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GTAP Events: 12th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis: Plenary Speakers

Santiago Levy Algazi
Santiago Levy Algazi is a Mexican economist. He became the Vice President for Sector and Knowledge of the Inter-American Development Bank on March 1, 2008. From August 2007 to Feburary 2008, he served as General Manager and Chief Economist for the IDB Research Department. Previously, he was General Director at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) from December 2000 to October 2005. Under his tenure, he promoted changes to the Social Security Act to increase transparency and accountability in IMSS finances and create long-term reserves.

From 1994 to 2000, Levy served as the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, becoming the main architect of the renowned social program Progresa-Oportunidades that benefits the poor. He managed budgetary adjustments during the 1994-95 economic crisis and the 1998 fall in oil prices. Previous positions include President of the Federal Competition Commission and Director of the Economic Deregulation Program at the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion.

Levy holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a Masters in political economy from the same university. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Cambridge University. Levy has advised several governments and international organizations and has held several teaching positions, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Economic Development.

He is the author of at least 75 articles, monographs and book chapters on such diverse subjects as poverty reduction, competitiveness, foreign exchange policy, export imbalances, pricing, microeconomics and energy. His paper Poverty in Mexico won the 1992 National Research Prize in Economics awarded by the Bank of Mexico.

Other honors include the 1992 Latin American Economics Prize by El Trimestre Economico for the article "Tipos de Cambio Multiples y Racionamiento de Divisas" (with Roberto Rosales); the Research Award of the World Bank for "Assessing the Mexico U.S. Free Trade Agreement" (with Anthony Venables and Sweder Van Wijnbergen); and Honorary Mention, 1986 National Research Prize in Economics by Banco Nacional de Mexico for the article, "Respuestas de Corto Plazo ante Crisis de Divisas." His recent published books are Progress against Poverty: Sustaining Mexico's Progresa-Oportunidades Program, Brookings Institution Press, 2006; Sin Herencia de Pobreza, Editorial Planeta, 2005; and Ensayos sobre el Desarrollo Economico y Social de Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Econ"ica, Mexico, 2004.

Alicia Barcena
Ms. Barcena is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations. She had previously served as the Under-Secretary- General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She had also served as Deputy Chef de Cabinet and then as Acting Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. From 1 July 2003 until 28 February 2006, Alicia B"cena held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC, where she had previously served as the Director of that institution's Environment and Human Settlements Division. During her tenure in that position, she focused on public policies for sustainable development, with particular reference to the linkages existing among environmental, economic and social issues.

Alicia Barcena was the Founding Director of the Earth Council in Costa Rica, a non- governmental organization in charge of follow-up to the agreements reached at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. She had served the Government of Mexico as Director General of the National Institute of Fisheries and as Deputy Minister for Ecology during the term of President Miguel de la Madrid. In the academic arena, Ms. Barcena has taught and conducted research in the fields of botany, ethnobotany and ecology, as well as designing programmes of study in the areas of ecology and botany for the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico. She has published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and global citizenship and public participation. Alicia B"cena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, has completed the course of study required for the degree of Master in Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Alan V. Deardorff
Alan V. Deardorff is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1971 and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1991 to 1995. He has also served as a consultant to many government agencies, including the Departments of State, Treasury, and Labor of the United States Government, and he is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economic Law, The World Economy, and North American Journal of Economics and Finance. He is co-author, with Robert M. Stern, of The Michigan Model of World Production and Trade and Computational Analysis of Global Trading Arrangements. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of international trade theory and policy. His work on international trade theory has dealt primarily with the theory of comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin and other models that explain the patterns and effects of international trade. His work on trade policy has included analyses of anti-dumping laws, the safeguards clause of the GATT, and arguments for and against extending intellectual property protection to developing countries. In his work with Professor Stern, he has developed a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of production, trade, and employment in 34 major countries of the world. They have used this model for a variety of purposes, including analysis of the Tokyo and Uruguay Rounds of multilateral trade negotiations and possible outcomes of the current Doha Round. He, Professor Stern, and Drusilla K. Brown have also developed a series of four- and eight country CGE models that they have used to evaluate the sectoral employment implications of various regional trading arrangements in North America, the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Europe.

Eugenio A. Diaz-Bonilla
Eugenio A. Diaz-Bonilla is the Executive Director for Argentina and Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank. He has more than 30 years of professional experience as an economist, working with the public and private sector in different developing countries. He has been consultant and staff member with several international organizations: the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter- American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He advised Ministers and senior public officials in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation and food security programs, and project financing. He has just published (co-edited with Soren Frandsen and Sherman Robinson) the book "WTO Negotiations and Agricultural Trade Liberalization: The effect of Developed Countries" Policies on Developing Countries" printed by CABI (London).

