Academic track (session IV)

in partnership with AIB, Graduate Institute-CFD, CEPR, NYU, UNU-WIDER, SIEL, CCSI
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Session Themes
Academic Track
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Hall 2 Room 7
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19 October 2023
11:30 - 12:30 Abu Dhabi

The WIF 2023 Academic Track is organized in partnership with leading academic institutions and associations in disciplines related to investment and development. The track includes a series of thematic events (elsewhere on the programme) integrating research and ideas from leading scholars, researchers, executives from global companies and senior policymakers. It will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to foreign investment, MNEs and development, including themes such as the energy transition, sustainable infrastructure, FDI and women empowerment, SME internationalization, and industry 4.0 and the future of global investment.

11:30 - 12:30 International Economics and Development: FDI and Gender Equality

FDI is associated with multiple benefits for the receiving country and its population, but benefits are not gender equal. 

  • How can FDI translate into gender-equitable benefits? 
  • Which policies can enable or challenge gender equity in FDI host countries? 
  • What type of FDI and investment policies impact equitable employment and wage opportunities?

In this session, leading academics and practitioners will provide their research insights and views on these questions.


Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Adjunct Associate Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi and Research Affiliate, Centre for Behavioral Institutinal Design
Coordinator, Gender in Employment Group (EMP/GENDER), Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch (EMPLAB), International Labour Office (ILO)
Associate Professor of Economics, City University of New York
Head of Secretariat, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), The World Bank Group