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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 foremost international business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business (QMB). Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team. QMB, which airs on CNN International, destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. CEOs and global finance ministers make a point of appearing on QMB. Guests of the show have included world leaders; the biggest names in banking; and some of the most influential names in corporate America. Quest has regularly reported from G20 meetings and attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland each year. Quest has covered every major stock market and financial crisis since Black Monday in 1987 and has reported from key financial centers globally including Wall Street, London, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In addition, Quest is the established airline and aviation correspondent at CNN. He currently presents the monthly CNN Business Traveler show, the definitive authority on making the most of doing business on the road. As a business travel specialist, Quest has become a voice of authority on subjects like the launch of the Airbus A380. Most recently, Quest has extensively covered the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 across CNN/US and CNNI. Quest is also the face of CNN’s coverage of major UK news events. His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. 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 (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar.

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.