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Innovating Bureaucracy

November 8-9, 2017

Washington, DC

  • Public administration lies at the heart of state capacity. A capable bureaucracy allows for effective regulation and the use of government resources.  It critically impacts service delivery, jobs, and economic growth.  Ineffective public administrations restrain government’s contribution to development.

    Across the world, there are opportunities to support governments seeking to reform their bureaucracies.  Such work is an opportunity to raise the efficacy of the Bank’s wider portfolio of investments, and transform the capacity of governments to serve their people.  Undertaking successful reforms requires rigorous empirical analysis of country contexts.  The Bank has invested in improved diagnostic tools and is working to create country-specific reform packages for the public administration.

    Building on the 2017 World Development Report on Governance and the Law and the creation of a ‘Bureaucracy Lab’, a joint initiative with the Development Economics Research Group, the Governance Global Practice aims to launch a new generation of public administration reforms.  The new approach combines embedded micro-level diagnostics based on primary data on public officials and their activities; experimentation and adaptation in reform implementation; and an appreciation of the political economy in which the public sector is situated.  This conference will allow for a review of existing evidence on which these reforms will be developed.

  • DAY 1 - November 8th, 2017           

    8:30 - 9:15 am  Registration and breakfast

    9:15 - 9:35 am  Welcome and The Importance of Public Administration

    Opening Remarks

    • Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions 


    Introducing Five Aspects of Public Administration Reform

    • Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director of Governance Global Practice


    The Importance of Understanding Public Administration

    • William Maloney, Chief Economist of the Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions 


    9:35 - 10:35 am  Plenary Lectures: Understanding the State

    • Chair: William Maloney, Chief Economist of the Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions


    The Modern Understanding of the State

    • Timothy Besley, W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics


    Individuals and Organizations as Sources of State Effectiveness, and Consequences for Policy Design

    • Michael Best, Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Columbia University


    Aspects of Public Administration Reform

    10:35 – 11:35 am  The Public Sector as a Labor Market

    The public sector is a large employer with a distinctive internal labor market that affects both public and private sector jobs.

    • Chair: Jim Brumby, Director, Public Service and Performance, Governance Global Practice


    Bureaucracy Lab Spotlight: Insights from the Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators

    • Zahid Hasnain, Senior Public Sector Specialist in the Governance Global Practice


    Pay and Selection Mechanisms in the Public Sector


    11:35 - 11:50 am  Coffee and Tea Break

    11:50 – 12:50 pm Designing Incentives for the Public Sector

    The quality and motivation of bureaucrats are key determinants of public sector productivity that affects the provision of public infrastructure, service delivery, and regulation.

    • Chair: Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi, Senior Director of Education Global Practice


    Motivating Bureaucrats

    • James Perry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington


    Financial Incentives in the Public Service

    • Erika Deserranno, Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


    12:50 - 1:30 Lunch


    1:30 – 2:30 Political Economy of Public Administration

    The public administration reports to, and is fundamentally influenced by, politicians.

    • Chair: Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva, Practice Manager in the Poverty Global Practice


    The Politics of Public Administration Reform

    • Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan


    Policy Research Report and World Development Report 2017 Spotlight: A New Framework for the Bank's Operations

    • Stuti Khemani, Senior Research Economist at the Development Research Group


    2:30 – 3:30 Using Technology to Transform Public Administration

    Digital technologies open up new possibilities for strengthening state capacity.

    • Chair: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu-Dutz, Senior Director of the Finance and Markets Global Practice


    Using Technology to Change the Administration of Public Policy

    • Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst


    World Development Report 2016 Spotlight: Digital technologies, public sector jobs, and productivity

    • Deepak Mishra, Co-Director of the World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends”


    3:30 - 3:45 Coffee and Tea Break

    3:45 – 5:00 Designing a New Empirics of the Public Sector

    Detailed empirical evidence strengthens our capacity to fine-tune reforms to the local nature of the public service.

