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December 2018

Designing Climate-Smart Agriculture Policies: What Role for Modeling by Massoud Moussavi and Luis Crouch

December 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
MC 6-860

Speakers: 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…

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January 2019

Remembering Don Strombom: A Pioneer in the Bank’s Urban Sector by the Urban and Water Thematic Group

January 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Room J 1-050

Chair: Praful Patel The Urban & Water TG is pleased to invite you to a gathering in honor of Donald Strombom (August 17th 1931-September 5th 2018). Attendees will be invited to share memories of their association with Don. Don passed away in Venice on September 5th. He was a remarkable person, wise and caring leader, and for those fortunate to work with him, a kind mentor and friend. Don’s affection for the countries and his dedication to the mission inspired all around him. Don…

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The Ali Baba Way: E-Commerce and Poverty Alleviation in China by Dr. Ying Lowrey

January 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
MC 7-860

Speaker: Dr. Ying Lowrey is deputy director and professor at Tsinghua University Research Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs and a member of the Academic Committee of Alibaba Group Research Institute. Her teaching and research interests include economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the internet and platform economy; the internet platform companies’ functionality of public good and social common capital; the role of modern monopoly companies in the macroeconomy, modern microfinancial market, business demographics, characteristics of business owners, and the role of…

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“WBG’s Support for Crisis Preparedness & Structural Transformation”

January 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC 4-300, World Bank Main Complex

The outlines of these studies have been discussed with the Chief Economist's Council, and Shanta Deverajan suggested that the studies might benefit from discussion with the 1818 Society.  Since we have always been interested in developing better links between the 1818 and ongoing Bank work, we have agreed to host a brainstorming session on these topics. The idea would be a brief 10-15 presentation by each of the task team leaders (TTLs), followed by up to 30 minutes of discussion.…

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Water & Food Security Under Multiple Transitions by Uma Lele

January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
MC C1-200

Speakers: Uma Lele: She has an MS and PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University. She is President Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, affiliated with the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She has more than four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis, and evaluation, a major part of it acquired working in the World Bank in various capacities (1971-2006) in Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has taught at Cornell University and the University…

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Estate Planning Seminar: Preserving Assets and Avoiding Probate

January 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 13-121

Speaker: Leigh-Alexandra Basha, Partner at the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery. Speaker Bio: Leigh specializes domestic and international estate and tax planning, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, tax compliance, as well as business succession, expatriation and pre-immigration planning. Leigh is head of the firm’s Washington, DC, Private Client Practice Group. She lectures and has written extensively about international estate and tax planning issues, and is editor of A Guide to International Estate Planning: Drafting, Compliance,…

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February 2019

Investing in Indian Financial Markets- Prospects and Challenges

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 4-300, World Bank Main Complex

Speakers: Dr. Ajay Chibber, Chief Economic Advisor, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Gijo Joseph, President and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Inc, New York. Dr. Chibber will discuss recent macro-economic development and provide an overview of Indian financial sector based on his recent publication. Mr. Joseph will provide an overview of the Indian capital markets and discuss investment opportunities and risks/rewards of portfolio investment in India. Ajay Chhibber is Chief Economic Advisor, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Visiting Scholar at the…

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A Transformational Strategy in Chile to Accelerate a Greener Energy Future

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC 6-860

Speakers: Ricardo Manuel Falu: CEO of AES Gener, Chile Bernerd da Santos: Executive Vice-President and COO of AES Gener, Chile Chair: Michael Gillette, 1818 Society Member Abstract: AES has been in Chile since 2000.  Over a period of almost two decades, it has invested extensively in power generation and transmission, investments that include hydro, wind and solar, decommissioning of coal plants, battery energy storage systems, and a major interconnection between Chile and Argentina. It is currently the owner of more than…

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Landscape Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
J 6-050

A group of former World Bank staff has been working on issues in India’s agriculture, at the policy and program levels, to promote growth in the country’s agriculture.  As a part of this mission, Ramesh Deshpande had an opportunity to work in one of the states of India, namely Madhya Pradesh, on its climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and prepare a pilot project on the subject.  The Group explored, for the first time in India, the use of “landscape…

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U.S. Federal Income Taxes and Foreign Financial Asset Reporting

February 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
WBG Main Complex, Conference Room MC 2-800

Speaker:  Mr. Mishkin Santa, J.D., LL.M, TEP, International Tax Director, The Wolf Group, P.C., Global Financial Services, Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA (Website: www.thewolfgroup.com) Topics of Discussion:  The seminar will focus in particular on: (i) the recently enacted new U.S. tax law and how it may affect personal income taxes in 2019 and beyond; (ii) the preparation of the 2018 U.S. Federal individual income tax return (Form 1040 and related forms); (iii) how to report the Bank SRP pension as…

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