Professor Vijay Naidu, Head of the School of Governance, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific
Professor Naidu was born and educated in Fiji and the United Kingdom. He is currently Professor and Director of Development Studies, and Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA), Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of the South Pacific (USP). From 2003 to 2006, he was Professor and Director of Development Studies in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Prior to taking up the VUW Chair, he had served in various senior positions at USP. He has researched and published, individually and jointly, 6 books and monographs, 18 reports, 80 papers and has presented more than 100 conference papers on aid, economic growth and development, ethnicity and racism, higher education, electoral politics, land tenure, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), migration, the post-colonial state, poverty and poverty reduction, child sexual abuse and the commercial sexual exploitation of children, small island states and globalisation, social protection and human security.
Truman Packard, Lead Economist at the World Bank Group
Trained as a labor economist, Truman's work has focused primarily on the impact of social insurance - including pensions, unemployment insurance, disability benefits, and financial protection from adverse health events - on household labor supply decisions, saving behavior and risk management. Truman has been a part of World Bank teams providing lending and analytical assistance to governments seeking to improve the coverage and efficiency of education, health and social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and East Asia and the Pacific Island countries. He also served as Deputy Director of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography", and is a member of the Bank's Safety Nets Global Expert Team. Truman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Cesar Calderon, Senior Economist at the Chief Economist Office of the Finance and Private Sector Development Network at the World Bank
Cesar holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester. Before joining the Bank, he was a Senior Economist at the Research Department of the Central Bank of Chile. He has worked on issues of growth and development—especially, the impact of infrastructure development and outward-oriented strategies. He is currently working on issues of dynamics of capital flows and their link to credit booms and busts, and the role of the State in financial markets. He is part of the core team of the 2014 World Development Report.
Melissa Adelman, Economist at the World Bank and Lead Author of the Pacific Hardship and Vulnerability Report
Melissa Adelman is an Economist at the World Bank, where her work focuses primarily on poverty, labor, and education. Melissa has been part of World Bank teams providing lending and technical assistance to governments in the Pacific and in Latin America and the Caribbean.