Plenary session
Think development - Think WIDER

UNU-WIDER has for more than 30 years been associated with some of the most advanced thinking and practice in development economics, and it has over the past decade produced more than 2,000 publications under its 'Finance, Food and Climate Change' and 'Transformation, Inclusion and Sustainability' work programmes.

Many of these publications have been produced by people in the audience. This final plenary will close the September 2018 WIDER development conference with a debate on how we need to Think development – and Think WIDER in future. 

Session videos

Plenary 5 | Closing plenary: Think development – Think WIDER

Ravi Kanbur | Ann E. Harrison | David M. Malone | Benno Ndulu | Q&A | Finn Tarp 


Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos | Chair

Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos is the Deputy Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland. Dr Kuvaja-Xanthopoulous has worked and conducted research in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. In addition to various positions within the Finnish Foreign Service she has served as a National Expert seconded by the Finnish MFA to the Directorate-General for Development in the European Commission.

Benno Ndulu | Presenter

Benno Ndulu currently holds the Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair in Development at the University of Dar-es-Salaam; and is an Academic Co-Director of Pathways to Prosperity: Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development hosted at the University of Oxford. He is the former Governor of the Bank of Tanzania (2008-2018) and has previously held positions as Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam; Executive Director of the AERC; and leading positions at the World Bank.

Ravi Kanbur | Presenter

Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank, including as Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the Africa Region, as Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as Director of the World Bank's World Development Report. Professor Kanbur has published over 250 publications during his career.

Ann E. Harrison | Presenter

Ann E. Harrison is the incoming dean of Berkeley Haas, at the University of California, Berkeley. She us William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Fellow at the CEPR and an affiliate of the International Growth Centre in London. She previously served as the US Representative on the United Nation’s Committee on Development Policy. Professor Harrison has also serves as the Director of Development Policy at the World Bank.

David M. Malone | Presenter

David Malone is Rector of the United Nations University and the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is a former Canadian public servant and previously held positions as Canada's High Commissioner for India, Non-Resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal, Canadian Ambassador to the UN and served as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He holds a MPA from Harvard University and a DPhil from Oxford University. Dr Malone has published extensively on peace and security issues.

Finn Tarp | Closing remarks

Finn Tarp is the Director of UNU-WIDER and Professor of Economics at University of Copenhagen. His field experience covers more than two decades of in-country work in 35 countries across Africa and the developing world more generally. Professor Tarp research focus is on issues of development strategy and foreign aid, with an interest in poverty, income distribution and growth, micro- and macroeconomic policy and modelling, agricultural sector policy and planning, household and enterprise development.