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CEO, Global Partnership for Education
From July 2009 until January 2013, as a political appointee, she served in the Obama Administration as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). While in that position, she led a significant expansion of Ex-Im Bank’s operations in response to the financial and economic crises. Ms. Albright also launched a number of initiatives to modernize Ex-Im and extend its reach to underserved businesses and markets.
From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Albright served as the Chief Financial and Investment Officer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and from 2003, additionally, as the head of GAVI’s Washington, DC office. Working closely with GAVI’s partners, she helped develop and implement the strategy that transformed GAVI from a start-up to one of the most successful and respected public-private partnerships working in international development. Ms. Albright led GAVI’s innovative finance program which enhanced the delivery and financing of vaccines and immunization services in the world’s poorest countries. Ms. Albright led GAVI’s efforts to design and launch the International Finance Facility for Immunization, an award-winning program to enhance GAVI’s ability to finance the purchase of vaccines. During this period, she also co-chaired the working group that designed the Advanced Market Commitment mechanism.
Ms. Albright serves on the Board of Regents at Mercersburg Academy, the Board of Directors of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, and the Strategic Advisory Group of the Hilleman Labs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated with a BA with Honors in History from Williams College, holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Group Managing Director and Global Head, UBS and Society – UBS
Before that, she worked at the World Bank for over 18 years in various roles, including as managing director with responsibility for operational policy and as a member of the World Bank Group senior management team. She also served as World Bank representative to the inter-governmental G20 and the G7. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a Senior Producer and Editor at the BBC. Caroline has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a post-doctoral research fellowship from Oxford University.
Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Advisor, World Economic Forum
Managing Director, Civita; Former Minister of Education and Research and Former Minister of Labour and Government Administration, Norway
She served as Minister of Education and Research from 2001 to 2005. As Minister of Education and Research, Clemet became known for her work in carrying out “The Quality Reform” (Kvalitetsreformen) in the Norwegian university system. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics.
Chairman, Portland Trust
In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder, director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder and director of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.
He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. He is a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers (2007-2013), former Trustee of the British Museum (2005-2012) and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (2005-2011).
In 2007, Sir Ronald published The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity.
Global Strategist, Moore Capital Management
Mr Frieda earned his M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and holds B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He is the vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking and an associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets project at Oxford University. He is a regular op-ed contributor to the Financial Times and Project Syndicate.
Deputy Director, Department of Fiscal Affairs, IMF
Mr. Gupta has authored/coauthored over 150 papers on macroeconomic and fiscal issues covering advanced, emerging and low-income countries and authored/coauthored/co-edited ten books; the most recent ones are The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economics, Energy Subsidy Reform: Lessons and Implications, and Equitable and Sustainable Pensions: Challenges and Experience, all published by the IMF.
Chair, GAVI; Former Minister of Finance, Nigeria
Before that, she was Nigeria’s Finance minister for three years and was briefly Minister of Foreign Affairs. As Minister of Finance, she spearheaded the negotiations with the Paris Club of Creditors that led to the wiping out of US$30 billion of Nigeria’s debt. Prior to her government service, she spent 21 years at the World Bank, rising to the position of Vice President and Corporate Secretary.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala serves or has served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the African Institutes of Science and Technology, the Center for Global Development, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the newly-formed African Risk Capacity – an institution of the African Union charged with insuring African countries against the risk of climate change. In 2011 and 2012 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes, and one of 100 Top Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy. A Distinguished Fellow of the Brookings Institution, she is also the author of several books and articles. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founder and Group Chief Executive, Abraaj Group
Mr. Naqvi is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation and is on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Columbia Global Leadership Council member and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London.
Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, Private Equity International named him as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry.
In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Special Adviser, United Nations Secretary-General
Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard.
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University; 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton; Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama
He received a bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1987 Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in 1993, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40.
He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University. He and his wife Elisa New, a professor of English at Harvard, reside in Brookline with their six children.