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Robert Kopech

Former Vice President and Group Chief Risk Officer, World Bank

Robert Kopech previously served as vice president and group chief risk officer at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank he spent 16 years with Oliver Wyman, where he was a vice chairman and managing director and a lead developer of the Corporate Risk Practice. He also founded and led, for ten years, the firm’s Global Emerging Markets Practice. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at J.P. Morgan in a variety of senior positions in Emerging Markets ranging from portfolio management to sovereign debt trading to corporate finance and risk management.

Speech: U.S. & China: Economy and Interaction in a Global Context

Jeffrey Sachs

Economist; Advisor to three United Nations Secretary-Generals

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.”

He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on both the Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals.

Speech: The Challenge of Sustainable Development in China and the United States

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Opening Ceremony

Sep 15 (Fri) 18:30 pm - 20:00pm

International Affairs Building 417, Columbia University