Massoud Moussavi (PhD, Computer Science) worked for more than 20 years at the World Bank where he developed frameworks and models to estimate the impact and effectiveness of various policy options in a range of topics from education planning to risk assessment in banking to agriculture. He has also been a Resident Scholar at the American University, and a Visiting Scientist (2001-2004) at Schlumberger Cambridge Research, the UK-based research center of Schlumberger, an international oil and gas services company. In 2008 he founded Causal Links, a company dedicated to inform and improve decision making in social development fields through the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Luis Crouch is a Senior Economist at RTI’s International Development Group. Though he got his PhD in agricultural economics from Berkeley (1981), most of his professional life has been spent in other sectors. He specializes in education policy, decentralized finance (e.g., funding formulas), political economy of reform, education statistics, planning, and projections. He has experience in all key areas of policy analysis, from the generation of primary data, to statistical and econometric analysis, to Cabinet-level policy dialogue. He has previously worked at the World Bank and at the Global Partnership for Education. He has worked closely on South Africa’s education sector funding reforms and more recently Egypt’s decentralization experiments, as well as decentralization and other policy reforms in Peru and Indonesia.
Chair: Martien van Nieuwkoop is Director in the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice. In this capacity, he provides leadership and global oversight to the agriculture sector dialogue, portfolio management, and partnership relationships, covering a wide range of issues, including food security and food safety; agricultural productivity and competitiveness; agribusiness and post-harvest value-addition; and climate resilient agriculture. Prior to his current position, he has held numerous managerial and leadership positions covering the Bank’s engagement on agriculture in Africa, Latin-America and South Asia.
Dorte Verner (PhD Economics) is a Lead Economist in the Food and Agriculture Global Practice, the World Bank. Previously, Dorte was the Principal Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she led the global evaluation of IDB’s climate related interventions for a decade. She also served as the Climate Coordinator in the World Bank’s MENA Region, and led the Latin America and the Caribbean region’s work on the Socioeconomic Implications of Climate Change.
Shawki Barghouti has extensive experience in agriculture with many international organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and the World Bank. He held various positions at the World Bank including irrigation advisor and Division Chief for agriculture and water for South Asia, Chief of the Agricultural Technology and Water and Natural Resources Division, advisor for the agricultural and water portfolio, and the science and technology advisor to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Bank. He has also been the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai.