Have world leaders and their finance ministers done enough to find common ground on global economy policy challenges? What is the biggest threat to the continued recovery? Will the 2013 annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund yield positive developments for the global outlook?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover its CIGI Global Policy Forum, “State of the Global Economy,” taking place on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada.

Having just returned from the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, international policy expert Domenico Lombardi will deliver a keynote address that reviews the outlook of the global economy and the status of current international cooperation toward strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

Lombardi is Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. He also serves as Chair of The Oxford Institute for Economic Policy, Vice Chair of New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, and sits on the advisory boards of the Bretton Woods Committee in Washington, the G20 Research Group and the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto, and the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. Lombardi is a member of the Financial Times Forum of Economists and editor of the World Economics Journal.

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. A video recording of the event will be placed online in the near future. Media wishing to cover the forum as it occurs are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Declan Kelly, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356 or [email protected].


Domenico Lombardi joined CIGI as director of the Global Economy program in April 2013. In 2011, he served as the rapporteur for the High-Level Panel on the Governance of the Financial Stability Board. A year earlier, he was appointed by the World Bank Group’s Board of Directors as the External Reviewer to conduct the first independent review of the Group’s Oversight and Accountability Units. In 2009, Mr. Lombardi authored the report to the IMF Managing Director on IMF Governance Reform (“Fourth Pillar Report”). Prior to that, Mr. Lombardi’s distinguished career includes positions on the executive boards of major international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.  His academic interests focus on the global economy and currencies, global governance, the G20, the G8, and the reform of the international financial and monetary system. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been referred to in Congressional and Parliamentary hearings around the world. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance. Mr. Lombardi has an undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Banking and Finance from Bocconi University, Milan, and a Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University (Nuffield College).

Invitation-Only Event:

CIGI Global Policy Forum: “State of the Global Economy,” by Domenico Lombardi, Director of the Global Economy Program at CIGI


Tuesday, September 17, 2013


5:30-7 p.m.


Rideau Club
99 Bank St. 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1P 6B9


Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, 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 (BlackBerry), 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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