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April 2019

East Asian Capital Markets- An Example of China

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
MC 6-860

Speakers: Dr. Sergio Schmukler, the Lead Economist of the Development Research Group at the World Bank Dr. Eugenio Cerutti, Assistant to the Director at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund Development of domestic capital markets has been given a high priority in the World Bank Group with the creation of the Joint Capital Markets Program (J-CAP) in February 2019 to develop a comprehensive capital market development program for member countries. This initiative is a recognition of the fact…

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Impact Investing

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
MC 7-860

Speakers: Mike Lubrano, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Corporate Governance and Sustainability, of Cartica Management, LLC. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. The firm is majority women-owned and a registered investment advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As of December 31, 2018, Cartica had US$2.6 billion of assets under management. He will speak on Active Ownership in Emerging Markets: the ESG angle. Robert Webster, Managing Direct at SEAF, an impact fund manager.  SEAF is an investment management group based in Washington,…

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May 2019

Lessons in Leadership: What oral history tells us about McNamara’s approach to running the World Bank

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 3-220

Speaker: John Heath, a Bank staff member from 1990 to 2015, has recently completed, on behalf of the World Bank Group Archives, a special oral history project on the McNamara years at the Bank, interviewing over 60 persons who lived out part or all of their Bank career under his tenure. On May 8, John will present the first of a series of planned papers. This first paper offers a detailed examination of the various attributes that made McNamara an…

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1818 Society “Meet and Greet”

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
I (Eye) 2-250

Please join us to a “Meet and Greet” to mingle with our fellow members, volunteers, and 1818 Society Management Committees.  A light buffet lunch will be served.  Please RSVP on or before April 30th by clicking here.

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A Roadmap for Housing Policies in China

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
MC 7-370

Speaker: Bertrand Renaud. His presentation is based on a recently published book he co-authored, "The International Housing Experience and its Implication for China (Routledge, April 2019).  Bertrand Renaud was advisor on urban affairs and housing finance at the World Bank.  He started working extensively in China in 1988. Webex: Join Using Webex RSVP:  Click Here: If you plan to attend in person or by Webex

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Retiree Medical Insurance: What You Need to Know

May 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Room J 1-050

Presenter:  Sharon Puckett Join us for an overview to the World Bank Group retiree medical insurance program and learn how the 1818 Society works to safeguard your medical benefits. If you have questions about WBG retiree medical benefits, are confused how Medicare works with medical insurance, or uncertain whom to contact with questions, this session is for you. Click Here if you plan to attend.

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World Bank Agriculture in the 1970s: Smallholders, Increased Agriculture Lending and the Unfinished Debate on Integrated Rural Development

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
World Bank Library Room MC C3-220

Many of the debates initiated in the 1970s on rural development, rural poverty alleviation and agricultural development linger on, more than 40 years later.  This session will give us an opportunity to hear Leif Christoffersen who was in a leadership position at the birth of these debates and has followed them since. The presentation and discussion are part of an on-going, year-long effort by the 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development Thematic Group to produce a “history of ideas on…

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June 2019

The Current Status of Transport Lending in the Bank

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 3-570

Speaker: Arturo Ardila-Gomez, Lead Transport Economist - World Bank Speaker Bio: Arturo is a Lead Transport Economist in the World Bank’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice. He co-leads the Urban Mobility Global Solutions Group at the Bank. He oversees a portfolio of transport projects and research activities in China. He provides overall technical support to projects for all regions in the Bank on issues such as financing, fare collection, political economy of reform, and the role of disruptive technologies. He has…

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Let’s Talk About Cancer Support Groups

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
J B1-080

Hosted by the Staff Association Healthy Staff Working Group in partnership with the Health & Safety Directorate. Experts and Colleagues share their Experience and Testimonials.

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Water AidAmerica

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC 4-300

A presentation by 1818 Society Urban & Water TG on WaterAid America (WAA), one of the seven members of the WaterAid International Federation. Since 1981 WaterAid has helped almost 26 million people around the world gain access to clean water. WaterAid is well known to many of us and Bank colleagues have collaborated with the organization in supporting governments improve WASH services for communities around the world.  In addition to supporting WaterAid’s global programs, and advocating for water, sanitation and…

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