Challenges Facing the Developing World in the 21st Century. Participants' biographies

Lamis Abdelaaty

Lamis Abdelaaty is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University. She specializes in international relations, human rights and humanitarian action, and asylum and migration. Her book manuscript asks why countries open their borders to some refugees while blocking others, and why a number of countries have given the United Nations control of asylum procedures and refugee camps on their territory. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Abdelaaty holds a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University.


Diana Allan

Diana Allan is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University. She is the author of Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (2014) and the founder and co-director of the Nakba Archive. Her current research focuses on Palestinian maritime histories.


Manuel Balán

Manuel Balán is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and International Development Studies at McGill University. His research focuses on corruption, corruption scandals, transparency and anticorruption policies, political competition, media and politics, and democracy and the rule of law. He is the author of Today’s Allies, Tomorrow’s Enemies? The Political Dynamics of Corruption Scandals in Latin America (Notre Dame University Press, Forthcoming), and co-editor of Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America. The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship (Notre Dame University Press, Forthcoming). Alongside his research and teaching, Prof. Balán has worked as a consultant with the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, and the World Bank Institute. He is a member of the Global Network on Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Health Systems (WHO, UNDP, and the Global Fund). He is co-founder, member of the Executive Board, and former Director of RELAM (Réseau d’études latino-américaines de Montréal) and member of ERIGAL (Équipe de recherche interuniversitaire sur l’inclusion et la gouvernance en Amérique latine). He received his PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Graduate School in the Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, India and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011. He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. He is the author of 14 books and editor of 13 other books, and author of more than 150 journal articles. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007. A more detailed description of his bio-data may be found in his website:


Michael Brown

Michael Brown is a regular consulting advisor to the United Nations (UN) on natural resource and land conflicts, mediation, indigenous peoples and peacebuilding. He is a Professor of Practice in Conflict Mediation at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. His work focuses primarily on natural resource and land conflicts. He was the UN's Senior Mediation Expert on Land and Natural Resource Conflicts for the Department of Political Affairs' (DPA) Standby Mediation Team, and a Senior Expert on Natural Resources, Environmental Diplomacy and Mediation for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He has held leadership and senior advisory positions with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN DPA, the World Bank, and UN peace missions.


James A Brumby

Jim Brumby is a Director of the Governance Global Practice, and leads the department that focuses on public sector reform. He has been engaged on public management and economic reform at state, national and international levels for more than thirty years, having worked for the Treasury of the state of Victoria in Australia, the Treasury of New Zealand, the OECD, the IMF and currently since 2007, at the World Bank. He returned to World Bank headquarters in Washington DC in 2015 after a period in Indonesia as Lead Economist and Sector Manager. He holds an MPA from Harvard University.


Nitsan Chorev

Nitsan Chorev is the Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International & Public Affairs at Brown University. Chorev was previously a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a fellow at the UCLA International Institute. Among other publications, she is the author of Remaking U.S. Trade Policy: From Protectionism to Globalization (Cornell University Press, 2007) and of The World Health Organization between North and South (Cornell University Press, 2012). Her most recent book, Give and Take: Developmental Foreign Aid and Local Pharmaceutical Production in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda is coming out with Princeton University Press this September. Her articles have been published in the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, Political Power and Social Theory, Review of International Political Economy, Sociology of Development, and Studies in Comparative International Development, among other venues.


Colleen Duggan

Colleen Duggan is the Program Leader of the Governance and Justice Program of the International Development Research Centre. She has recently returned to IDRC, Canada's premier international development research donor, after successfully completing a two year assignment as the Deputy-Director of Management with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' largest global field operation in Bogota, Colombia. She has 25 years of expertise with international organizations in strategic programming, planning, evaluation and donor relationship management in the areas of human rights and the rule of law in conflict-affected countries. Before joining IDRC, she worked for more than a decade with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the United Nations Development Programme in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and New York. At the UN she focused on humanitarian response, security sector reform, transitional justice, human rights protection, and peacebuilding. Colleen has published works on evaluation in contexts of fragility and violence and on peacebuilding initiatives; early warning and conflict prevention; and gender and transitional justice. She is a past guest editor for Journal of Peacebuilding and Development's special issue on the impact and politics of evaluation in violently divided societies (2013) and the International Journal of Transitional Justice (2011). Together with International Conflict Research (INCORE-University of Ulster, Northern Ireland), she led a three year project on research and evaluation in violently divided societies (published with SAGE in 2015). Colleen has acted as an instructor in courses on Evaluation in Conflict-Affected Settings and Ethical Evaluation Practice. She holds a Master’s in international human rights and humanitarian law from the University of Essex (UK) and a graduate degree in international development and economic cooperation from the University of Ottawa (Canada).


Robert Greenhill

With a strong interest in global issues, Robert Greenhill has combined a career in international business with a commitment to public policy. Robert Greenhill is Executive Chairman of the Global Canada Initiative. Previous roles include Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum, Deputy Minister and President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Group of Bombardier Inc. Robert started his career with McKinsey & Company. Robert has a BA from the University of Alberta, MA from the London School of Economics, and MBA from INSEAD.


Paul Heywood

Professor Paul Heywood holds the Sir Francis Hill Chair of European Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is currently seconded half-time to Global Integrity in Washington DC, where he leads a $7m programme, GI-ACE (2018-21), funded by the UK Department of International Development. Prior to taking up his Chair in 1995, Heywood taught at the University of Glasgow and Queen Mary College, London. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and did his doctorate at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity, and he is author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. Recent funded research includes an ESRC/Hong Kong project on Integrity Management in the UK, HK and China; an EU FP7 project, ANTICORRP, on anti-corruption policies; and TACOD, an EU project on tackling corruption through open data. He served as the EU DG Home Affairs UK expert on corruption (2012-16), contributing to the 2014 EU Anti-Corruption Report. He also led the precursor to GI-ACE, a £3.6m programme hosted by the British Academy, designed to identify new initiatives that can help developing countries tackle the scourge of corruption and the negative impact it has on millions of people's lives. He is an Editor of Heywood is a Trustee of Transparency International-UK, where he chairs the Advocacy and Research Committee. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2002), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2012), and a Fellow of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (2013).


Kathryn Hochstetler

Kathryn Hochstetler is Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. She has been studying environmental politics in Brazil since 1989, returning almost every year. Since the 2009 international climate negotiation in Copenhagen, she has been tracking the changing role of the BASIC countries - Brazil, China, India, and South Africa - as they have been rethinking their international climate responsibilities as emerging powers. She has published widely on environmental policy in Brazil and other emerging countries, including the prize-winning book Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society. She is completing a new book on the development of wind and solar power in Brazil and South Africa.


Timothy Hodges

Timothy Hodges is Professor of Practice at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), where his work focuses on environmental global governance, and the negotiation and implementation of international sustainable development treaties by Indigenous Peoples, governments and stakeholders. Professor Hodges is a former career Canadian diplomat, with a focus on environmental, economic, and trade policy issues including, for example, in the UN General Assembly, G8, WTO, APEC, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Food and Agricultural Organization, UNESCO, OECD, Organization of American States, NAFTA, and the Arctic Council. Concurrently, he is Principal at Timothy J Hodges & Associates -- an international consultancy providing strategic advisory and leadership services to governments, private non-profit organizations, industry, and indigenous and local communities. He served as Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the United Nations treaty on Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge (i.e., the Nagoya Protocol). Professor Hodges is past President of the Canadian Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO).


Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer and activist. Rachel serves on the International Board of Directors of Médecins Sans Frontières and a Professor of Practice at ISID, McGill University. Over the past 25 years, Rachel has headed emergency humanitarian assistance programmes with MSF in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Rachel is also the former President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and the Executive Director of a Canadian non-profit organisation, See Change initiative, working with Inuit communities in Nunavut to support the elimination of TB. During her Masters in Law and Bioethics at McGill University, Rachel focused her thesis on international governance. Rachel enjoys connecting people and speaks widely throughout North America and Europe on humanitarian action, global health, and access to medicines. She discusses her vision for addressing global crises facing our societies in this TEDxMontrealWomen talk:


Alex Mubiru

Alex Mubiru is the African Development Bank Group’s country manager for the United Republic of Tanzania where he manages a portfolio of more than USD 2 billion in loans, grants and trust funds to support poverty reduction and promote shared prosperity in the country. Prior to the assignment in Tanzania, Alex was the division manager for resource mobilization and sovereign partnerships, since September 2014. He has also served in several other capacities at the AfDB including as Lead Advisor on strategy and policy, as Principal Country Economist and as Principal Research Economist since joining in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, Alex was as an assistant professor at both the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University. Alex’s varied professional experience has allowed him to delve into the problems confronting developing countries as they pursue strategies of modernization under a wide range of political regimes and socio-economic conditions. He holds a Doctorate from Princeton University.