    • Chair: Arianna Legovini, Head of the Development Impact Evaluation Group, Development Research Group


    Designing Public Sector Organizations

    • Adnan Khan, Research and Policy Director of the International Growth Centre


    Bureaucracy Lab Spotlight: Insights from Surveys of Civil Servants

    • Daniel Rogger, Research Economist at the Development Research Group



    DAY 2 - November 9th, 2017: New Operations for Public Administration Reform                                      

    8:30 - 9:00 Registration and breakfast

    9:00 - 9:45 Welcome and Review of Day One

    The World Bank and Public Administration Reform

    • Jim Brumby, Director, Public Service and Performance, Governance Global Practice


    9:45 – 10:45 Public Administration Reform in Fragile and Conflict States

    Opening Remarks

    • Xavier Devictor, Director, Global Theme for Fragility, Conflict and Violence


    State Building and Fragility

    • Nader Nadery, Head of Afghanistan’s Civil Service Commission


    Changing Fragile Governments

    • Jurgen Blum and Daniel Rogger


    10:45 - 11:00 Coffee and Tea Break

    11:00 - 12:00 Policy Roundtable: The Next Generation of Public Administration Reforms

    • Chair: Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director of Governance Global Practice


    Policy Debate: What is the Future of Public Administration Reform?


    12:00 - 12:30 Closing and Next Steps on New Operations

    • Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director of Governance Global Practice 


    • William Maloney, Chief Economist of the Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions


    12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 

    1:30 – 2:30 Public administration operational clinics for TTLs


    • By invitation


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    Deborah L. Wetzel, Co-chair

    Senior Director, Governance Global Practice

    Deborah Wetzel, a U.S. national with more than 25 years of experience in development work around the world, is the World Bank Senior Director for Governance since April 4, 2016. Ms. Wetzel was previously Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa Region and prior to that served as Country Director for Brazil, from March 2012 until July 2015. Ms. Wetzel was the World Bank Group’s Chief of Staff to the World Bank President from 2010 to 2012. She has also served as Director for Governance and Public Sector, directing the Bank's work on taxation, public expenditures, decentralization, public sector reform and strengthening, governance and anti-corruption. From 2006 to 2009, she led the World Bank’s Economic and Public Sector Programs in Brazil, based in Brasilia. During that period she developed numerous programs with state and federal governments to help improve the effectiveness of public expenditures and achieve better results. Ms. Wetzel began her career at the World Bank in 1986 as a Consultant, joining the Young Professionals Program in 1993. She also worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies in Oxford England in the early 1990s. During her career, she has worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Ghana, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, West Africa and Zambia. Ms. Wetzel has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. Her BA is from Smith College. She is the author of publications on fiscal decentralization, public finance, governance, and sub-national affairs.


    William Maloney, Co-chair

    Chief Economist of the Global Practices for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions

    William F. Maloney is Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions in the World Bank Group. Previously he was Chief Economist for Trade and Competitiveness and Global Lead on Innovation and Productivity. Prior to the Bank, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1990-1997) and then joined, working as Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America until 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he was Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group. From 2011 to 2014 he was Visiting Professor at the University of the Andes and worked closely with the Colombian government on innovation and firm upgrading issues. Mr. Maloney received his PhD in economics from the University of California Berkeley (1990), his BA from Harvard University (1981), and he studied at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia (1982-83). He has published on issues related to international trade and finance, developing country labor markets, and innovation and growth as well as several flagship publications of the Latin American division of the Bank, including Informality: Exit and Exclusion. Most recently, he published The innovation paradox: Developing Country Capabilities and the Unrealized Potential of Technological Catch-Up. In addition to publications in academic journals, he coauthored Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny and Lessons from NAFTA, Does What you Export Matter: In Search of Empirical Guidance for Industrial Policy, as well as several flagship publications of the Latin American division of the Bank, most recently Informality: Exit and Exclusion.


    Yuen Yuen Ang

    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

    Yuen Yuen Ang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Ms. Ang was on the faculty of Columbia University SIPA, where she taught political and economic development. Her book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press, Series in Political Economy, 2016), won the 2017 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for “outstanding book in political economy." Currently, she is writing a second book on unbundling corruption, supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation. Ang has written op-eds for The Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, The Conversation, Devex, and other outlets. In 2017, she served on the United Nations Expert Group on Eradicating Poverty. She received her PhD from Stanford University.


    Timothy Besley

    W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, London School of Economics

    Timothy Besley is a Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and since 2015 has been a member of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. He is also the Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Professor Besley was educated at Oxford University where he became a prize fellow of All Souls College. He taught subsequently at Princeton before being appointed Professor in the economics department at the LSE. He is the past President of the International Economic Association and served as the President of the European Economic Association in 2010. In 2018, he will serve as the President of the Econometric Society. Professor Besley is a past co-editor of the American Economic Review, and a 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe.


