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James Wolfensohn

President, The World Bank (1995-2005)

A legendary figure in global finance, James Wolfensohn's understanding of the global economy—specifically emerging markets—is unparalleled.

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Global Economy and Development Challenges of the 21st Century

Drawing on his two terms as president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn explores the tectonic global economic shifts in the coming decades, their repercussions for the global economy and why they matter. With dignity and focus, he presents the development challenges faced by middle and low-income countries, based on his extensive travel to more than 130 nations in the last ten years. Wolfensohn focuses on how to manage economic growth to benefit not just the rising economic powerhouses like India and China, but also lagging and impoverished regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa, to create a more equitable world. Wolfensohn speaks on specific poverty-related challenges in areas of health, education and employment as well as looking at the impact of interventions such as micro finance, school reforms and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Peace and Stability in the Middle East

At the request of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn recently served as special envoy for Gaza Disengagement. Drawing from his unique experience, Wolfensohn explores trends in the Middle East and prospects for peace and stability in the region as he shares his program for economic resurgence in Palestine.

The Role of the Private Sector in Poverty Reduction

James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president and international financial adviser, combines his expertise in business and development to present how the private sector can contribute to development. He describes the changing environment in which business is increasingly finding itself; an environment defined by opportunities for growth in developing countries. Wolfensohn believes that the private sector will be one of most important forces of prosperity and wealth generation in developing countries. How should companies see their role and responsibilities in developing countries? How should they respond to expectations to go beyond profit seeking? Wolfensohn explores how companies can blend economic and social value in their quest for profit.

Meet James Wolfensohn

A legendary figure in global finance, James Wolfensohn's understanding of the global economy—specifically emerging markets—is unparalleled.

During his ten years as president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn traveled to more than 120 nations to meet government, business and community leaders. He acted on his commitment to get developing nations on the economic grid by advancing the causes of education, basic health care, environment and stability. Scanning the global market from India and China, to South America, the New Europe and Africa, Wolfensohn looks at the challenges and opportunities created by the global economy. Wolfensohn is currently head of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, a private investment firm and advisory that provides strategic consulting advice to governments and large corporations doing business in emerging market economies. He founded The Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The Center examines how development initiatives can be successfully implemented, managed and sustained in order to solve key development challenges at national, regional and global levels. He is the author of an autobiography entitled A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank (October, 2010).

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