Sarah Muir

Sarah Muir (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2011) examines the practical logics of economic investment, ethical evaluation, and political critique, with a particular focus on social class and financial crisis. Situated at the intersection of linguistic, political-economic, and historical anthropology, her research is grounded in ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Argentina. She is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled The Limits of Critique: Middle-Class Knowledge in an Age of Routine Crisis, which examines everyday middle-class Argentine politics in the wake of a century of financial crises. She is also researching a new project called Accounting for Kith and Kin: Pension Politics, Financial Ethics, and the Space-Time of Obligation, which interrogates struggles over the restructuring of pension plans, conceptualized as key institutions of intergenerational investment and social obligation. Dr. Muir has presented and published scholarship on monetary policy and currency devaluation, the circulation of psychoanalytic and conspiracy theories, and narratives and practices of corruption and solidarity. Her work has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Current Anthropology, ANUAC: Journal of the Italian Association of Anthropology, and ​Journal of Cultural Economy, and she is Co-Editor (with Akhil Gupta, University of California, Los Angeles) of a special issue of Current Anthropology called “The Anthropology of Corruption” (2018). She is also Co-Director (with Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Columbia University) of the Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy working group. At City College, she teaches classes in anthropology and international studies and serves as Director of the International Studies Program.


Rachel Beatty Riedl

Riedl is the author of the award-winning Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-author of From Pews to Politics in Africa (CUP, forthcoming). She studies democracy and institutions, governance, authoritarian regime legacies, and religion and political participation in Africa. Riedl is the Director of the Program of African Studies, a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is the Chair of the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Susan Rose-Ackerman

Susan Rose-Ackerman is Henry R. Luce Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale University. She is the author of Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform (1999, 2d edition with Bonnie Palifka, 2016), Due Process of Lawmaking: The United States, South Africa, Germany, and the European Union (with Stefanie Egidy and James Fowkes, 2015); From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland (2005); Controlling Environmental Policy: The Limits of Public Law in Germany and the United States (1995); Rethinking the Progressive Agenda: The Reform of the American Regulatory State (1992); and Corruption: A Study in Political Economy (1978). She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and has held fellowships at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, at Collegium Budapest, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa, Queen Mary University of London, and from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. She has published widely in the fields of law, economics, and public policy, and she has edited nine books on aspects of corruption and administrative law.


Poulami Roychowdhury

Poulami Roychowdhury is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University. Her research examines the relationship between politics, law, and social inequality. Her forthcoming book, Capable Citizens (Oxford University Press) traces the aftermath of legal reforms and political mobilization against gender-based violence in India. Other projects include: masculinity, ethnicity, and labor organizing in New York City, and media coverage of sexual violence. She is currently working on a new project, comparing the evolution and contestation over sexual consent in the United States and France. Her research has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Institute for Indian Studies. Prior to joining McGill, she was a Five College Pre-doctoral fellow at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She serves as Associate Editor of Social Politics and a Council Member for the ASA's Development Section.


Sanjay Ruparelia

Sanjay Ruparelia is the Jarislowsky Democracy Chair at Ryerson University. He is the author of Divided We Govern: coalition politics in modern India (Oxford University Press, 2015); editor of The Indian Ideology: three responses to Perry Anderson (Permanent Black, 2015); and co-editor of Understanding India’s New Political Economy: a great transformation? (Routledge, 2011). Dr. Ruparelia is currently preparing two book manuscripts—provisionally titled Contesting a Right to Welfare: law, citizenship and accountability in India and A New Path to Welfare: rights and constitutionalism in the global South—and serving as an associate editor for Pacific Affairs and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Politics. He previously taught at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University, and consulted for the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Research Institute on Social Development and the Asia Foundation. He holds a B.A. (First Class Honors) in Political Science from McGill, and an M.Phil (Distinction) in Sociology and Politics of Development and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge.


Martina Tazzioli

Martina Tazzioli is Lecturer in Political Geography at Swansea University. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality. Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings. (2015), co-author of Tunisia as a Revolutionised Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of our Present (2015) and Foucault and the Making of Subjects (2016). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultiani and member of Radical Philosophy editorial board.


Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer M. Welsh is the incoming Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She was previously Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she co-founded the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. From 2013-2016, she served as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the Responsibility to Protect. Professor Welsh is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on humanitarian intervention, the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the UN Security Council, and Canadian foreign policy. Her most recent books include The Return of History: Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st century (2016), which was based on her CBC Massey Lectures, and The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention (2015). She was a former recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship, and from 2014-2019 has directed a five-year European Research Council-funded project called “The Individualisation of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law and Politics of Armed Conflict”. She is also a frequent media commentator on international affairs and Canadian foreign policy.


Dean Yang

Dean Yang is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His current research is primarily on microfinance, international migration, and areas at the intersection of these topics. Other past and current topics of interest include health, disasters, international trade, and political economy. Methodologically, much of his work involves randomized controlled trials in field settings, while other work involves analysis of novel data sources. He is currently running survey work and field experiments among Filipino migrant workers and their families and on HIV/AIDS interventions in central Mozambique. His past and current field research locations include El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, and the Philippines, as well as migrant populations of Filipinos in Italy, Indians in Qatar, and Salvadorans and Kenyans in the U.S. He teaches courses in development economics and microeconomics at the undergraduate, master, and Ph.D. levels. A native of the Philippines, he received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.

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