    Michael Best

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Columbia University

    Michael Best is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia University. Michael's research focuses on tax evasion in developing countries and its implications for optimal tax policy and administration; the determinants of the effectiveness of public procurement in developing countries and the design of policies to improve it; and the effects of tax policy in developed countries and the design of optimal tax policies. Prior to joining Columbia, Michael was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Michael holds a PhD from the LSE and an MPhil from the University of Oxford.


    Jurgen Blum

    Senior Public Sector Management Specialist

    Jurgen Blum is a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist in the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific region. He is currently leading the chapter on the governance-growth nexus in China for the forthcoming New Drivers of Growth flagship report and is co-leading a civil service operation in Indonesia, as well as an impact evaluation on electronic procurement in Bangladesh. Previously, Jurgen co-led the joint GGP/DECIE “ieGovern” Initiative, which has embedded rigorous Impact Evaluations into over 15 GGP operations. He is the lead author of a forthcoming book on “Building Public Services in Post Conflict Countries” and has helped draft and pilot the World Bank’s Public Sector Management Approach for 2011-2020. He started his career at the Bank in the Africa region. Before joining the Bank, Jurgen was responsible for a policy dialogue between Arab and OECD countries on public management reform at the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. Jurgen holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Diploma in Political Sciences and Economics from Passau University.


    Jim Brumby

    Director, Public Service and Performance, Governance Global Practice

    Jim Brumby began his post as Director, Public Service and Performance, Governance Global Practice, on March 1, 2015. He previously served as the Practice Manager for the EAP región based in Jakarta, Indonesia and as the Sector Manager and Lead Economist for the Indonesia country program. Throughout his professional life he has been engaged in public management reform at the state, national, and international levels, joining the Bank in 2007 where he had a leading role in public financial management reform in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group. In 2009 he was appointed Sector Manager, Public Sector & Governance, with line responsibility for the Vice Presidency’s staff working on a number of critical areas in governance including anti-corruption, legal and judicial reform, public financial management, and civil service reform. His experience also spans a number of managerial positions in IMF, OECD, and Victoria State Government in Australia.


    Erika Deserranno

    Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

    Erika Deserranno joined the Kellogg faculty in 2015 after receiving her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie at the intersection between development and personnel economics. She is working on issues related to the selection, recruitment and motivation of workers both in private and public organizations.


    Xavier Devictor

    Adviser, Fragility, Conflict and Violence

    Xavier Devictor is the Advisor for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank, leading work on forced displacement as a development challenge. He has broad experience across regions on country programs, strategy and policy dialogue, most recently as Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic Countries until 2014, and Country Program Coordinator for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti from 2007-2011. He joined the Bank as a young professional. Earlier in his career, he was Program Manager for UNHCR in the former Yugoslavia, where he managed humanitarian programs including leading humanitarian convoys into conflict areas. He holds a Masters of Economics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris.


    Richard Disney

    Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex

    Richard Disney is a part-time Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex, since June 2013. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University College of London. In the past, Richard has held academic positions at other universities and was also a consultant to World Bank, IMF, OECD, ILO, HM Treasury, DWP, DTI and other governmental organizations. He specializes in public finance and housing and labor market issues. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex.


    Zahid Hasnain

    Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance

    Zahid Hasnain is the Global Lead for Public Employment and Management at the World Bank Group. He has been with the World Bank for 15 years, where he has worked on public administration reform, public sector performance, public financial management, transparency and accountability, and digital governance. He has published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals on these topics, was a core member of the World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends”, and has led analytical and lending projects for the World Bank in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Serbia, and Vietnam. Zahid has a Bachelors degree in Physics and Government from Cornell University, a Masters in Development from University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


    Jane Fountain

    Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Chair of the Political Science Department; and an adjunct faculty member by appointment in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jane is the founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government. She is also a former Chair, Vice Chair and invited member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government. In addition, she is an elected Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. Jane was a member of American Bar Association blue ribbon commission on the Future of e-Rulemaking and an appointed member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor's Council on Innovation. Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst she served for 16 years on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A former Radcliffe Institute, Yale and Mellon Fellow, she holds master's degrees from Harvard and Yale Universities and a PhD from Yale University.


