IfAD Public Talk Series

Our speakers are leading national and international experts and policymakers who talk about the economic and development issues, challenges, and opportunities of our time. The talks are open to general audience, and all are encouraged to attend.

Innovative Financing for Development and Global Education

Speaker: Emily Gustafsson-Wright, The Brookings Institution
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM (AZ), Monday, 23rd February 2023
Location: Zoom
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Bio: Dr. Gustafsson-Wright is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. She specializes in applied microeconomic and policy research. Her current focus on effective delivery of social services, including education and health interventions in developing countries, has established her role as a global expert on innovative financing mechanisms including payment by results, public-private partnerships, and impact investing. She is the leader in the field of social and development impact bonds. She has authored a series of publications on the issues including the success of impact bonds.

She has given invited lectures on these topics at the universities such as Columbia, Duke, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins. She leads the Childhood Costing Initiative at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, aimed to establish quality data on the costs of education and early childhood interventions.

With over 20 years of experience in development, her previous professional experience includes working at the World Bank, the UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, and the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID). Dr. Gustafsson-Wright holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute, the University of Amsterdam, as well as a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work is regularly cited in the media including in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, and she has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as contributed to several books in her field.

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