Inequality: Managing the Impact of Globalization and Technology

IMF Seminar

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DATE: October 7, 2016

DAY: Friday

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

Friday, October 7 AT 10 45 AM

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A growing gap in economic opportunity has brought inequality to the center of the global political debate. How can policymakers facilitate adjustment and adaptation of the workforce to rapid globalization and technological change?  What is the best way to reward innovation and skills to ensure the gains from technology and globalization are shared more broadly? What has worked to narrow the gap, and what should be the focus of new policies to promote equality?

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Moderator: Martin Wolf


Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism.” Mr. Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia), and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham.
As of September 2016

Tao Zhang


Tao Zhang is Deputy Managing Director of the IMF. He was Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) prior to joining the Fund. Over the course of his career, he has held various senior positions at the PBOC, including as Director General of the Legal Affairs Department, Director General of the Department of Financial Survey and Statistics, and Director General of the International Department. He also served as Executive Director for China at the IMF. 

As of April 2017

Mauricio Cárdenas


Mauricio Cárdenas is Colombia's Minister of Finance and Public Credit, and former Minister of Mines and Energy. From 2008 to 2011, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He has also served as Colombia’s Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Transport, and Director of the National Planning Department.

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David Mark Rubenstein

David Mark

David Mark Rubenstein is an American financier and philanthropist best known as co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment company based in Washington, D.C. He is also currently serving as chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and chairman of the board of trustees at Duke University, his alma mater.

As of September 2016

Tharman Shanmugaratnam


Tharman Shanmugaratnam has served as Deputy Prime Minister in the Singapore Cabinet since May 2011. He was also appointed Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in October 2015. He served as Minister for Finance from 2007- 2015 and Minister for Education from 2003-2008. He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator. He was Chairman of the IMFC, the policy steering committee of the IMF, from 2011-2015, and was its first Asian chair. 

As of September 2016

Laura Tyson


Laura Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002-2006 and as Dean of Berkeley-Haas from 1998-2001. Tyson was a member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996).