    Adnan Khan

    Research and Policy Director of the International Growth Centre, London School of Economics

    Dr. Adnan Khan is Research and Policy Director of the International Growth Centre at the LSE. He is Co-chair of the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS where he also studied. His teaching at LSE and HKS focuses on improving bureaucracies while his research typically involves long-term collaborations with governments. Before becoming a researcher, he worked as a practitioner for more than 15 years, most of these as a member of the Pakistan Administrative Service. He topped the civil service exam in his year and also received a Presidential Medal for performance.


    Stuti Khemani

    Senior Research Economist, Development Research Group

    Stuti Khemani is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. She joined through the Young Professionals Program after obtaining a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her area of research is the political economy of public policy choices, and institutional reforms for development. Her work is published in leading economics and political science journals, such as the American Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics and American Political Science Review. She is the lead author of the Policy Research Report Making Politics Work for Development: Harnessing Transparency and Citizen Engagement. She is currently examining how policy actors can design governance and transparency interventions to build state capacity and strengthen behavioral norms in the public sector. Her research and advisory work spans a diverse range of countries, including Benin, China, India, the Philippines, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.


    Arianna Legovini

    Adviser, Development Research Group

    Arianna Legovini built and leads the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group of the World Bank. The purpose of this unit is to use research to improve development practice and policy outcomes. Since joining the Bank in 2004, she has worked to understand and develop the institutions required to engage researchers, operational staff and policymakers in improving the quality in the design and implementation of development projects. In 2009, she imported Africa-grown lessons, processes and programs into the global impact evaluation program. By 2013, with core funding from UK Aid, she designed i2i (impact evaluation to development impact) to support the expansion of the approach across institutional partners and under-evaluated sectors representing the majority of development aid. i2i was critical in developing Bank-wide governance structures for this work and formalizing working relationships through an improved system of incentives. Arianna is currently responsible for a $145 million dollar research program, leveraging about $3billion in WB, DFID and other partners lending, in 60 countries across the globe.


    Luís-Felipe López-Calva

    Practice Manager in the Poverty Global Practice

    Luis F. López-Calva is the co-Director of the World Development Report 2017. He was previously Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the Europe and Central Asia Region at The World Bank. Until 2013, he was Lead Economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate, also at The World Bank. He served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP from 2007 to 2010. Association and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. López-Calva holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Boston University, and a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. His publications and research interests focus on labor markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and development economics.


    Deepak Mishra

    Co-Director, World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends”

    Deepak Mishra is a Lead Economist at the World Bank and the Co-Director for the World Development Report 2016 on Internet and Development. Prior to this appointment, he was the Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, overseeing the work on economic policy and management. He has served as a Country Economist for Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sudan, and Vietnam. His research has been published in scholarly journals including the Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics as well as in collected volumes. In January 2001 Mr. Mishra was named the Economist, and in 2003 the Senior Economist, for South Asia Region, where he worked on country strategy development and adjustment lending programs in India and Pakistan. In December 2007 he became the Lead Economist for Africa Region and was based in the field office for a period two and half years, overseeing much of the Bank’s economic analysis in Ethiopia and Sudan. Mr. Mishra holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Prior to joining the World Bank, Deepak taught macroeconomics and international finance as an adjunct lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland (USA) and worked as a research analyst for Tata Motors (India).


    Ahmad Nader Nadery

    Chairman of Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC)

    Ahmad Nader Nadery is the Chairman of Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) and former Chief Advisor to the President on Public and Strategic Affairs. In addition, he serves as Ambassador at-large for Freedom of Expression. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Nadery was director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan's globally ranked think tank. He served for 7 years as Commissioner of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Prior to his appointment at the AIHRC, he served as the director of Afghanistan programs of Global Rights, a Washington-based organization. He is also serving as member of Global Agenda Council on Fragile State of World Economic Forum, and is the founder of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan. He studied law and political science at Kabul University, earned his master’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University, and studied leadership at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


    Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

    Senior Director, Finance and Markets Global Practice

    Ceyla Pazarbasioglu is Senior Director for the Finance and Markets Global Practice. Prior to taking on this role, she was a Senior Adviser in the Finance and Markets Global Practice and the Global Lead for the Financial Sector Oversight and Policy and Bank Regulation and Restructuring areas. Previously, she was Deputy Director at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF, where she oversaw the work on financial sector regulation and supervision, and crisis prevention and management. She also managed the Fund’s work on the global regulatory reform agenda and led the Financial Sector Assessment Programs (FSAPs) for the United Kingdom (2011) and Spain (2012). Between August 2008 and February 2010, Dr. Pazarbasioglu was the mission chief for Ukraine. Dr. Pazarbasioglu was appointed as the Vice President of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey soon after the major banking crisis of February 2001. During 1998–2001, Dr. Pazarbasioglu worked as the Chief Economist of Emerging European Markets at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London. Before 1998, she worked at the IMF on financial sector issues in Nordic countries, emerging Europe, Latin America, Turkey as well as in Korea and Thailand. She holds a PhD in economics from Georgetown University and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University.


    James Perry

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chancellor’s Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington

    James L. Perry is an internationally recognized leader in public administration and the study of public organization management. He joined SPEA's faculty in 1985 and serves as Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Emeritus. He is also affiliate professor of philanthropic studies. Perry's 40 years of scholarship includes expertise in public management, public organizational behavior, government and civil service reform, national and community service, public service motivation, and performance-related pay. Perry has held faculty appointments at Yonsei University, University of California, Irvine, The University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Perry is Editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review.


    Daniel Rogger

    Research Economist at the Development Research Group

    Daniel Rogger is a Research Economist in the Impact Evaluation Unit of the Development Research Group. His areas of interest are political economy, and organizational and public economics. Dan’s research aims to understand how to build organizations that effectively deliver public services. He does large scale surveys and research in collaboration with civil service organizations across the world. Dan did his PhD in economics at University College London (UCL), his Masters in Economics at the University of Cambridge, and his undergraduate degree in economics at UCL. Previously, he has worked as an Economist in the Presidency of Nigeria, an Associate Researcher for the UK's Department for International Development, and as a PhD scholar at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


    Jaime Saavedra

    Senior Director of Education Global Practice

    Jaime Saavedra leads the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group. He rejoins the World Bank Group from the Government of Peru, where he served as Minister of Education from 2013 through 2016. Throughout his career, Mr. Saavedra, a Peruvian national, has led groundbreaking work in the areas of poverty and inequality, employment and labor markets, the economics of education, and monitoring and evaluation systems. He has held positions at several international organizations and think-tanks, among them the Inter-American Development Bank, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Labour Organization, Grupo de Análisis para el Desarollo and the National Council of Labor in Peru. He has also held teaching and research positions in academia and has published extensively. Prior to assuming his role as Minister for Education of Peru, he had a ten-year career at the World Bank where, most recently, he served as Director for Poverty Reduction and Equity as well as Acting Vice President, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Network. Mr. Saavedra holds a Ph.D in economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the Catholic University of Peru.


    Jan Walliser

    Vice President for the World Bank’s Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Practice Group

    Jan Walliser is the Vice President for the World Bank’s Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group. The mission of the Practice Group is to help foster markets, institutions, and economies that are stable, efficient, and equitable. The Global Practices under his responsibility are Finance & Markets, Governance, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, Poverty, and Trade & Competitiveness. Previously, Mr. Walliser was the Director of Strategy and Operations in the Bank’s Africa Region where he provided strategic leadership and operational guidance to staff operating there. Before joining the Bank, he was an economist at the IMF and a Principal Analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Mr. Walliser has published in a range of economic journals on intergenerational aspects of fiscal policy, tax reform, pension reform, and aid effectiveness. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a Diplom-Volkswirt from Kiel University, Germany.


    Martin J. Williams

    Associate Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

    Martin J. Williams is an Associate Professor in Public Management at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College. His research is on management, policy implementation, and political economy, mostly focused on Africa, and has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review. He co-convenes the core course on Policy Evaluation at the Blavatnik School. Prior to joining Oxford University Martin was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London, Department of Economics, and completed his PhD in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Martin previously worked as an economist in Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and was a Senior Researcher at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town. He also holds MSc degrees in African Studies and Economics for Development from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Economics from Williams College.


  • DATE: November 8-9, 2017
  • TIME: 9:15 AM EST
  • LOCATION: World Bank, J Building - Conference Room: B1-080, 701 18th Street NW, Washington, DC