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GPED Forum

The GPED is pleased to welcome alumni from around the world as its guest speakers for the GPED Forum series for the 2016-17 academic year!


Spring 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Calhoun Hall 109, 4:00-5:20 pm
Swarna Gunaratne
Alternate Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
"Global Economic Challenges and Prospects in Low Income Developing Countries--with Special Reference to Sri Lanka"

Friday, March 31, 2017
Gartland Hall 101, 12:00-1:30 pm
Lauren Davis
Assistant Policy Analyst and Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
"Is A Career In Public Policy Analysis A Good Fit For You?"

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Calhoun Hall 109, 4:00-5:20 pm
Sait Mboob
Foreign Service Officer, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
"Decision-Making through Growth Diagnostics and Cost-Benefit Analysis"

Fall 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Wilson Hall 112, 4:00-5:20 pm
Saad Tamman
Senior Associate, McKinsey&Company / Glowfish Capital
"Punjab’s School Education – Design and Implementation of the Reforms"

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wilson Hall 112,  4:00-5:20 pm
Amalia Lucena
Aggregated Full Time Professor and Chief of International Economics Cathedra, Central University of Venezuela (UCV), School of Economics
"Low Income Housing Programs in Latin America: Evaluation Ex-Post
Background material: Loan proposal

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wilson Hall 112,  4:00-5:30 pm
Tae-shin Kwon
President & CEO, Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI)
"Overview of Korea’s Rapid Industrial Development: Miracle on the Han River"

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Wilson Hall 112, 4:00-5:20 pm
Carolina Avalos Burgos
Vice President, the Salvadoran Foundation for Development and Basic Housing (FUNDASAL)
"Conditional Cash Transfers in El Salvador: Policy Evaluation of Comunidad Solidario Rural"
Presentation summary
Background materials: article 1; article 2

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