CIGI experts available for media commentary on annual meetings of International Monetary Fund and World Bank

Media advisory

October 7, 2013

Waterloo, Ontario – October 7, 2013 Looking for expert commentary ahead of and during this week’s annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington, DC?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will have the following experts in Washington from October 8 and available for media interviews:

  • Thomas A. Bernes, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office, author of Progress on International Economic Governance? (CIGI IMF Commentary, 2013)
  • Paul Blustein, CIGI Senior Fellow, award-winning author and former global economy reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, author of Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System (CIGI, 2013)
  • James Boughton, CIGI Senior Fellow and former IMF historian, author of Why We Need (but Will Not Soon Get) IMF Reform (CIGI IMF commentary, 2013)
  • Barry Carin, CIGI Senior Fellow and former assistant deputy minister of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s, author of The IMF and Climate Change (CIGI IMF commentary, 2013)
  • Richard Gitlin, CIGI Senior Fellow and chairman of Gitlin & Company, co-author of The Sovereign Debt Forum: Expanding Our Tool Kit for Handling Sovereign Crises (CIGI policy brief, 2013)
  • Brett House, CIGI Senior Fellow and Chazen Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School, co-author of The Sovereign Debt Forum: Expanding Our Tool Kit for Handling Sovereign Crises (CIGI policy brief, 2013)
  • Harold James, CIGI Senior Fellow, author of International Cooperation and Central Banks (CIGI Essays on International Finance, vol. 1, 2013)
  • Domenico Lombardi, Director of CIGI’s Global Economy research program, author of A Preview of the IMF Annual Meetings and co-author of Don't Forget about Europe (and Italy) Just Yet  (CIGI IMF commentaries, 2013)
  • Bessma Momani, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate professor of political science at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, author of Putting FSB Concerns Back on the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings Agenda (CIGI IMF commentary, 2013)
  • Susan Schadler, CIGI Senior Fellow and former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) European Department, author of Sustainable Debt and the Political Economy of Lending: Constraining the IMF’s Role in Sovereign Debt Crises (CIGI paper, 2013)

CIGI will also have a number of its other experts available for phone or broadcast interviews. This list of experts includes:

  • Manmohan Agarwal, CIGI Senior Fellow and former senior economist at the IMF and former World Bank strategist, author of Global Imbalances (CIGI G20 commentary, 2012)
  • Martin S. Edwards, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI, author of “Can Economic Surveillance Make A Difference? Insights from the OECD" (Global Policy Journal, 2013)
  • David Kempthorne, CIGI Research Fellow specializing in international financial regulatory institutions and the global financial crisis
  • Manuela Moschella, CIGI Senior Fellow, author of Governing Global Finance: Institutions, Decision-Making Processes and Public Policies (Il Mulino, 2013)
  • Pierre Siklos, CIGI Senior Fellow and professor of macroeconomics at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, author of The Great Fragmentation: The Makings of Another Crisis or Opportunity for Progress?, (CIGI G20 commentary 2013)

In Washington, DC:
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: (+1) 519.573.2703, Email: [email protected]

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

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