Luis Miguel Galindo
Mr. Galindo has been recently appointed at the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division of ECLAC as lead economist for the studies on the economics of climate change in South America. Previously, he worked on economic forecasting in some financial consultancy firms and international organizations. He studied economics at the UNAM and obtained his Ph D at the Univesity of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

He has a long experience on climate change issues, gained as general coordinator of the Mexican study of the economics of climate change, ordered by the Ministries of Treasury and Environment, and working with the Nobel Prize Mario Molina and in some environmental institutions in Mexico. He has published more than 40 articles on monetary and environmental issues in journals such as Manchester School, Trimestre Economico, Journal of Energy Economics, and in books like Galindo, L.M., M. Molina et al. (2002), "Forces driving pollutant emissions in the MCMA" in Air quality in the M"ico Megacity: an integrated assesment, M. Molina y L. Molina (eds.). Recently he has also edited a book, on the econometric models of the Central Banks in Central America. He teaches econometrics and monetary economics at postgraduate level at COLMEX, ITAM, CIDE and UNAM and at some Spanish universities.

Manuel Marfan (Dinner speaker)
Manuel Marfan has been Board Member of the Central Bank of Chile since December 2003. He graduated in economics from the University of Chile in 1977 and received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1986 with his thesis on fiscal policy. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Marf" was regional advisor and director of the Economic Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC from 2000 to 2003. He was Finance Minister (1999-2000), Finance Under-Secretary and chairman of the Capital Market Committee (1994-99). Previously he had been advisor to the Finance Ministry (1993-94), macroeconomic policies coordinator, and executive secretary of the Ministers" Economic Committee (1990-91).

During this time he was able to push forward tax reforms, banking and capital market reforms, modernization of the Finance Ministry services and actively participated in the design and coordination of macroeconomic policies in the decade 1990-2000.

Mr. Marfan was a researcher at the Corporation for Latin American Economic Research, CIEPLAN (1977-78; 1983-90 and 1992) and for the regional employment program for Latin America and the Caribbean-ILO (1978-81).

He was also member of the group of external advisors to the President of the IDB (2001) and of the external review group of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department (2000). He co- chaired the Hemispheric Committee on international economic and financial affairs, linked to the Free Trade Association of the Americas, FTAA (1995-99). He has worked as a consultant on macroeconomic and fiscal policies for several countries in Latin America. Mr. Marf" has published articles in periodicals and books in Chile and abroad. He has been professor of macroeconomics and fiscal policy at the Catholic University of Chile, at the Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Development, ILADES-Georgetown University, the Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Planning, ILPES. He is currently professor of macroeconomics at the University of Chile.

John Nash
John Nash has been a member of the World Bank staff since 1986, working in Latin America and Caribbean agricultural operations (1986-88); the International Trade Research Group in the Development Economics vice-presidency (1988-1996); and Europe and Central Asia agricultural operations (1996-December, 2001); and Advisor for Commodities and Trade in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development vice-presidency (2002- Dec. 2006). Since January 2007, he has been Lead Economist of the Sustainable Development Department in the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Operations, dealing with issues of climate change, rural development, environment, social development, energy, infrastructure, urban development and water supply.

John was previously with the US Federal Trade Commission (1983-88), holding positions including Assistant Director for Trade Regulation Rules and economic advisor to the chairman. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of economics at Texas A&M University (1980-83). John holds an MSc and PhD in economics, from the University of Chicago and a BS in economics from Texas A&M University.

He has published on topics such as economic implications of climate change; WTO negotiations and the implications for developing countries; trade policy in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and transition economies; agricultural policy adjustment; agricultural price policy; commodity price stabilization; and capital mobility.

Jose Antonio Ocampo
Jose Antonio Ocampo is a Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Program in Economic and Political Development at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He will teach courses in the Ph.D. program in Sustainable Development and is a member of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought. Prior to his appointment, Professor Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under- Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del Rep"lica (Central Bank of Colombia); Director, National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chairman of the Board of Banco Cafetero (Coffee Bank), Industrial y Minera (Agrarian Bank) and Executive Director, FEDESARROLLO.

Dr. Ocampo received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, 1976. He was a Professor in the Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics at Cambridge University, a Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes, a Professor of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Yale and Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles on macroeconomics policy and theory, economic development, international trade and economic history. His recent publications include Stability with Growth: Macroeconomics, Liberalization and Development, with Joseph E. Stiglitz, Shari Spiegel, Ricardo French-Davis and Deepak Nayyar, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).