Bogotá, Colombia, his country of origin.

Dr. Velez has written extensively on the subjects of Economics, Education, Development and Sociology (has published nine books and near 100 articles in professional journals or as chapters in books, and research reports).

Holly Wise

Holly Wise

Professor Wise leads the GHD/SFS Global Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows Program and supports the SFS NetImpact chapter. Her teaching areas include social enterprise, innovation, enterprise development, and the year long Capstone Course entitled Management, Analysis and Practice in Global Development. Research and advisory activities focus on corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, leadership development, social enterprise case studies, and monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder alliances. Professor Wise serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011). She sits on the boards of FHI360, Grassroots Business Partners, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), LivingGoods, and GlobalGiving. Ms. Wise is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She spent a career in the foreign service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Professor Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.