BCDE8 Speakers

Carlos Végh

Keynote Speaker
World Bank
Chief Economist for Latin America

is the World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was the Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also served as Professor of Economics at UCLA and at the University of Maryland.

Sara Farley

Keynote Speaker
Global Knowledge Initiative
Chief Operating Officer

Sara is a co-founder of GKI. She built GKI from a concept to an organization serving more than 60 countries. Prior to founding GKI, Sara spent a decade as an innovation strategist for the World Bank and other donor and development organizations, including UNIDO and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Andres Fernandes

Invited Speaker
Reserach Economist
Inter-American Development Bank

Andrés Fernández is a research economist in the Research Department at the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. His main research agenda focuses on building, calibrating and estimating dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models for emerging economies to study the sources of business cycles in Latin American economies.

Juan Vargas

Invited Speaker
Research Economist
CAF-Development Bank of Latin America

Juan Vargas is a research economist in the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and held various academic and scholar positions in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. His research focuses on the political economy of conflict and the economic determinants of crime and violence.