The Wilmette Institute’s Sunday, July 23, Web Talk will feature Augusto Lopez-Claros, the Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group. He will be speaking on “The Emergence of Global Institutions.” The Web Talk will begin at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT, 8 p.m. Western European time). To sign up for the talk, click here. The talk will also be available on Facebook and YouTube without signing up. The talk and the questions and answers following the talk will be available on the Wilmette Institute YouTube channel some twenty-four hours after the live presentation.
Dr. Lopez-Claros states that the “present international institutions are clearly inadequate to the challenges of a globalized world hitting planetary limits” and asks the question, “What transformations are needed to make global governance more effective, and how might the transition be organized?” His presentation, which draws on insights from the writings of Shoghi Effendi, will share institutional, legal, and environmental perspectives on the characteristics required for international institutions in the twenty-first century and some of the steps necessary to put them into place.
Augusto Lopez-Claros is the Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, the department responsible for the Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s.
Before joining the IMF, Lopez-Claros was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chile in Santiago. He was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a much-sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think tanks. In 2007 he was a coeditor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He was the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2009–2010: Strengthening Innovation for the Prosperity of Nations, published by Palgrave in November 2009. More recent publications include: “Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015) and “Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014).