Falling Commodity Prices: What it Means for Emerging Markets
Moderator: Javier Blas
Javier Blas is a Reporter-at-Large at Bloomberg News writing about the Energy and Commodities sectors. He is based in London. Previously, he wrote for nearly a decade for the Financial Times, where he was Africa Editor, Commodities Editor and Commodities Correspondent. Ealier, he wrote about the international economy for the Spanish business daily Expansion. Blas is a graduate of the University of Navarra, Spain, and studied at the University of Sheffield, UK. He regularly appears on CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.
Mr. David Lipton assumed the position of First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on September 1, 2011. He served as a Special Advisor to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund starting July 26, 2011 before assuming his duties as First Deputy Managing Director.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been Finance Minister of Nigeria since July 2011. She was Managing Director of the World Bank from 2007 to 2011. Between 2003 and 2006 she served as Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria. Previously, she served in a number of positions at the World Bank including Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Director of Operations in the Middle East and North Africa region, and Country Director for the South East Asia and Mongolia Country unit. She holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T.
Tony Venables is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford where he also directs the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. Former positions include Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, research manager of the trade research group in the World Bank, and advisor to the UK Treasury.
Mauricio Cardenas is the Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia. He worked in the economics investigation at World Bank and Fedesarollo. He began his career in the public sector as General Manager of the Bogotá´ Energy Company in 1993 and since then he has held important posts as minister of Economic Development (1994). In 1999 entered the National Planning Department, was Minister of Transport (1998). In 1999 the news network CNN and Time magazine selected him as one of the 'Leaders of the New Millennium'.
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