FDL launch conference | Recording

Published on: 01/07/22

By: Martin Kessler, 

On Thursday, June 30th, we had our inaugural launch conference


The first panel was a conversation moderated by Daniel Cohen, featuring:

  • World Trade Organization Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and
  • 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics Esther Duflo

Followed by an address by Kalpana Kochhar, Director of the Development Policy and Finance team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The second panel was a discussion about our first policy report, joint with the Economic Research Forum, to build an African Liquidity and Stability Mechanism, with

  • Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ed Brown,  Senior Director for Research & Policy Engagements at the African Council for Economic Transformation (ACET)
  • Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • and Brendan Harnoys-Vannier, Economist, FDL

The third panel introduce our China initiative, a collaborative space for discussion with think-tanks in China and in developing countries, moderated by FDL's Ishac Diwan and with:

  • Justin Lin (Beijing University)
  • Hannah Ryder (Development Reimagined)
  • Shang-Jin Wei (Columbia University)
  • and Jiajun Xu (Executive Deputy Dean of INSE-PKU, Member of the Executive Committee of Finance in Common Summit)


Finally, we had a short session introducing an initiative of former Finance Ministers, with FDL's co-foudner Hamouda Chekir and former FInance Minister of Mexico, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya