DebtCon Virtual Session: Paper Presentations & Policy Session

May 11, 2022

The Policy Center for the New South is pleased to organize an online parallel event in the framework of the Annual Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Conference, organized by the Graduate Institute of Geneva, the European University Institute and the GeorgeTown University. The objective of DebtCon4 is to discuss state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on sovereign debt and related policy issues, and to foster interaction among academics, senior policymakers, supervisors, industry representatives and other practitioners. The conference will include both high-level roundtables, where practice, policy and research will meet, and parallel sessions, where research papers will be presented. This parallel event will be comprised of two sessions.

The first session will be organized on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm GMT+1 and will feature the following paper presentations: Preventing and Managing Debt Crises: The Role of Debt Transparency Rym Ayadi, Founder and Scientific Director, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association COVID-19 and Debt Sustainability Issues for Developing Countries Hinh Dinh, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South Debt Forgiveness in the time of COVID-19 Sayantan Ghosal, Professor of Economics, Adam Smith Business School Dania Thomas, Lecturer in Business Law, Adam Smith Business School.

The second session of this parallel event, titled “Towards an African Financial Stability Mechanism”, will be organized on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm GMT+1.

Rym Ayadi
Founder and Scientific Director, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association
Rym Ayadi is the Founder and President of the Euro – Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA). She is Founder and Director of the Euro-Mediterranean and African Network for Economic Studies (EMANES). She is Senior Advisor at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); Professor at the Bayes Business School, City University of London and Member of the Centre for Banking Research (CBR); Chair of the European Banking Authority – Banking Stakeholders Group (EBA- BSG). She is also Associated Scholar at the Centre for Relationship Banking and Economics (CERBE) at LUMSA University in Rome. ...
Otaviano Canuto
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, principal at Center for Macroeconomics and Development and non-resident fellow at Brookings Institute. Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Vice President at the Inter-American Development Bank. He was also Deputy Minister for international affairs at Brazil’s Ministry of Finance, as well as professor of economics at University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP). ...
Hinh T. Dinh
Senior Fellow
Hinh T. Dinh is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South; President and CEO of Economic Growth and Transformation, LLC., Great Falls, VA, USA; and Senior Research Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Previously he spent over 35 years working at the World Bank Group.  He joined the Bank through its Young Professionals Program and held a variety of assignments in all three complexes: Operations, Finance, and Research.  His last position was Lead Economist in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank.  He has authored and coauthored books published by the World Bank, Oxford University, and Policy Center for the New South, and articles in professional journals covering public finance, industrialization, and economic ...
Sayantan Ghosal
Professor of Economics, Adam Smith Business School
Sayantan is Professor of Economics at the Adam Smith Business School and Dean of Interdisciplinarity and Impact at the Colege of Social Sciences. He was a Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick from 2004 to 2013 where he was Research Director of the ESRC funded Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). He also has a PhD from CORE, Universite Catholique de Louvain under the European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics. ...
Thomas Laryea
Interntional Lawyer Specializing in Finance and Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Orrick
Thomas is widely recognized in international law and policy circles for sovereign debt restructurings and Africa-related finance and investments. While he has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global. Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries. As the only senior IMF lawyer in private practice, he offers distinctive insights to asset managers, real money investors and hedge funds on sovereign debt and restructurings as well as large scale corporate restructurings and project financings. His practice bridges legal and strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolut ...
Emmanuel Pinto Moreira
Senior Fellow
Dr. Emmanuel Pinto Moreira is Senior Fellow at Policy Center for the New South and the Director of the Economic Department of the African Development Bank. He is in charge of establishing a strong department as well as genuinely conducting policy dialogue with policy makers of the region while heavily focusing on new growth strategies, challenges facing middle income countries, fiscal policies and debt reduction strategies. He served previously as regional lead economist for the MENA region at the World Bank. His mission was geared towards first conducting policy dialogue with Maghreb authorities’ and helping them design their vision papers; second, he provided strategic advice on major economic challenges facing these countries, more precisely. Furthermore, Dr. Pinto Moreira ...


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