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DATE: October 12, 2017

DAY: Thursday

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


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The global recovery has gained momentum, but how can we sustain it and ensure more people reap the benefits? Technological advancements, global integration, and the rise of the sharing economy create opportunities, but also present enormous challenges, especially for low-skilled workers. The panelists discuss how to strengthen the recovery and design public policies that create durable and inclusive growth.

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CNN Debate on the Global Economy

CNN Debate on the Global Economy


Moderator: Richard Quest

Richard Quest

Richard Quest is CNN's international business correspondent and  anchor of Quest Means Business (QMB). QMB, which airs on CNN International. Guests of the show included world leaders, bankers, ministers of finance, leaders of the IMF/World Bank and influential names in corporate America. Quest has regularly reported from G20 meetings and attends the WEF each year. Prior to joining CNN, he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years. Quest is British, holds an LLB degree in Law from Leeds University.

Panelist: Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. She is also co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research; visiting scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; economic advisory panel member, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India); and co-editor of American Economic Review. Previously, she advised India's Ministry of Finance on G-20 matters and was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago. In 2011, she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Panelist: Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani  Indrawati has been Indonesia’s Minister of Finance since 2016. Previously, Sri Mulyani was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Bank from 2010–16, and also served as Executive Director of the IMF from 2002–04. She was Indonesia’s Minister of Finance from 2005–10. Sri Mulyani is currently the Chair of  the Development Committee of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. Sri Mulyani has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.

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: Bruno Le Maire

Bruno Le Maire was appointed Minister for the Economy and Finance of France in May 2017. He began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he became Strategic Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, followed by Adviser to the Minister of the Interior in 2004. In 2005, he served as an adviser to the Prime Minister and then as Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2007. In 2008, he was named Minister of State for European Affairs before being appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in 2009. In 2012, he was elected MP for the first constituency of the Eure département. He is a graduate of the École nationale d'administration and Sciences Po Paris with a higher degree in French language and literature.

Panelist: William Morneau

William Morneau was appointed Finance Minister of Canada on November 4, 2015, following his election as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre. He became President of Morneau Shepell in 1992.  Under his leadership, the company became the largest Canadian human resources company, employing 4000 people in Canada and around the world, and he took the company public in 2005 on the TSX. Morneau studied retirement issues as a member of the Government of Ontario’s Pension Advisory Council and in 2012, he was appointed as Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance. He holds a B.A. from Western University, an M. Sc. from London School of Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD.