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The Future of Government: How Will the Role of Government Change in a Post-COVID World

June 2, 2021



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  • As humanity moves forward after the most recent pandemic, we have other crises looming ahead; climate change, economic recovery, and unforeseen events. To understand and choose the right path forward, the World Bank convened a series of conversations about the future of government and how governments might seize the opportunity from crisis to achieve greener, more resilient, and more inclusive development outcomes after COVID-19.

    This disruptive debate, the second of six, tackled the question: How will the role of government change in a post-COVID world?

  • Tim Besley

    British academic economist at London School of Economics and Political Science

    Professor Sir Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission and, for 2018, is President of the Econometric Society. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy. He is also a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Rabiya Javeri Agha

    former Federal Secretary of Pakistan

    One of the seniors most bureaucrats in the Government of Pakistan, Rabiya Javeri Agha has spent 37 years’ in public service, advocating human rights, and rights of women. She was the first elected female President of the Pakistan Administrative Service Association. Rabiya graduated from Mount Holyoke College USA and is currently enrolled at Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. She has been conferred an honorary Doctorate in Law from Mount Holyoke College USA for her work on women and marginalized groups. As Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Rabiya was instrumental in the drafting of numerous human rights legislations and played a pivotal role in the setup of redress mechanisms for women victims of violence. Her work on prison reform led to overhaul of the process of mercy petitions and juvenile access to justice.

    Kaave Pour

    CEO of SPACE10, Ikea Independent Research Company, from Denmark and Norway

    Kaave Pour started his first company at the age of 14 and has been working as a cultural entrepreneur ever since. He is currently Creative Director for SPACE10, and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, sharing his thoughts and experiences about innovation and design with global brands and universities, promoting a curious, open, and playful approach to doing business tomorrow.

    MODERATOR: Melinda Crane

    Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle

    Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes U.S. policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show “Quadriga”. In 2014 she was awarded the Steuben-Schurz Media Award for her service to transatlantic understanding. Her journalistic experience includes work for the New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor and German newspapers and magazines.