Achieving Economic Diversification in Low Income Countries

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Yanqing Yang


Yanqing Yang is Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Anchor of YICAI Media Group, Managing Director of YICAI Research institute,invited senior fellow at NIFD, and CPPCC member of Shanghai. Ms. Yang is a media leader and moderator at various events, including World Economic Forum, CDF, BOAOForum, Lujiazui Forum and IMF conferences. She holds a BA, MA and PhD in Economics from Fudan University. She was a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, USA. YICAI Media Group has been a media partner for the IMF’s Annual and Spring Meetings for six years.

Mame Khary Diène


Mame Khary Diène returned from Europe to Senegal in 2005 to start Bioessence Laboratories, a natural cosmetics and food supplements enterprise. Earlier this year, she started Biocondiments, a SME specialized in spices, teas and condiments. Mame, through her consultancy 3-Xpert (established in January 2015), is supporting woman empowerment and agricultural value chain sustainability by helping rural enterprises to scale up. Mame’s success as an entrepreneur and the social impact of her enterprise has been recognized on multiple occasions. She received the African Economy Builders award in 2016, ‘Excellence in Diaspora Entrepreneurship with Social and Environmental Impact' Award in 2015 from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the African Women Led Business Award by the Spanish Government, Femmes Africa Solidarité and Casa Africa in 2010. Mame Diene is the youngest member of the Presidential Council for Investment in Senegal and Vice-president in charge of Communications for the Women Entrepreneurs Union.

Luis Fernando Mejía

Luis Fernando

Luis Fernando Mejía, has been the Director of the National Planning Office of the Government of Colombia since May 2017. He was Deputy Director of the National Planning Office during 2014-17 and, prior to that, Director of Macroeconomic Policy at the Ministry of Finance. He also worked as a researcher at the central bank of Colombia (specializing in macroeconomics and international economics), at the Inter-American Development Bank and at the Department of Financial Stability at the central bank of Colombia. Mr. Mejía was professor of international macroeconomics and finance at the University of the Andes, Javeriana University, and the University of Chicago. He holds Master’s degrees in economics from the University of the Andes and the University of Chicago.

Arvind Subramanian


Arvind Subramanian is the Chief Economic Advisor to the government of India and senior fellow (on leave) at the Center for Global Development. He advises the Indian government in different capacities, including as a member of the Finance Minister's Expert Group on the G-20.He was Assistant Director in the Research Department of the IMF, served at the GATT, and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies. He has published widely in academic journals on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, China, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India; and his M.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK.

Abraham Tekeste


Abraham Tekeste is the Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia. Before his appointment as the Minister, he was a state Minister in the same Ministry. Prior to that he held various positions in government. He was the founding director of the Policy Research and Program Development of the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, where he led the drafting of various urban development and governance policies. He was also chief economic advisor to the Mayor of Addis Ababa between 2004 and 2006. Dr. Abraham started his career as a junior economist at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation. Before that he lectured economics and public policy in various universities in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD in economics.

Min Zhu


Min Zhu is the Chairman of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University, China. He is also a board trustee member at the World Economic Forum. Dr. Zhu was a Deputy Managing Director atIMF from July 2011 to July 2016. Before that, Dr. Zhu was a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, and prior to his service at China’s Central Bank, he servedas a Group Executive Vice Presidentof the Bank of China. Dr. Zhu also worked at the World Bank and taught economics at both Johns Hopkins University and Fudan University.Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D.and M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in economics from Fudan University.Dr. Zhu was awarded “China Economic Leader”in 2014, “Global Influential Chinese”in 2015, and“CFV-10 year Global Financial Leader”in 2016.

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