ACADEMIC TRACK Opening plenary

Setting the future research and policy agenda on international investment and development
in partnership with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU_WIDER), Academy of International Business (AIB), Oxford University Press and New York University Abu Dhabi
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Academic Track
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WIF Virtual Platform, room 6
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18 October 2021
14:00 - 16:00 Europe/Zurich

For more than three decades, UNCTAD has contributed to advance thinking, policy analysis and technical assistance on foreign direct investment (FDI), the activities of multinational enterprise (MNEs), and international production. 2020 marked 30 years of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, each edition covering the latest trends in FDI globally, and analysing fundamental topics related to FDI and development.

The Academic Track is organized in collaboration with leading academic institutions and associations in disciplines related to investment and development. The track will consist of a series of events with the aim of providing a platform for discussions, as well as integrating research and opinions from leading scholars, researchers, executives from global companies and senior policymakers. The programme will cover issues related to foreign investment, MNEs and development in a global context, across multiple disciplines.


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Distinguished Professor, Management and Global Business Department at Rutgers Business School, and President of the Academy for International Business
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization and Senior Fellow PIIE
Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University, Former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank
Director, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research and Professor of development economics at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
Professor, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Vice Chancellor, New York University, Abu Dhabi
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Professor of Sociology and Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University
Professor of International Business, Leeds University Business School
Dean and the Edward I. Altman Professor of Credit and Debt Markets at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Professor of Economics at New York University and the Director of NYU Africa House, the Center for Technology and Economic Development, and Co-Director of the Development Research Institute


Chief of Investment Issues Section, Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD