Speakers - How to get inclusive growth started in fragile contexts?

Panel Chair

Patricia Justino is a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, UK (on leave). She is a leading expert on political violence and development, and the co-founder and co-director of the Households in Conflict Network. Her research focuses on the relationship between political violence, institutional transformation, governance and development outcomes. She is currently the director of a ESRC large grant project on the relationship between inequality, social trust and governance outcomes.

Panel members

Adnan Khan is the Academic Director and Professor in Practice at School of Public Policy, London School of Economics. Previously he served as Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre at LSE and taught Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has spent more than 15 years in the policy world as a practitioner, policymaker and activist, and more than 10 years in the research world as a researcher, lecturer and as a catalyser of other people’s research. His areas of interest include economic development and state capacity, political economy and state fragility, and public finance.

Aloysius Uche Ordu is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings Institution. Formerly Vice President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Regional Director for Eastern Africa at AfDB, as well as Director, World Bank Group. He is Board Member, Partnership for Transparency Fund. His research interests include trade policy, regional economic integration, governance, public health economics, and infrastructure financing.

Anke Hoeffler is a Professor of Development Research at the Department of Politics & Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. In 2018 she was offered an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s most valuable international research ward.  Previously she was a research officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. She is a co-editor of the Review of Development Economics as well as a Research Affiliate at the International Security and Development Center (ISDC). Her research interests include the social causes of excess morbidity and mortality.

Franck Bousquet is the Deputy Director at the Institute for Capacity Development, International Monetary Fund, where he leads cross-departmental work on fragile and conflict affected states. In his previous position he was the Senior Director of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict, & Violence (FCV) Group. As director in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Bousquet led the World Bank’s engagement with international partners during a period of unprecedented volatility in the region. Before joining MENA, Bousquet worked for seven years across a range of sectors and fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa.

Micol Martini is a political governance adviser with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in Somalia, where she works on efforts to support policies and programmes to enable a more stable political settlement over time. Before joining FCDO in Somalia, Micol worked for over ten years across East Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Latin America, and in international policy roles with DFID, UNDP, Open Society Foundation, and other think tanks and advocacy organisations. She has in-depth experience in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen, and the Philippines.

Authors of Deals and development in fragile and conflict-affected states

Eric Werker is a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER and the William Saywell Professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He researches how less developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources, and how international actors can play a positive role in creating successful societies. Werker has written on foreign aid, private sector development, natural resource governance, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, refugees, and Ebola. Outside of academia, Werker is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and an advisor to the Liberia program of the International Growth Centre.

Kunal Sen is the Director of UNU-WIDER and a professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. He has over three decades of experience in academic and applied development economics research, is the author of eight books and the editor of five volumes on the economics and political economy of development. Professor Sen is a leading international expert on the political economy of growth and development. He has performed extensive research on international finance, the political economy determinants of inclusive growth, the dynamics of poverty, social exclusion, female labour force participation, and the informal sector in developing economies.