Contributors - AL18

Short biographies of those who contributed to the event.

C. Peter Timmer

Peter Timmer is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

A core advisor on the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development, Professor Timmer also works with several Asian governments on domestic policy responses to instability in the global rice market. Among other awards, in 1992 he received the Bintang Jasa Utama (Highest Merit Star) from the Republic of Indonesia for his contributions to food security. He is also an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on agricultural development issues.

Professor Timmer’s work focuses: the nature of “pro-poor growth” and its application in Indonesia and other countries in Asia, the supermarket revolution in developing countries and its impact on the poor, and the structural transformation in historical perspective as a framework for understanding the political economy of agricultural policy.

David M. Malone

David M. Malone joined the United Nations University on 1 March 2013 as its sixth Rector. In that role, he holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Dr Malone holds a BAA from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal); an Arabic Language Diploma from the American University (Cairo); an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.

Prior to joining the United Nations University Dr David Malone served (2008–2013) as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency that supports policy-relevant research in the developing world.

Dr Malone has published extensively on peace and security issues. His most recent books include Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace (as co-editor; 2012, Cambridge University Press) and Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy (2011, Oxford University Press).

Ernest Aryeetey
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana and Chair of the WIDER Board. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. He was also Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, for the period February 2003 – January 2010. He studied Economics with Statistics (1975-1978) at the University of Ghana and took a Masters degree in Regional Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (1979-1981) and obtained a Doktor-Ingenieur at the University of Dortmund, Germany in 1985. Ernest Aryeetey’s area of specialisation is Development Economics. He was elected Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

Professor Aryeetey's research work focuses on the economics of development with interest in institutions and their role in development, regional integration, economic reforms, financial systems in support of development and small enterprise development. He is very well known for his work on informal finance and microfinance in Africa. He has consulted for various international agencies on a number of development and political economy subjects.