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World Bank, Hertie School

Leonardo Iacovone

Leonardo Iacovone is Lead Economist at the World Bank and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Hertie School. His area of research expertise include development economics, business dynamics, productivity, entrepreneurship, innovation, trade and youth unemployment, with a special focus on policy evaluation. His research has been published in numerous renowned journals such as Science, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, World Development, etc

University of Edinburgh

Gbenga Ibikunle

Gbenga is a Professor of Finance at the University of Edinburgh, the Director for Industry, Economy and Society at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, the Deputy Scientific Director at the European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Pescara and a Research Fellow at the RoZetta Institute in Sydney. His research interests include market microstructure, asset pricing, financial econometrics, financial technology/innovation and the application of machine learning and AI in finance.

Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University

Guto Ifan

Guto Ifan is part of the Wales Fiscal Analysis (WFA) programme within Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. His research interests include public finances, fiscal policy, and tax devolution. The WFA programme regularly publishes commentary and analysis on the Welsh Government budget and the Welsh economy.

University of Warwick

Clément Imbert

Clément Imbert is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. He was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Nuffield College. His areas of research are development economics, labor economics and public economics. His current research focuses on internal migration in Brazil, China and India. He also studies social protection and tax compliance in Ethiopia, India, Belgium and France.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Dave Innes

Dave leads the Economics team at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. Dave’s work focuses on making work a route out of poverty, and at JRF he has worked on the labour market, industrial strategy, productivity and cities. Dave previously worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and before that spent two years in the Rwandan civil service.

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), Monash University

Asad Islam

Asad Islam is the director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) and a professor of economics at Monash University. His recent research focuses on social networks, education and health, gender, and technology adoption in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. He is currently collaborating with leading NGOs, economists, and public health researchers to address a number of emerging challenges on covid19 issues.