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DATE: April 13, 2016

DAY: Wednesday

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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After the adoption of a renewed global commitment to development in 2015, the real challenge now will be implementation. A key theme from the 2015 Financing for Development (FfD) Conference in Addis Ababa was the urgent need to improve fiscal outcomes and address related implementation challenges. This panel will discuss a number of key issues. How can capacity development (CD, that is, technical assistance and training) better support countries in their efforts, particularly in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals? What lessons can be drawn from past experiences of strengthening CD? How can we be more innovative in meeting CD needs?

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Collect More & Spend Better The Role of Capacity Development

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Moderator: Domenico Lombardi

Domenico Lombardi is the Director of the Global Economy Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Ontario, Canada. He also serves in the Advisory Boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Bretton Woods Committee, Washington. He is a member of the Financial Times Forum of Economists and Editor of the World Economics Journal. Prior, Dr. Lombardi was a Senior Fellow at Brookings and has also served as a member of the Executive Boards of the IMF and the World Bank.

Panelist: Amadou Ba

Amadou Ba has been Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning of Senegal since September 2013. Between 2006 and 2013, Minister Ba served as Senegal’s Director General of Taxation and Fields. He has also lead the Center for Large Businesses and the Department of Taxation and has held senior posts at the Department of Audits and Surveys, the Department of Insurance, and the Centre for Tax Services. Minister Ba has a background as accountant and taught accounting and taxation in the 1990s at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the West African Training Center for Banking Studies, and at the Central Bank of West African States.

Panelist: Nancy Birdsall

Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development's. From 1993 to 1998, she was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, where she oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. Before that she worked 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, including as director of the Policy Research Department. Prior to launching the Center, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and many scholarly papers. Ms. Birdsall received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Panelist: Vitor Gaspar

Vitor Gaspar is the Director of Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF.

Mr. Gaspar, a Portuguese national, has held a variety of senior policy positions in Banco de Portugal, including most recently as Special Adviser. He served as Minister of State and Finance of Portugal during 2011-2013. He was acting director-general of the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers during 2007-2010 and director-general of general research at the European Central Bank from 1998-2004.

Mr. Gaspar holds a Ph.D and a post-doctoral agregado in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa; he also studied at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Panelist: Carla Grasso

Carla Grasso, a dual national of Brazil and Italy, is Deputy Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the IMF. She oversees all the IMF’s administrative functions, coordinates the budget, HR, technology, general services, and internal audit, and oversees the IMF’s capacity building and training work. She worked for 14 years at Vale S.A., one of the world’s largest mining companies, as VP for Human Resources and Corporate Services.

Panelist: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has been Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since July 2011. She held various ministerial positions within the French government, including Finance and Economy Minister (2007–11), Minister for Foreign Trade, and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. She was also Chairman of the Global Executive Committee and Global Strategic Committee of Baker & McKenzie.

Panelist: Eric G. Postel

Eric G. Postel is Associate Administrator of USAID (since 2015) and Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment (since 2011). He also serves as the USAID coordinator for the government-wide Partnership for Growth program and is an Alternate director to the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior, Mr. Postel worked in the private sector in investment banking and consulting focused on emerging markets incl. the former Soviet Union and Africa.

Panelist: Klaus Rudischhauser

Klaus Rudischhauser has been the acting Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO)–EuropeAid since March 1, 2016. As such, he oversees general coordination, inter-institutional relations, budget, and communication, among other areas. Mr. Rudishhauser served as Deputy Director-General at DG DEVCO–EuropeAid for the last four years, overseeing EU development policy, sustainable growth and development, human and society development, and quality and results. Mr. Rudischhauser has also held senior posts at the Directorate-General for Development and Relations with ACP Countries.

Panelist: Alonso Segura Vasi

Alonso Segura Vasi is the Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru, where he previously was Chief of Staff. He has been Chief Economist and Head of Strategy at Banco de Crédito del Perú (BCP), Peru´s largest bank; Chief Economist at Banco Wiese Sudameris (now Scotiabank Peru); Advisor to Executive Director for the Southern Cone and Economist at the Financial Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund; among other positions. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and Universidad del Pacífico in Peru.

As of April 2016