Mr. Nussbaum will discuss new trends and challenges in international development, the importance of research to inform innovative policy thinking on these issues, as well as some preliminary ideas on how donors can respond. 


Tobias (Tobi) Nussbaum is the Director General of Strategic Policy at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In this position he is responsible for the Agency's policy development and research work, economic analysis and international strategy, including policy engagement with multilateral organizations and other donors. He is currently the Co-Chair of the International Network on Conflict-Affected and Fragile States (INCAF) housed at the OECD.  

Prior to joining CIDA in 2010, he was the Director of Operations for Social Development Policy at the Privy Council Office in Ottawa. He spent over 10 years with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, in various positions, including postings at the Canadian Missions to the United Nations in New York and the World Trade Organization in Geneva.  

He has a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an LLB from the University of Victoria, a BA(Hon.) from Queen's University, and has studied at the University of Freiburg and Utrecht University. He speaks English, French and German.