© Charlotte Slente Charlotte Slente is the State Secretary for Development Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Denmark. Previously, 2011-13, she was Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation. Her career in the Danish foreign ministry began in 1997, working in a number of positions, including Ambassador to Bolivia during 2007-09. Ms Slente got her Master’s Degree in Economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
© Finn Tarp Finn Tarp is Director of UN University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki, Finland. He is also a professor of development economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen. He founded the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) in 1996, and since then has co-ordinated DERG’s extensive academic research and teaching activities alongside a large portfolio of externally funded development economics research and capacity-building projects. Professor Tarp has recently been appointed member of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) advising the Chief Economist of the World Bank.
© Caren Grown Caren Grown is Economist in Residence at American University in Washington, DC, where she teaches development economics and co-directs the Programme on Gender Analysis in Economics. Her research has focused on gender, macroeconomics and fiscal policy, measurement of gender equality, and the gender asset gap. From 2011-13, Professor Grown was Senior Gender Advisor at the US Agency for International Development, where she led the agency's efforts to integrate broader gender issues in foreign assistance. She is co-Principal Investigator of the Gender Asset Gap Project, funded by the Dutch MDG3 Fund, which conducted a large-scale household survey in Ecuador, Ghana, and India on all forms of physical and financial assets. She is also External Research Director of the ReCom Project theme of aid effectiveness and gender equality.
© Léonce Ndikumana Léonce Ndikumana is the Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 2011. He is also Director at the African Development Policy programme, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). Professor Ndikumana is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy during 2013-15. His research interests include a range of aspects concerning the economics and politics of Africa, such as capital flight, macroeconomic policies, financial intermediation, capital regimes, conflicts and civil wars and post-conflict reconstruction. 
© Kai Gehring Kai Gehring is Research Associate at the Chair of Prof. Dr Axel Dreher at the University of Heidelberg. Gehring is a member of the Research Training Group (RTG) Globalization and Development, at the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. His research interests include development economics and the political economy of international organizations, as well as the role of economic freedom, federalism and decentralization, and the economics of happiness.
© Mina Baliamoune-Lutz Mina Baliamoune-Lutz is Professor of Economics in the Coggin College of Business at University of North Florida (UNF). She holds an MBA and a PhD in Economics from Northeastern University. Her empirical work on the effect of policy and institutional reforms in Africa has received significant recognition internationally. She has contributed frequently to development research themes debated at the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, the United Nations Economic Conference on Africa, the African Development Bank and the European Report on Development. Currently, while on leave from UNF, Professor Baliamoune-Lutz works on Economic Transformation in Africa at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).
© Roger Williamson Roger Williamson is currently undertaking research on urban poverty and the Millennium Development Goals as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies.

From 1999-2010, Williamson organised nearly 80 sustainable development conferences at Wilton Park, the UK government's specialist international centre for policy dialogue. At Wilton Park, Roger Williamson strengthened the policy work on international development, climate change, sub-Saharan Africa and the Millennium Development Goals. Williamson has also worked at senior level within Christian Aid, the Church of England and other organisations, including being head-hunted as the first Director of the Life and Peace Institute in Sweden.

© Eugenia McGill Eugenia McGill is a Lecturer in International and Public Affairs and the Assistant Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She directs SIPA's workshop in development practice and teaches courses in methods for development practice and gender, politics and development. Her teaching and research interests include the social impacts of globalization and development interventions, gender mainstreaming in development organizations, and inclusive approaches to development planning, particularly in Asia.
© Malokele Nanivazo Malokele Nanivazo is a Research Fellow at UN University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Her research interest is on development economics with a particular focus on foreign aid, trade policies, gender equality, and conflicts. Nanivazo holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2011).
© Nilima Gulrajani Nilima Gulrajani is Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford. Previously, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gulrajani’s research interests include the effective organizational management of foreign aid.
© Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the current and first woman Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh, having previously served as the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh. Dr Chaudhury, of the ruling Awami (Bangladesh People's) League, has been a practicing lawyer for many years. Having been awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship, she gained her PhD in constitutional law in 2000 from the University of Essex, UK. She has conducted many human rights cases involving constitutional issues. Dr Chaudhury was one of the members of the lawyers’ panel in the cases filed against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2008-09.
© Attiya Inayatullah Attiya Inayatullah is President Emeritus of Pakistan’s Family Planning Association, Chairperson of Rehnuma (social development consultants), Director of Kashf (micro credit for women) and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pakistan. She has thrice served as Minister for Women’s Development, Population Planning and Social Welfare, and has been the country’s longest serving female parliamentarian with a record of initiating woman- and child-related legislation. A prominent sociologist, she obtained a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Boston University, and a PhD in social demography from the University of the Punjab.
