Dr Debapriya BHATTACHARYA, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) – a leading think-tank in South Asia. Until recently he was the Special Adviser on LDCs to the Secretary General, UNCTAD (2009-2010).
Dr Bhattacharya was formerly the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, UN office, and other international organisations in Geneva (2007-2009). He was the President of UNCTAD’s governing board, as well as the coordinator of the LDC Group at the UN in Geneva. He was the first Executive Director of the CPD (1999-2007) and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) (-1999). He holds a PhD in Economics from the Plekhanov Institute of National Economy, Moscow and did his post-doctoral research at Queen Elizabeth House Oxford. Dr Bhattacharya held a number of visiting positions, including at UN-INTECH (Maastricht), University of Manchester and IDE (Tokyo).
Throughout his career, Dr Bhattacharya has been engaged in high-level policy design and advisory to the national government and various bilateral and international development agencie at home and in a number of developing countries. He was a member of the Macroeconomic Policy Advisory Committee, Ministry of Finance; Banking Sector Reform Committee; Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Panel of Economists for the Fifth Five Year Plan (1997-2002), Ministry of Planning, National Committee on the Utilisation of Gas Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; and National Committee for Vision 2020, Prime Minister’s Office. Dr Bhattacharya also drafted the Industrial Policy (1999) for the Ministry of Industries, and was Director of Janata Bank (1996-2000), the second largest bank in Bangladesh.
Dr Bhattacharya was a member of the Task Force on “Foreign Aid” constituted under the Adviser (Minister) for Planning in the Interim Government of 1991. He has been a longstanding member of the Advisory Committee on WTO Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh and prepared the first-ever country-level Trade-Related Technical Assistance Need Assessment for Bangladesh under the multi-agency Integrated Framework. For UNDP, he prepared the first-ever disaggregated Human Development Index for Bangladesh and Nepal. Since 2001, he has regularly contributed to the preparation of the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), Washington, D.C., he is an Associate Fellow at the Asia Society, New York, and serves in the boards of a number of national, regional, and international development organisations, including the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC). Dr Bhattacharya was the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Economic Association for three consecutive terms. He is a member of the governing body of BRAC, the largest NGO of the world. He also sits in the Academic Council of the BRAC University. Last but not least, he is a Regional Editor of the Oxford Development Studies, Member of the Editorial Board, South Asian Studies, Colombo, and Trade Insights, Kathmandu.
Dr Anna Batyra has been coordinator of LDC IV Monitor since its inception in September 2011 and is based in its central office in Istanbul, Turkey.
Prior to joining the project, she worked for the Policy Dialogue Division at the OECD Development Centre (2009-2011), where she built the Development Finance Network (Define) - a network of think tanks from the developing, emerging and partner countries, advising the OECD in the area of development policy. At the OECD, she was also responsible for the Global Forum on Development (GFD), the only OECD forum devoted to development and promoting dialogue between OECD and non-OECD governments and stakeholders. Moreover she was in charge of the LDC-related dialogue and outreach, and prepared the OECD’s contribution to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).
Dr Batyra is economist, specialised in macro- and labour economics. She obtained her degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Master and a PhD in Quantitative Economics from the European Doctoral Programme, undertaken jointly at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, Tel Aviv University, Israel and the Paris School of Economics, France. Prior to joining the OECD, she was a research fellow at Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Belgium (2005-2009). Earlier she worked for the Financial Services Policy Unit at the DG Internal Market of the European Commission, Federal Planning Bureau and Wallonia Region, Belgium. Currently she is a lecturer in Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a citizen of Poland.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh
Professor Mustafizur RAHMAN is an economist by training. He is currently the Executive Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading civil society think tank in Bangladesh.
Professor Rahman was educated in Moscow State University where he earned his PhD in Development Economics; Oxford University, UK where he was a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow; and Yale University, USA where he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow. Professor Rahman received the prestigious Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal of the Dhaka University for excellence in research. His current research interests include the implications of ongoing negotiations in the WTO for the economies of the least developed countries; trade related capacity building and aid in the context of the LDCs; Bangladesh’s external sector performance and its determinants; regional cooperation and economic integration in South Asia and trade-poverty nexus. Professor Rahman has published widely in professional journals both in Bangladesh and abroad, and has authored several books and monographs.
Professor Rahman has been a member of various national bodies set up by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), including WTO Advisory Committee, Committee to Review National Coal Policy, and Regulatory Reforms Commission. Professor Rahman is a member of the National Task Force constituted by the GoB to monitor the impact of the global financial crisis on Bangladesh economy and also a member of the Panel of Economists for the Sixth Five Year Plan, and Participatory Perspective Plan of Bangladesh. He is a member of Dhaka University Senate and National University Senate. Professor Rahman is currently on leave from the University of Dhaka, where he is a Professor in the Faculty of Business Studies.
Head of Research
Dr Fahmida KHATUN is Head of Research at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh. Prior to joining the CPD she worked as a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS); as an Environment Specialist for UNDP; and as an Economist for the USAID Mission in Bangladesh. She taught economics at universities in Bangladesh and England. Dr Khatun received her Masters and PhD in Economics from the University College London, University of London. Subsequently she was a Visiting Fellow at the Christian Michelsen Institute, Norway. She is the first woman to be appointed as Director of Janata Bank Limited, the second largest state owned bank of Bangladesh.
Dr Khatun has undertaken research for several international organisations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, Overseas Development Institute, Harvard Business School, United Nations Environment Program, FAO, DFID, Oxfam, UNDP, North-South Institute of Canada, Adelaide University, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva and the Asian Development Bank. Her research interest include macroeconomic growth and stability; international trade and WTO issues; impact of trade liberalization on various sectors of the economy; valuation of environmental and natural resource degradation; environment-population-poverty nexus, and gender and social issues. She has a number of publications to her credit at home and abroad.
Dean of Economics and Management Faculty
Dr Aly M’BAYE is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), and was formerly the Director of CREA (the faculty’s research institute for applied economics).
Dr M’Baye holds a Doctorate in Development Economics from the University of Clermont Ferrand (France) and has held several international academic positions in recent years, including as a Fulbright Professor at Swarthmore and George Washington University, a Cornell Visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, and a visiting research scholar at the Research Department of the World Bank. He has piloted several Household and Investment Climate Assessment Surveys in Senegal and other African countries. He has several publications in the area of development economics and West Africa, with special focus on Senegal. He has also served as a consultant for many international organizations such as UNCTAD, WTO, FAO, the World Bank, UNECA, WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union), and the Senegalese government.
Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec)
Mohammad Razzaque holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex and is currently Economic Adviser at the Economic Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, and on leave from the University of Dhaka, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. His primary research interests lie in the area of empirical trade policy analysis and he has written extensively on export performance, regional integration, multilateral trade agreements, exchange rate management, and aid for trade. He is the editor of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics, a flagship publication of the Commonwealth Secretariat, which aims to communicate technical trade policy issues to wider readership. Apart from trade, he has also undertaken research and published on poverty and labour issues.
Economic and Social Research Foundation, ESRF, Tanzania
Hoseana Bohela Lunogelo
Executive Director of the Economic and Social Research Foundation, Dr Hoseana Bohela LUNOGELO is a trained agricultural economist with more than 20 years experience as a policy analyst and development management.
He has worked for rural development and regional integration programmes in Eastern Africa, and served in a number of committees for economic and environmental management. He was team leader to the process of formulation of the environmental management protocol for the East African Community (EAC) and the establishment of Lake Victoria Basin Commission. He has also worked in trade facilitation projects, which have involved the preparation of recommendations for establishment of one-stop border posts in the EAC and the identification of transport infrastructure projects for possible funding by the African Development Bank. Dr Lunogelo has been involved and prepared more than 50 reports covering different thematic development areas, ranging from food security, agricultural extension, value chain and marketing, fisheries management, land use management, growth sectors and growth drivers, labour management, regional trade and regional integration.
Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI), France
President of the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI), Patrick GUILLAUMONT is professor emeritus at the University of Auvergne, member of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI) which he founded in 1976, and director of the Revue d'Economie du Développement.
Professor Guillaumont is also a member of the European Development Network (EUDN) and Fellow of the Oxford Center for Studies on African Economies (CSAE). For many years he has been a member of the Committee of Development Policy at the United Nations (CDP) where he chaired, from 1997 to 2009, various expert groups on the identification criteria of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He has been a member of many international advisory committees and has worked for various international institutions and foreign governments.
Professor Guillaumont has published many books and nearly two hundred papers, mainly on development, in a wide set of economic journals, including China Economic Review, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, World Bank Economic Review, World Development, World Economy, and many more. His recent work focuses mainly on public development assistance, economic vulnerability and the LDCs. In 2009 he published a book « Caught in a Trap, Identifying the least developed countries,» which is followed by a volume « Out of a Trap,» forthcoling. His present research is mainly about aid allocation criteria and the effectiveness of special measures for the LDCs (book in preparation Out of the trap. Supporting the least developed countries).
He has been given in 1992 the “Prix El Fasi de la recherche francophone”.
Dr Alassane DRABO works for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Programme at the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI).
Dr Drabo received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Centre for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI - University of Auvergne) in 2011. He previously studied Development Economics at the same university, where he earned his Master’s degree. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. His research interests include development economics, human capital, environmental issues, poverty, and applied economics, among others. Most recently, he has worked on the impact of natural disasters induced by climate change on international migration in developing countries. He has published in scientific journals. Dr Drabo has taught at the University of Auvergne since October 2007.
Galatasaray University (GSU), Turkey
Since March 2007 Mehmet ARDA has been Associate Professor of International Relations at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Professor Arda graduated from Dartmouth College with an Economics degree in 1969 and earned his Ph.D in Economics at University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Subsequently he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University until 1982, when he joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. He was the Head of Commodities Branch before his retirement in November 2006.
Professor Arda’s areas of research include: economic and political foundations of the modern international trading system, its evolution, the negotiating processes and multidimensional governance; the changing composition, direction and nature of international trade; characteristics and structures of modern international markets and international value chains, the effective participation therein of developing country firms; design and implementation of national and international economic policies in the age of globalization; respective roles and responsibilities of states, international organizations, private sector and civil society in the above areas and fostering cooperation among them; structural change and economic diversification in developing countries; and environmental and natural resource management, with a focus on market based policies.
Dr POLAT is Assistant Professor at Galatasaray University's Economics Department. He received his B.A. degree in Economics from Galatasaray University (1999) and his M.A. degree in Econimics from Paris E.H.E.S.S (2002). He earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Paris 10 Nanterre (2007). His research interests are in macroeconomics, education economics, labor economics, inequality and microeconometrics.
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Switzerland
Mr Christophe BELLMANN is the Programmes Director at ICTSD. Mr Bellmann joined ICTSD in 1998, first as Programme Officer for Outreach and Partnership, then as Director of Policy Dialogues and finally, since 2002, as Programmes Director. In his current position, he is responsible for fundraising, management and overall supervision of ICTSD’s research, dialogue and capacity building programmes in Geneva and in the regions.
Before joining our Organisation, Mr Bellmann worked for the Swiss Coalition of Development Organisations (SCDO) where he was responsible for activities on multilateral trade and sustainable development issues. During that time he produced several papers and articles related among others to public participation in the WTO, possible multilateral disciplines on foreign direct investment (FDI), trade preferences for developing countries, agriculture trade reform and trade-related technical assistance. Mr Bellmann has also worked as a Research Associate at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, on the relationship between trade and the environment.
Mr Bellmann has edited and published a wide range of books, articles and opinion pieces in English, French and Spanish on trade and sustainable development. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva. Mr Bellmann is a citizen of Switzerland.
Miguel Rodriguez Mendoza
Mr Miguel RODRÍGUEZ MENDOZA is a Senior Fellow at ICTSD, in charge of Aid for Trade and Regionalism Programmes.
Between 1991 and 1994, Mr Rodriguez Mendoza was Venezuela’s Minister of State and President of the Institute of Foreign Trade, Venezuela’s governmental body responsible for the country’s trade policies. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Deputy Director-General of the WTO. Between late 2002 and the end of 2004, Mr Rodríguez Mendoza led the Geneva office of Van Bael & Bellis, a Brussels-based international law firm that specializes in EU and international trade law. Mr Rodríguez Mendoza is a citizen of Venezuela.
Senior Development Economist
Dr Vinaye ANCHARAZ is Senior Development Economist at the ICTSD. Earlier, Mr Ancharaz was a Principal Research Economist in the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank. In that capacity, he managed the African Economic Outlook 2011 theme chapter on “Africa and its Emerging Partners” and led work on the African Development Report 2012 on green growth as well as contributing to the design of the Bank’s Green Growth Strategy. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Mauritius, where he held various administrative positions, including Head of the Department of Economics and Statistics, Director of the MA Economics programme, and WTO Chair-holder. Earlier, Mr Ancharaz served as an economist in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius; and as a research assistant at the Centre for International Development at Harvard University.
Mr Ancharaz holds a BSc (Hons) in economics from the University of Mauritius and MSc and PhD degrees in international economics from Brandeis University, USA, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He is a Mauritian national.
Development Junior Programme Officer
Ms Anne-Katrin PFISTER is a Junior Programme Officer for the Development and Aid for Trade Programmes at ICTSD.
