Youth’s Take: Tackling Inequality in the 21st Century

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DATE: October 16, 2019

DAY: Wednesday

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM


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Chief Economist Gita Gopinath shares the stage with two young leaders who recently won F&D magazine’s global student essay contest on how best to tackle inequality in the 21st century. This event will feature an interactive dialogue about climate change, urbanization and more, including a Q&A with the studio audience and with live-stream viewers from around the world.

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Youth’s Take: Tackling Inequality in the 21st Century


Opening Remarks: Carla Grasso

Carla Grasso, a dual national of Brazil and Italy, became Deputy Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Fund in 2015. Ms. Grasso oversees all the Fund’s administrative functions, coordinates the budget, human resources, technology, general services, and internal audit. She also oversees the IMF’s capacity-building and training work. Before coming to the Fund, Ms. Grasso worked at Vale S.A., one of the world’s largest mining companies, serving as Vice President for Human Resources and Corporate Services. Before joining Vale S.A., Ms. Grasso served as Secretary of the Brazilian Supplementary Social Security Office, and also held several positions as Advisor and Coordinator in the Ministries of Social Security, Finance, and Planning, as well as in the Office of the President of Brazil. She was also Professor of International Economics and Monetary Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Brasília, of Economy Mathematics at the Centro Universitário do Distrito Federal, and of Business Education at Insper (Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa) in Sao Paulo. Ms. Grasso holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy from Universidade de Brasília.

Moderator: Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath is the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She oversees the work of staff, represents the Fund at multilateral forums, leads the Fund’s work on surveillance and related policies, and oversees research and flagship publications. Previously, Ms. Gopinath was the Fund's Chief Economist. In that role, she helmed thirteen releases of the World Economic Outlook. She also worked with other Fund departments on a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows via the Integrated Policy Framework. Prior to joining the IMF, Ms. Gopinath was the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University and before that she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Her research, which focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics, is widely cited and has been published in many top economics journals. She has authored numerous articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

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Presenter: Elizabeth Schulze

Elizabeth Schulze Elizabeth Schulze is a correspondent covering technology at CNBC International. Elizabeth regularly covers and breaks global tech news live on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” and “Worldwide Exchange” programs. Her original reporting on the intersection of technology, finance and policy has attracted attention from global policymakers and the world’s biggest technology companies.

Panelist: Lyndsay Walsh

Lyndsay Walsh is a graduate in natural sciences, specializing in zoology, of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she is currently studying for a master’s in development practice. Lyndsey is the winner of Finance & Development magazine’s 2019 global essay competition for graduate students on how best to tackle inequality.

Panelist: Tarik Gooptu

Tarik Gooptu is a graduate of the master’s of philosophy program in economics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Originally from Washington, D.C., he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in economics and political science. Tarik placed second in Finance & Development magazine’s 2019 global essay competition for students.