Every autumn, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosts its annual conference. This landmark event brings together accomplished researchers, policy makers, business leaders and journalists to define and debate issues of critical global importance and to identify innovative practices that can assist in meeting global challenges.
Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as a columnist on the Op-Ed page and continues as professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University. Mr. Krugman received his BA from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. He has taught at Yale, MIT and Stanford. At MIT, he became the Ford International Professor of Economics.
Mr. Krugman won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics and is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the "new trade theory," a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal, a prize given every two years to "that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge." Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises.
At the same time, Mr. Krugman has written extensively for a broader public audience. Some of his recent articles on economic issues, originally published in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American and other journals, are reprinted in Pop Internationalism and The Accidental Theorist.
Paul MartinThe Right Honourable Paul Martin was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada and the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montreal, Quebec from 1988 to 2008. Mr. Martin was sworn in as Finance Minister in November 1993 and he served in that role until June 2002.
As prime minister, from December 2003 to February 2006, Mr. Martin succeeded in negotiating a ten year, 41 billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times. He signed agreements with all provinces to establish a national early learning and child care program. As Canada's finance minister, in September l999, Mr. Martin was named inaugural chair of the G-20, an international group of finance ministers and Central Bank governors, composed of the G-7 nations and emerging market nations. He is respected internationally in part for his leadership working to forge a new global financial order.
Currently, Mr. Martin co-chairs, with Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, a $100 million poverty alleviation fund for the Congo Rainforest Basin. Domestically, he is leading a new initiative, in cooperation with local business communities and departments of education, designed to help Canadian Aboriginal youth complete high school.
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Dr. Roberto Unger was born and educated in Brazil and is the Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Unger’s work is directed to the reshaping of present institutions as well as to a re-orientation of our experience and a re-interpretation of our ideals. This transformative intention, animated by a committed interest in unrealized human opportunity, unifies his writing. His books published in English include: Knowledge and Politics; Law in Modern Society; Passion: An Essay on Personality; The Critical Legal Studies Movement; Politics: A Work in Constructive Social Theory (3 volumes); What Should Legal Analysis Become?; Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative; and The Future of American Progressivism.
Dr. Unger has long been active in Brazilian and Latin American politics, as a candidate, political activist, and as an advisor to world leaders. Dr. Unger received his B.A. from the Universidad Federal de Rio Janeiro, and he received his LL.M and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Jagdish BhagwatiJagdish Bhagwati, is a professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been Economic Policy Adviser to Arthur Dunkel, Director General of GATT (1991-93), Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization, and External Adviser to the WTO. He has served on the Expert Group appointed by the Director General of the WTO on the Future of the WTO and the Advisory Committee to Secretary General Kofi Annan on the NEPAD process in Africa, and was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group under the chairmanship of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the future of UNCTAD.
Professor Bhagwati has published more than three hundred articles and has authored or edited over fifty volumes; he also writes frequently for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times, as well as reviews for The New Republic and The Times Literary Supplement. A native of India, Professor Bhagwati attended Cambridge University where he graduated in 1956 with a first in Economics Tripos. He then continued to study at MIT and Oxford returning to India in 1961 as Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, and then as Professor of International Trade at the Delhi School of Economics. He returned to MIT in 1968, leaving it twelve years later as the Ford International Professor of Economics to join Columbia. He is married to Padma Desai, the Gladys and Ronald Harriman Professor of Comparative Economic Systems at Columbia University and a scholar of Russian and other former socialist countries' transition problems. They have one daughter, Anuradha Kristina.