Spring Meetings 2021: Featured Speakers at the World Bank Group Events

 

The 2021 World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings bring together the world’s top policymakers, academics, civil society leaders, business and youth to discuss issues of global concern.

This year’s Spring Meetings events will be held in a virtual format on April 5-11. All events and programs will stream daily on live.worldbank.org. Replays of sessions will also be available the day they air. Here’s everything you need to learn how to follow our activities.

During this week, tune in to our virtual events and programs with some of the biggest and brightest names in government, global development and thought leadership, who together with World Bank Group and IMF leadership and top experts, will discuss helping countries build a green and resilient recovery.

To view the full list of speakers, click here. You can also follow this Twitter list we’ve created to make it even a bit easier for you to connect with them.  

John Kerry

United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

On January 20, 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as the United States’ first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change.

 Appearing on: Key Green Transitions for People and Planet

Janet Yellen

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Janet Yellen is the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. An economist by training, she took office after almost 50 years in academia and public service. She is the first person in American history to have led the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the Federal Reserve, and the Treasury Department.

Appearing on: Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future

Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge 

Protecting the natural environment for future generations is one of Prince William’s key priorities. His Royal Highness has publicly supported initiatives to fund conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa, and has led key programs such as the United for Wildlife Financial and Transportation Taskforces to end illegal wildlife trafficking on a global scale.

 Appearing on: Key Green Transitions for People and Planet

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades.

Appearing on: COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

Appearing on: COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director General, World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the seventh Director-General of the WTO. She took office on 1 March 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General. Her term of office will expire on 31 August 2025.

Appearing on: COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

Melinda Gates

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ms. Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategy, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world.

Appearing on: Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future

Gunhild Stordalen

Founder and Executive Chair, EAT

Gunhild A. Stordalen is the founder and executive chair of EAT. She is a driving force in linking climate, health and sustainability issues across sectors to transform the global food system.

Appearing on: Key Green Transitions for People and Planet

Alok Sharma

COP26 President

Alok Sharma was appointed full-time President for COP 26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, on 8 January 2021. He was previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and President for COP 26 between 13 February 2020 and 8 January 2021.

Appearing on: Key Green Transitions for People and Planet

Seth Berkley

CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

A medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr Seth Berkley joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011, spearheading its mission to protect the world’s poorest children by improving access to new and underused vaccines.

Appearing on: COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries

 
 
 

 

 

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