© Khieu Serey Vuthea Khieu Serey Vuthea is Director-General for Social Development at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia. She is in charge of legal protection, women’s health and education. Ms Khieu Serey Vuthea, a medical doctor, is also Deputy-Chair of the gender-based violence working group under the Technical Working Group on Gender in Cambodia. Before taking up her position at the ministry in 2009 she was a reproductive health officer at the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA), an NGO, during 2002-09.
© Jasmine Gideon Jasmine Gideon is a Lecturer in Development Studies at Birkbeck College, London. Prior to moving to Birkbeck she worked at the University of Manchester and the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds. She has also carried out consultancies for a range of institutions including UNIFEM, DFID and the Ford Foundation. Her current research examines the linkages between globalization and health from a gender perspective and access to health care among female Latin American migrants in London.
© Nathalie Holvoet Nathalie Holvoet is a Lecturer at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp. She holds a PhD in economics from the same university. Her main areas of expertise are ‘monitoring and evaluation’ and ‘gender and development’. She is also involved in policy research and policy advisory work commissioned by the Belgian Directorate General for Development.
© Sirkku K. Hellsten Sirkku K. Hellsten is Professor of philosophy at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) at the Department of Political Science/Philosophy Unit. She is also Docent of Social and Moral Philosophy at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. Her research interests are development ethics, human rights, global and transitional justice, and African philosophy. Professor Hellsten is also currently the Lead Editor of the Journal of Global Ethics. She has also worked as the Counsellor for Governance at the Embassies of Finland in Nairobi and Maputo.
© Helle Munk Ravnborg Helle Munk Ravnborg is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Her research interests are focused on the governance of access to and use of natural resources, particularly land and water, in the context of poverty and inequality. She has co-ordinated a number of policy studies on different aspects of environmental and natural resource governance and development co-operation, e.g. on land tenure security and development in Uganda. She holds a PhD in social and environmental planning from Roskilde University Centre and has conducted field research in Nicaragua, Colombia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
© Cindy Clark Cindy Clark is the Acting Co-Executive Director for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), an international feminist membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. Her regular role is Director of Programs, and she was a lead researcher on AWID’s Where is the Money for Women’s Rights (WITM) initiative from its inception. Prior to joining AWID in 2007, she was a founding member of JASS (Just Associates), a global community of justice activists, scholars and popular educators. She also previously worked with Women, Law and Development International and with PARTICIPA, a Chilean NGO.
© Lucia Hanmer Lucia Hanmer is a lead economist in gender and development at the World Bank. Previously she was a senior economic advisor for the Economic Empowerment Section at UN Women, and a senior economic advisor in Chief Economist’s Office at the UK’s Department for International Development. She has also been the Country Representative for the World Bank in Guyana. Before moving into development policy she was a researcher at the UK’s Overseas Development Institute, and taught economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She has worked on growth diagnostics, poverty reduction strategies and the PRSP approach, growth, inequality and attaining the Millennium Development Goals, and gender and development. Much of her work has been on sub-Saharan Africa.
© Patti O’Neill Patti O’Neill has worked with the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate since 2004.  She coordinates the Directorate’s work on flexible and responsive policy advice and leads the work on gender equality and women’s rights, supporting the Development Assistance Committee’s Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET). Patti has led efforts to publish and analyse data generated by DAC’s gender equality marker which is a unique reporting tool for aid focussed on achieving gender equality. She has also been directly involved with the design of the post-Busan global gender equality indicator which assesses whether countries have systems in place to track and make public allocations for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
© Carolina Wennerholm Carolina Wennerholm is Senior Policy Specialist on Gender Equality at Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. She has more than 20 years of experience in development work with a gender perspective within the UN system and multilaterals, with Swedish development agencies (Sida, MSB, SADEV) as well as with civil society and as independent consultant. She has wide field experience from around 30 countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. She holds an MA in Gender Analysis in Development from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Sociology from the University of Växjö, Sweden, and has recently acquired deepened knowledge in environmental protection including climate change and Corporate Social Responsibility at Stockholm University’s Stockholm Resilience Centre.
© Tony Addison Tony Addison is Chief Economist and Deputy Director of the UN University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland. He was previously Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester; Executive Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), University of Manchester (from 2006-09); and Associate Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC).