Since the first G20 leaders’ meeting in Washington in November 2008, the G20 has evolved from a crisis committee to the “premier forum” for international economic cooperation among its member economies. For several years beforehand, CIGI led the way in advocating elevation of the G20 finance ministers’ meetings to summits of government leaders. CIGI continues to give a prominent place to G20 analysis in its research, conferences and publications work. The G20 Agenda and Process: Analysis and Insight by CIGI Experts is a compilation of 21 commentaries on policy and governance issues under discussion in 2010 that are still relevant to the ongoing G20 agenda under the French presidency and the forum’s aspirations for the future.

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  • Andrew F. Cooper

    A prolific author and authoritative voice in the study of global governance, Andrew F. Cooper is one of the longest-serving experts at CIGI, having joined the organization in 2002. Andrew’s recent research projects focus on national perspectives on the G8 and G20, unconventional diplomacy in areas such as celebrity activism and Caribbean offshore gambling, the interaction of globalization and regionalism in the Americas, and the changing hierarchy in world politics.

  • Barry Carin

    Barry Carin is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He has served in a number of senior official positions in the Government of Canada and played an instrumental role in developing the initial arguments for the G20 and a leader’s level G20. Barry brings institutional knowledge and experience to his research at CIGI on the G20, international development, energy and climate change.

  • Bessma Momani

    Bessma Momani is a senior fellow, joining CIGI in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy, and is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. She is a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and a Fulbright Scholar. 

  • Colin Bradford

    Colin Bradford is also a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is project leader of the Brookings-CIGI Global Governance Reform project, and the joint CIGI-Brookings National Perspectives on Global Leadership (NPGL). His current research focuses on the G20 agenda and process. He has also served as chief economist at USAID and head of research at the Development Centre of the OECD in Paris.

  • Daniel Schwanen

    A prominent Canadian economist, policy analyst and commentator on international economic policy issues, Daniel Schwanen is a senior fellow at CIGI and an expert on global economic governance, trade and regional integration. Since joining CIGI in 2004, he has contributed to the organization in senior executive and research capacities. Daniel is also Associate Vice-President, Trade and International Policy, at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto.

  • Eric Helleiner

    Eric Helleiner is CIGI chair in international political economy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Political Science. His current research interests include political economy of the current global financial crisis, international financial regulation, changing power in the international monetary and financial system, the history of international development and North-South monetary relations in the postwar period.

  • Gordon Smith

    A former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and G7/G8 Sherpa, Gordon Smith is a leading expert on the evolution of the G20 and global summitry. Since joining CIGI in 2010 as a distinguished fellow, Gordon has been a key contributor to CIGI’s G20 research activities, events and publications. His current work focuses on the convergence of technology and global affairs.

  • Gregory Chin

    Gregory Chin has experience as a practitioner in policy planning and implementation of foreign policy, and academic training on the study of China, Asia and global affairs. His research focuses on the political economy of China, Asia and global governance. A faculty member at York University (Canada), he joined CIGI in 2007 as a senior fellow, and in 2011 was acting director of the Global Development Program and chair of the China Research Group.

  • Jennifer Clapp

    Jennifer Clapp is the CIGI chair in Global Environmental Governance and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Her published work covers a range of topics at the interface of the global economy, food and the environment, including the politics of agricultural trade, food aid, agricultural biotechnology and the role of transnational corporations in global environmental and food governance.

  • John M. Curtis

    John M. Curtis’s research covers all aspects of international trade, with a recent focus on the relationship between trade and intellectual property, innovation and competitiveness. John was the founding chief economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also is an adjunct professor at Queen’s University and chair of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on International Trade.
  • John Whalley

    John Whalley is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. His research interests include G20 issues, globalization, Chinese policy issues and climate change negotiations. In addition to his work at CIGI, John is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Econometric Society, and co-director of the Centre for International Economic Relations at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a foreign fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

  • Jorge Braga de Macedo

    CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Braga de Macedo is a former minister of finance in Portugal and president of the OECD Development Centre. Having served on CIGI’s International Board of Governors, he is currently president of the Tropical Research Institute and professor and director of the Centre for Globalization and Governance at the Nova School of Business and Economics.

  • Manmohan Agarwal

    An experienced practitioner and scholar of global trade policy and economic governance, Manmohan Agarwal joined CIGI as a senior visiting fellow in 2008, following a long career at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. His current research focuses on the growth of emerging economies and their role within the world economy and international development.

  • Max Brem

    Max Brem is an adviser on publications development and an experienced editor who formerly headed up CIGI's publications and communications work. He is also associated with the York University Centre for Asian Research, and researches and writes on international political economy and global development topics.
  • Paul Heinbecker

    With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With CIGI since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Pierre Siklos

    Pierre Siklos is a CIGI senior fellow. His research interests include applied time series analysis and monetary policy, with a focus on inflation and financial markets. Pierre is a research associate at Australian National University’s Centre for Macroeconomic Analysis and a senior fellow at the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.

  • Rohinton P. Medhora

    Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.

  • Thomas A. Bernes

    Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. After a distinguished career in the Canadian public service and at leading international economic institutions, Tom was CIGI’s executive director from 2009 to 2012. He has held high-level positions at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Government of Canada. He became a distinguished fellow in 2012.