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List of speakers -International Conference on Food Price Volatility


Anindya Banerjee
Anindya Banerjee is Professor of Econometrics in the Department of Economics in the University of Birmingham. He has previously taught at Oxford and the European University Institute in Florence and most recently held the post of Scientific Counsellor to the Macroeconomic Forecasting Directorate of the Banque de France. He helps edit Oxford Economic Papers and the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.


Domenico Fanizza
Domenico Fanizza is an Assistant Director with the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has been leading the IMF team working on Kenya since January 2010. Previously, he held positions in the Middle Eastern Department, where he led missions to Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Mr. Fanizza holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Northwestern University.


Pierre Jacquet
Pierre Jacquet, President of the Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organization that builds research capacity in developing countries. Former Chief Economist of the French development agency (AFD) and chairman of the Economics department at Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées.

John Baffes
John Baffes is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Currently, he manages the World Bank’s the Commodity Quarterly report. Other responsibilities include analysis and research on market structure and policy reforms, as well as maintenance of World Bank’s commodity-related data systems. Since joining the World Bank in 1993, he has worked in several area departments, including Latin America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. His contributes appear frequently to World Bank and external publications, including academic journals and books. Mr. Baffes holds a B.S. (University of Athens, Greece), M.S. (University of Georgia, USA), and Ph.D. (University of Maryland, USA).

Christophe Gouel
Christophe Gouel is research fellow at INRA, Economie Publique, Paris. His research topic is the dynamics of commodity prices, particularly in relation to issues of food security. He studies the design of stabilization policies through storage and trade policies.

Jonathan Kaminski
Jonathan Kaminski is a micro-economist currently working as a research associate for the World Bank Africa Region Chief Economist Office and the Development Economics Research group. Jonathan Kaminski got his PhD in 2008 from the University of Toulouse (France) and has been working at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2008-2011) as a lecturer, and as an independent researcher in 2011-12 on three different research projects (FAO, IFPRI, OXFAM). His research interests include empirical issues in development microeconomics and poverty analysis, african rural economies, commodity markets and policies, climate change and agriculture, as well as food security and nutrition.

Brian Dilon
Dr. Brian Dillon is an Assistant Professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. His teaching and research are concentrated in the areas of agricultural trade, agricultural household modeling, risk and information, factor markets in developing countries, and human-environment interaction. He works primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Dillon received his PhD in economics from Cornell University. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2013 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Catherine Simonet
Catherine Simonet is post-doctoral researcher on Climate Risk Management at the European Commission Joint Research Center. She holds a PhD in international development from the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement internationales (CERDI) in Clermont-Ferrand. Her research interests include climate change, economic, climate and environmental shocks, and economic vulnerability.»

Abhijit Sen Gupta
Dr. Abhijit Sen Gupta is currently an Economist with the Indian Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank. Prior to this he has worked with Jawaharlal Nehrun University (Associate Professor), World Bank (Consultant) and International Monetary Fund (Intern) He obtained his Ph.D in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has published more than a dozen academic articles in both refereed international journals and conference volumes, together with a host of op-ed articles for the general public.


Catherine Araujo-Bonjean
Catherine Araujo-Bonjean is a doctor in economics. She is a permanent researcher at CERDI the center for research on economic development at the University of Auvergne(France).Her main fields of research are: Commodity markets, Agricultural and Food policies, Household behavior and Family economics.

Laurence Ball
Laurence Ball is a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has served since 1994; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund. He has previously been a Visiting Scholar at a number of central banks, including the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. He is the author of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets (Worth Publishers), and his research interests include the interactions between relative prices and inflation. He received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1986.

Javier Blas
Javier Blas is the Africa editor of the Financial Times. Mr Blas is a journalist with more than 15 years experience in international economics. For the last decade, he focused on oil, metals and agricultural commodities. Since 2013 he is the Africa editor of the Financial Times. Mr Blas, a Spanish national, has worked in Spanish and English publications, and reported from more than 50 countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has appeared as a news commentator on CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera among others. He received the A.H. Boerma award from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization for his coverage of the 2007-08 food crisis. He is a graduate of the Universidad de Navarra in Spain, and also studied at the University of Sheffield in the UK under a EU Erasmus fellowship.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development (ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since August 2012. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from January 2005 until June 2012, and (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Graduate School Professor, Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, University of Copenhagen. He is an agricultural economist specialized in food and nutrition policy and economics. His recent books include “Food Policy for Developing Countries” and “ The African Food System and its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition”. Results from a 3-year study of the political economy of food price policy, for which he was the project leader, are presented in working papers on the UNU-WIDER web site and will be published in “Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability” Oxford University Press, 2014.

