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February 2019

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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Trekking in the Himalayas: a discussion with Rabi Thapa, CEO, Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. on 1818 Society treks in Nepal and Tibet

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
MC 7-860

Sacred Summits has organized treks and cultural tours for the 1818 Society in Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (PRC) over the past four years. The session will include a presentation by Maryvonne Plessis-Fraissard on the 1818 Hiking Club trek to Annapurna and Upper Mustang in September 2018. This will be followed by a brief presentation and discussion on the trek to Nepal and Tibet planned for June 2019. The session will provide an opportunity for members to learn about and ask…

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Global Action for Education Progress and the Education Workforce Initiative

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Ju-Ho Lee, former Minister of Education of South Korea and now Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management Moderator: Helen Abadzi, Researcher, University of Texas at Arlington; 1818 Society Member Click here to join the meeting Meeting number (access code) : 735 239431 Meeting password: 7DePQNpu

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Do Constitutions Matter in the 21st  Century? 

February 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Frank Vibert, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Discussants: Professor Mark Graber, Regents Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Maryland and Ms. Georgia Harley, Justice Reform Specialist, Global Governance Practice. Synopsis: We are pleased to invite you to a talk about what roles constitutions will, can and should play in countering emerging nationalistic and autocratic global tendencies. Frank Vibert, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, will address these questions drawing on his latest…

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March 2019

The Crisis of Western Democracy: Implications for International Institutions by Edward Luce, Financial Times

March 11 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The event will be Livecast.  Click here to view. Speaker: Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator, Financial Times Synopsis: In his insightful and harrowing new book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce issues a chilling warning: “Western liberal democracy is not yet dead, but it is far closer to collapse than we may wish to believe. It is facing its gravest challenge since the Second World War”. Western democracies, he suggests, face a long-term crisis of governance caused by cratering…

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Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement in World Bank operations: Closing the Gap Between Promise and Reality

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MC 4-300, World Bank Main Complex

Chair: Mr. Anis Dani, 1818 Society Key Note: Ms. Elena Bardasi, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank Discussants: Ms. Saki Kumagai, Global Governance Practice Mr. Vinay Bhargava, Partnership for Transparency A panel discussion on results and future directions of the World Bank’s citizen and engagement strategies introduced in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The progress in implementing the citizen engagement strategy was recently evaluated by the Independent Evaluation Group of the Bank. Mr. Anis Dani, convener of the Social and Environment Thematic…

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Developing “Smart Cities”

March 20 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
MC 11-500

Speaker: Vijay Jagannathan. Vijay will speak about what he has learned about smart cities but still hasn’t figured out how to operationalize. Speaker Bio: Vijay is currently Secretary General of Citynet, a network of cities and partner agencies in Asia and also a member of an advisory team to Chengdu.  He also leads a World Resources Institute effort promoting low carbon cities on the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Zone financed by the Asian Development Bank. Vijay retired from the…

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Refocusing Transport from Mobility to Accessibility

March 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
MC 8-736

Speaker: Jeffrey Gutman.  Jeff retired from the World Bank in 2010 after 31 years including his final position as Vice President for OPCS.  He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings and has focused on the issue of urban accessibility and spatial inequity. Synopsis:  While accessibility, the ability to reach key opportunities (employment, commercial and social), is not a new concept, our ability to measure it through new database technologies is challenging more traditional measures of mobility and enhancing…

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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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