Ms Pfister earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Hannover, Germany, and completed a Master of Science in International Public Policy at University College London, UCL. She was a trainee at the Bavarian Representation to the EU in Brussels, the European Parliament and the German Embassy to the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria. Ms Pfister joined ICTSD in September 2010. She is a citizen of Germany.
Development Programme Officer
Mr Paolo GHISU is a Programme Officer for the Competitiveness and Development Programme.
He holds a Master in International Relations with a major in International Economics from the Trento Graduate School of International Studies and a Bachelor in Economics and Social Science from the University of Trento, Italy. He also studied at The University of Melbourne of Australia, where he attended the Master of International Politics, and conducted research on Chinese ethnic and minority policies at the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. Previously, he conducted field research in Tanzania, where he undertook the monitoring and assessment of rural development projects in the Kipengere Range. He also worked as an intern in the Human Rights Department of the Permanent Mission of Italy in Geneva. He joined ICTSD in April 2008, where he first worked in the Regionalism Program. Mr Ghisu is a citizen of Italy.
OECD Development Centre
Head of Policy Dialogue Division
Mr Federico BONAGLIA, Italian, has headed the Policy Dialogue Division of the OECD Development Centre since June 2011. The Policy Dialogue Division is responsible for coordinating the Centre’s policy dialogue and targeted policy support activities. It also hosts the Development Centre’s Partnerships and Networks, including the Development Finance Network (DeFiNe) – a network of think tanks; the Emerging Markets Network (EmNet) – a network of multinational enterprises; and the Informal Network of DAC Development Communicators (DevCom) – the network of Heads of Information and Communication from development co-operation agencies. In this capacity, Mr Bonaglia also supports the OECD G20/G8 team in coordinating the Organisation’s contribution to the G8 and G20 development processes.
Mr Bonaglia began his career at the OECD in 1999, when he first joined the Development Centre. In 2008, he was loaned to Italy’s Prime Minister’s office, where he worked for two years as Senior Advisor in the G8/G20 Sherpa Office, heading the Development Division and coordinating Italy’s participation to the Heligendamm Dialogue Process (HDP). Upon his return to the OECD in January 2010, he worked as Senior Policy Analyst at the Development Cooperation Directorate (DCD), where he coordinated, in close co‑operation with the OECD G20 Sherpa, the OECD contributions to the development work streams of the G8 and G20 processes.
An economist by training, Mr Bonaglia studied at Bocconi University in Milano and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He holds a degree with honours in economics and social sciences and a Master in Economics from Bocconi University.
Laura Recuero Virto
Dr Laura Recuero Virto is an Economist at the Competitiveness and Structural Analysis Unit at the OECD Development Centre, where she is in charge of studies on infrastructure and public policies in Africa, and the project on Innovation and ICT in emerging economies for thePerspectives on Global Development 2013. She joined the Development Center in 2008 as an Economist at the Africa and Middle East Team, where she was in charge of the project on Innovation in ICTs in Africa for the African Economic Outlook 2009.
Prior to joining the OECD, Dr Recuero Virto was a research associate at Télécom Paris Tech, in charge of the programme on Telecommunication Infrastructure and Economic Performance at the Chair on Innovation and Regulation in the Digital Economy, sponsored by Télécom Paris Tech, Ecole Polytechnique, and France Télécom. Her professional experience includes Nortel Networks, the Centre National d'EtudesSpatiales (CNES) and the European Space Agency in the field of radio communications (mobile and satellite). She has collaborated with the World Bank Institute on the topic of regulatory institutions in Africa and Latin America, and with Vodafone on an analysis of cellular demand in South Africa. She has also collaborated with the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate at the OECD on budgetary institutions in OECD and Latin American countries.
Laura holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and an MBA in International Trade from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also holds a PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics.
Junior Advisor to the Head of Policy Dialogue Division
MsNoémieVideau has been Junior Advisor to the Head of Policy Dialogue Division at the OECD Development Centre since September 2009, working on OECD networks involving a broad range of corporate, academic and governmental stakeholders from developing, emerging and partner countries, as well as LDC-related activities. Recently, she has taken charge of the OECD Development Finance Network (DeFiNe), a network of development experts worldwide who contribute knowledge to the OECD's flagships and dialogues. At the Centre she is also responsible for the OECD Global Forum on Development and co-organised its 2012 edition, which brought together high-level experts to discuss the future OECD Strategy on Development and identify best practices in making public expenditure more effective.
Prior to joining the OECD, MsVideau worked for the French Development Agency (AFD) as a Credit Analyst. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from the French business school ESCP Europe and studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).