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CID Speaker Series Seminar
Every other Friday during the semester, CID hosts the Speaker Series Seminar, where academics and practitioners of development from various disciplines and organizations speak on current development issues, followed by a Q&A session. The core audience is masters-level students at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), although all students are welcome. Students are encouraged to play an active role in selecting and inviting seminar speakers. For seminar schedule updates, subscribe to Weekly Events Email. Contact Sarah Lattrell with questions.

Fall 2021 Virtual Speaker Series
Date Speaker Talk Title
September 17, 2021 Philippe Aghion, Professor at College de France, at INSEAD, and at the London School of Economics

Rethinking Capitalism Post-Covid: The Power of Creative Destruction

October 1, 2021

Dianne Calvi, President and CEO,  Village Enterprise

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Evidence to Drive Poverty Alleviation

October 15, 2021

Andrew Stern,  Founder and CEO,  Global Development Incubator

Moderated by Brian Trelstad, Harvard Business School

Creating Impact at a Global Scale for Development


October 29, 2021

Co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School 


Latanya Mapp Frett, President, Global Fund for Women

Why Feminist Funding is Crucial for Development

November 12, 2021

Seema Jayachandran, Economist & Professor of Economics, Northwestern University

Social Norms as a Barrier to Women's Employment in Developing Countries

December 3, 2021

Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer,  Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Moderated by  Eliana Carranza, Senior WorldBank Economist and Harvard Kennedy School Professor


December 10, 2021

Mariaflavia Harari, Assistant Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Moderated by  Gordon Hanson, Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Cities and Slums Through Spatial Data

Spring 2021 Virtual Speaker Series
Date Speaker Talk Title
January 29, 2021 Michael Clemens & Thomas Ginn, Center for Global Development

Global Mobility & the Threat of Pandemics: Evidence from Three Centuries

February 12, 2021

Philippe Le Houérou, former CEO, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Moderated by Shawn Cole, Professor, Harvard Business School

Transformation of the International Finance Corporation

February 26, 2021 Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

COVID-19 and Nutrition: Crisis and Opportunity

March 12, 2021 Alix Peterson Zwane, CEO Global Innovation Fund

The Honesty Agenda: Effective Assistance, Women's Empowerment, and the SDGs in a Post-COVID World

March 26, 2021

Sarah Rose & Erin Collinson, Center for Global Development (CGD)

Asim I. Khwaja & Dani Rodrik, Center for International Development (CID), Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by Rema Hanna, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Panel Discussion: Establishing USAID as a Leader in Evidence-Based Foreign Aid

April 9, 2021 Priyadarshani Joshi, Senior Project Officer (Research), UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report

The Effects of COVID-19 on Education Systems: Insights from the Global Education Monitoring Report

April 23, 2021

Tara Vishwanath, Nadini Krishnan, Paul Andres Corral Rodas, and Daniel Gerszon Mahler, World Bank, Poverty & Equity Global Practice

Fragility & Conflict: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Poverty

April 30, 2021

Kate Raworth, Economist & Co-Founder of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab

When the Doughnut Meets the City: Can We Create Regenerative and Distributive Local Economies?

Fall 2020 Virtual Speaker Series
Date Speaker Talk Title
September 11, 2020 Neil Levine, Former Director of USAID's Center of Excellence from Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

Building the Development Professional for the 21st Century

September 18, 2020 Amanda Beatty, Senior Researcher, Mathmatica

Combining Community-Driven Development with Nutrition and Sanitation Training to Reduce Stunting

September 21-25, 2020 GEM Week - No Speaker Series Event
October 2, 2020 Ananish Chaudhuri, Professor of Experimental Economics at the University of Auckland

The Dual Evolutionary Foundations for Political Idealogy

October 9, 2020 Georgy Gray Molina, Chief Economist at UNDP

A Temporary Basic Income for Developing Countries

October 16, 2020 Michele Ruta, Lead Economist of the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Global Practice of the World Bank Group

Belt & Road Economics: Opportunities & Risks of Transport Corridors

October 23, 2020

Neil Gregory, IFC Chief Thought Leadership Officer

Moderated by Shawn Cole, Harvard Business School Professor & CID Affiliate

Bringing Credibility, Discipline & Transparency to Impact Investing

October 30 & November 6, 2020 No Speaker Series Events  
November 13, 2020 Asim I. Khwaja, Director of the Center for International Development

A Proposal for a Data-Responsive & Graded Approach to COVID-19

November 20, 2020 Jenny Perlman & Molly Curtiss, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

The Millions Learning Project: Scaling Quality Education to Children & Youth

November 27, 2020 No Speaker Series - Thanksgiving Break   
December 4, 2020 Carolina Sanchez-Paramo, Global Director, Poverty & Equity Global Practice, World Bank

Emerging Evidence on Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Households