- 04/15/2015 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Sam Houston Hotel, Houston, TX
2015 ASFHG Humanitarian Award Honorees
Michael Walton has taught at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University since 2004, and has been visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, since 2007. He was VKRV Rao Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for 2008 and 2009, and visiting professor at the Delhi School of Economics in 2008. He previously worked for the World Bank, including on Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, as director of the 1995 World Development Report (WDR) on Labor, Chief Economist for East Asia, Director for Poverty Reduction and co-director of the 2006 WDR on Equity. Major publications include an edited volume on Culture and Public Action, the 2006 WDR itself and an edited book on equity and growth in Mexico. Current research is mainly on India, on rural education, inequality, the political economy of cities, corporate behaviour and the politics of state-society and state-business interactions. He has a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University.
Isabel Guerrero is an economist who has worked in development all her professional life. She started as a macroeconomist, designing policy reforms from the World Bank adjustment operations in Philippines, Morocco and the Former Soviet Union; she also wrote the World Bank’s first Poverty Report on the Philippines. Isabel was a manager in the Economic Development Institute, training government officials, parliamentarians and journalists on macroeconomics, decentralization and trade. Between 1997 and 2008, Isabel was a Country Director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and India. In that capacity she designed the World Bank Country Strategy for each of these countries, covering a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, social development, environment, private sector development, rural development and livelihood programs, the financial sector, macroeconomics and trade policy. In 2013, she retired from the WB after five years as Vice-President for the South Asia region where she managed a US$39 billion dollar portfolio, a US$150 million administrative budget and US$6 billion in Trust Funds. Isabel studied economics at Catholic University in Peru and at the London School of Economics. She studied psychoanalysis at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Peruvian Society for Psychoanalysis. She is co-founder of the non-profit IMAGO whose goal is to support grassroots organizations on scaling up.