Waterloo, Canada – October 4, 2012 – Looking for expert commentary on the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group, which run October 9-14 in Tokyo?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will have the following experts in Tokyo and available for media interviews:

  • Paul Blustein, CIGI Senior Fellow, award-winning journalist and author of How Global Watchdogs Missed a World of Trouble (CIGI Paper, 2012) and A Flop and a Debacle: Inside the IMF’s Global Rebalancing Acts (CIGI Paper, 2012)
  • Bessma Momani, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate professor of political science at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, author of IMF-Egyptian Debt Negotiations (American University of Cairo Press, 2006)

CIGI will also have a number of its other experts available for phone or video link-up interviews via the CIGI Broadcast Studio in Waterloo, Ontario. This list of experts includes:

  • Manmohan Agarwal, CIGI Senior Fellow and former senior economist at the IMF and former strategist for the World Bank’s Latin American department
  • Thomas A. Bernes, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office, and former executive secretary of the joint IMF-World Bank Development Committee
  • Colin Bradford, CIGI Senior Fellow and former chief economist at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and head of research at the Development Centre of the (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) OECD in Paris
  • Barry Carin, CIGI Senior Fellow and former assistant deputy minister, economic policy, at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Gregory Chin, CIGI Senior Fellow and China Research Chair and project leader for CIGI’s BRICS, Asia and International Monetary Reform research project
  • Andrew F. Cooper, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and co-editor of Rising States, Rising Institutions: Challenges for Global Governance (Brookings Institution Press, 2010)
  • Paul Heinbecker, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations
  • Susan M. Schadler, CIGI Senior Fellow, former deputy director of the IMF’s European Department and author of Sovereign Debtors in Distress ((CIGI Paper, 2012)
  • Pierre Siklos, CIGI Senior Fellow and author of From Bretton Woods to the Euro: How Policy-Maker Overreach Fosters Economic Crises (CIGI Paper, 2012)
  • Gordon Smith, CIGI Distinguished Fellow, former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and author of The Evolving Role of the G20 (CIGI Commentary, 2012)
  • Debra Steger, CIGI Senior Fellow, former director and chief legal adviser to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body

CIGI and The Financing for Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations (FfDO) also invite media attending the IMF and World Bank Group annual meetings to attend their joint panel, titled Facilitating International Adjustment through Timely Debt Resolution. For more information on this, visit http://www.cigionline.org/events/facilitating-international-adjustment-CIGI-FfDo-panel.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                              
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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