Development Roundtable

Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Under the guidance of IDEV leadership and faculty, the Development Roundtable provides a forum for informed discussion of major issues facing the development community today. The event gives speakers the opportunity to address the challenges of global development assistance and to suggest new initiatives that will improve the field. For more than a dozen years, the annual series has hosted influential speakers at the lunchtime hour before a diverse audience comprised of the school's community and representatives from the academic, policy and government sectors.

Development Roundtable Coordinator 2017 - 2018: Chloe Hauenstein
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Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo Credit: Noel St. John)

Fall 2017 Schedule

"Extraordinary Somalia: The Future of Political and Economic Growth"
Dr. Abdirahman D. Beileh - Minister of Finance, Somalia
Thursday, October 12, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
BOB 500

"A Practitioner's Approach to Financing Energy Efficiency in Emerging Markets"
Madeleine Varkay - Former Private Sector Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Wednesday, November 1, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
BOB 500

"The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What to Do About It"
Ross Baird - Village Capital, CEO and Founder
Wednesday, November 15, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Rome Auditorium

"Global Economic Trends: The World Economy and Where It Is Headed”
Masood Ahmed - Center for Global Development, President
Wednesday, December 6, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
BOB 500


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Carrie Hessler-Radelet, former Director of the Peace Corps, with International Development faculty and SAIS students. (Photo Credit: Noel St. John)

Past Series