Axel Bertuch-Samuels
Axel Bertuch-Samuels, is Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department and IMF Special Representative to the UN. He was Deputy Director in the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department from 2002 to 2012. Between 2000 and 2002 he served as Special Advisor to the Managing Director. Mr. Bertuch-Samuels also worked for the EBRD as Director and Head of the President’s Office from 1998 to 2000, and was Chief Economist of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association from 1993 to 1998. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance of Germany.

Prakash Loungani
Prakash Loungani heads the work on commodities in the IMF’s Research Department. He is also co-chair of the IMF’s group on “Jobs & Growth” and a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on employment. He is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


Katheline Schubert
Professor, Paris School of Economics & Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Katheline Schubert earned her PhD in economics from Univ. Paris 1 in 1986 and has been full professor since 1988. Her research is in environmental and natural resources economics, dynamic macroeconomics and growth theory.


Zacharias Ziegelhöfer
Zacharias Ziegelhöfer is a PhD candidate in International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID) in Geneva. His research interests include the consequences of food price fluctuations for developing countries and the evaluation of impacts of social policy and development projects. In April 2014, Zacharias will start to work as an economist with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Sanvi Avouyi-Dovi
Sanvi Avouyi-Dovi is a senior Adviser at the Banque de France. He is an Associate Professor at Paris-Dauphine University. He is a graduate of Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique and University of Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne (PhD). His main research interests are in macroeconomic and microeconomic modeling and applied econometrics.

Stephen A. O’Connell
Stephen A. O’Connell joined USAID as its Chief Economist in January 2014, on leave from Swarthmore College where he is Gil and Frank Mustin Professor of Economics. Steve’s research focuses on macroeconomic policy and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and includes recent work on monetary policy in Tanzania and the East African Community. He spent 2013 as a Visiting Scholar in the Research and Strategy, Policy and Review (SPR) Departments of the IMF.

Yves Jégourel
Dr Yves Jégourel is associate professor in economics and finance at the University of Bordeaux and affiliate professor at Toulouse Business School. He conducts most of its research in the field of commodities’ derivatives markets. He is head of the master program «Bank finance and international trade» at the University of Bordeaux and the Vietnam National University.

Charan Singh
Dr. Charan Singh is a RBI Chair Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. Earlier, he was a Senior Economist at IEO of the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC from 2009 to 2012. He has worked extensively for more than two decades in Reserve Bank of India from 1984 to 2009. Singh earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and was a visiting scholar for more than a year each at Department of Economics, Harvard University and the Stanford Center for International Development, Stanford University.


Karim El Aynaoui
Karim El Aynaoui is currently Advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP. He is also Managing Director of OCP Policy Center. Previously, he was during five years the Director of Economics and International Relations at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy. He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank. Earlier within this Institution, where he stayed from 2005 until 2012, he contributed to establish and led the Research division, and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, Karim El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an Economist. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught for three years. He has published articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries.

Leo Abruzzese
Leo Abruzzese directs the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global forecasting service, with responsibility for assessing global economic growth, exchange rates, interest rates and financial-market performance. He edits the Global Outlook, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s monthly, flagship economic publication. He was one of the architects of the EIU’s Global Food Security Index.

Rabah Arezki
Rabah Arezki is a Senior Economist at the IMF Research Department and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and an external research associate at the University of Oxford. Rabah has written on natural resources, international macroeconomics and development economics. He has published widely in leading academic journals and has also been cited in leading magazines and newspapers. He is a frequent contributor to Finance and Development magazine.

Arif Husain
Dr Arif Husain is Chief Economist of the United Nations World Food Program. His work primarily focuses on analyzing the effects of external economic shocks on the food security and welfare conditions in the low and middle income countries. His research interests include studying linkages between economic growth and equity, poverty, hunger and conflict. Arif has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota.


Knut Are Aastveit
Knut Are Aastveit is a Senior Advisor in the Monetary Policy Department at Norges Bank. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oslo in 2010. Knut’s primary research interests are in applied macroeconomics and econometrics.

Sid’Ahmed Raiss
Mr Sid’Ahmed Raiss carried out a brilliant carrier in the Mauritanian administration where he occupied many high level positions. He was respectively, minister of trade and industry, minister of budget, minister of finance before his current position as Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania that he occupies since 2009.