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LJD Week 2023 | The Role of Data in Enabling and Mobilizing the Private Sector

November 14, 2023
Virtual & In-Person

The World Bank Group applies its research efforts, technical expertise, and global reach with the aim of creating innovative solutions to address developmental challenges. With a new mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity on a livable planet, the active participation and partnership of the private sector is imperative. In an increasingly data-driven world, the importance of accurate data collection and analysis in investment decisions has become a pivotal driver in economic growth and development. In addition to insightful data, the foundational element of stable and peaceful governance gives ground for a fruitful investment market.

Recognizing the role that data can play in achieving the Bank’s mission, the institution has embarked on numerous initiatives concerning data, which include endeavors of the Development Data Group and the joint European Investment Bank-IFC initiative, the Global Emerging Markets (GEMs). Our expert panelists will shed light on the importance of the rule of law and the transformative power of data in shaping innovative investment decisions in various countries across the globe. This panel will also delve into the complexities of data collection, analysis, cross-border data sharing, and implementation of investment plans with due consideration to the current economic climate as well as growing issues of environmental sustainability.

  • AC4D Global Forum Speaker
    Axel van Trotsenburg (Opening Remarks)
    Senior Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

    Axel van Trotsenburg is the World Bank’s Senior Managing Director (SMD), responsible for Development Policy and Partnerships. As SMD, he is focused on mobilizing knowledge, talent, partnerships and communications to enhance the Bank’s impact globally and in the client countries it serves. He directs the World Bank’s core development work captured by the Bank’s Global Practice groups and ensures its integration into operations, with a special focus on climate change, fragility, human capital, and debt sustainability issues. Mr. van Trotsenburg currently also co-leads the Evolution Roadmap aimed at increasing the scale and impact of the World Bank operations and systematically incorporating sustainability, resilience and inclusion into the Bank’s work on poverty reduction and boosting shared prosperity. Additionally, he oversees the Bank’s numerous partnerships, co-chairs the replenishment of the International Development Association, represents the Bank in the G7 and G20 meetings, and leads the Bank’s climate engagement in the context of the annual COP convenings.



  • Hal-Varian
    Hal Varian
    Chief Economist, Google

    Dr. Hal Varian is the Chief Economist at Google, where he started in 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. Dr. Varian is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. Dr. Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages, the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007. Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990.


                        @halvarian                    @google

  • Ali-Schmidt-Fellner
    Ali Schmidt-Fellner
    Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

    Ali Schmidt-Fellner leads the knowledge management efforts at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. In this capacity, she manages key think tank relationships, develops cutting-edge research agendas, and builds the Center’s knowledge assets on the future of financial inclusion, the digital economy, and inclusive economic mobility. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Schmidt-Fellner had worked for the World Bank’s Disruptive Technologies for Development division and the Global Wildlife Program. She has also worked for Andela, where she expanded workforce development programs for software developers across Africa, and has served as a research analyst at the Institute for Business in the Global Context at The Fletcher School. Ms. Schmidt-Fellner currently also serves as a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council.


                        @Ali_L_S_F                    @CNTR4growth

  • Federico-Galizia
    Federico Galizia
    Vice President, Risk and Finance, IFC

    Federico Galizia is IFC’s Vice President for Risk and Finance. Within this role, he provides overall direction for IFC's Risk and Finance functions, oversees the Corporation’s Controller, Investment & Credit Risk; Corporate Risk Management; and Special Operations functions, and manages its enterprise risk management frameworks and processes. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in international organizations and financial institutions, most recently as Chief Risk Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to joining the IDB, Mr. Galizia had served as Head of Risk and Portfolio Management and Chairman of the Investment and Risk Committee at the European Investment Fund in Luxembourg, Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund, and Adviser to the President of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, among other roles. Starting his career with McKinsey, Mr. Galizia has attained extensive experiences in private sector investments, across multiple industries and geographies.



  • Emily-Kreps
    Emily Kreps
    Global Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance, Deutsche Bank AG

    Emily Kreps is the Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance for Deutsche Bank’s investment banking business. She focuses on ESG strategy, content generation, internal stakeholder management and client engagement, in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s client coverage teams. She is a member of the bank’s Global Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee which is responsible for setting and driving sustainability for the Group. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Ms. Kreps led the Global Capital Markets team at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), a leading environmental non-profit defining key aspects of the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions. Ms. Kreps brings more than a decade of experience as an investment banker. She is an expert in ESG disclosure, taxonomies, and the linkage to capital markets impact. She serves as the executive sponsor of Deutsche Bank’s Women on Wall Street employee resource group.



  • Indermit-Gill
    Indermit Gill (Moderator)
    Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank

    Indermit Gill is Chief Economist of the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President for Development Economics. Mr. Gill, an Indian national, brings to the role a broad combination of leadership, expertise, and practical experience working with governments on macroeconomic imbalances, growth, poverty, institutions, conflict, and climate change. He is widely regarded for his contributions to development economics. He spearheaded the influential 2009 World Development Report on economic geography. His pioneering work includes introducing the concept of the “middle-income trap” to describe how countries stagnate after reaching a certain level of income. He has published extensively on key policy issues facing developing countries—among other things, sovereign debt vulnerabilities, green growth and natural-resource wealth, labor markets, and poverty and inequality.




  • WHEN: November 14, 2023, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: #LJDWeek2023