Program and speakers

Program

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Keynote speakers

Tanya Plibersek MP
Federal Member for Sydney, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Tanya Plibersek is the Federal Member for Sydney, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. She previously served in both the Rudd and Gillard Governments as Minister for Health, Minister for Human Services and Minister for Housing. Ms Plibersek delivered the opening address at the Conference.

Robin Davies
Associate Director, Development Policy Centre, and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Australian National University

Robin Davies is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University and is Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre. He heads Devpolicy’s program of research into global development policy. He was previously a member of AusAID’s senior executive service for a decade, both in Australia and overseas. Most recently he headed AusAID’s international programs and partnerships division. His policy and research interests include multilateral cooperation for development, development and climate change financing models and public-private partnerships for development. Robin Davies delivered a keynote address on the future of aid.

Barbara McPake
Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health

Barbara McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research and the incoming Director of the Nossal Institute. Prior to taking up her position at Nossal, Professor McPake was Director of the Institute for International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She has 25 years experience in these areas based in three UK university departments. Professor McPake delivered a keynote address on health & aid.

International speakers

Heng Chou
Director General - Department of Policy and Development Assistance Coordination, Council for Development of Cambodia, Royal Government of Cambodia

Mr Heng Chou has been with the Council for the Development of Cambodia of the Royal Government of Cambodia since 2004 and became a director general overseeing the division of policy and development assistance coordination in 2014. Prior to that, he was appointed, in 2007, assistant vice-chair of the Supreme National Economic Council, an elite policy think-tank attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, a position he still serves until now. Mr Chou presented on a high level panel on recipient perspectives on aid.

Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães
Chief of Staff to the President of Timor Leste

Mr Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães is Chief of Staff to the President of Timor Leste. He assists the President in the formulation of and implementation of political priorities, and coordinates with Minister of Foreign Affairs the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. Mr Magalhães presented on a high level panel on recipient perspectives on aid.

Gulshan Sachdeva
Professor, School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Chairperson, Centre for European Studies & Director, Energy Studies Programme

Gulshan Sachdeva is Professor at the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is Chairperson of the Centre for European Studies and also Director of the Energy Studies programme at SIS. As a Regional Cooperation Adviser, he headed ADB and The Asia Foundation projects at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul (2006-2010). Professor Sachdeva spoke on Indian aid to Afghanistan, as part of our special panel on Indian aid.

Prabodh Saxena
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Lao PDR, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan Asian Development Bank

Mr Prabodh Saxena is currently Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Lao PDR, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan at the Asian Development Bank. He formerly served as Joint Secretary in the Bilateral Cooperation Division of the Department of Economic Affairs in India’s Ministry of Finance. The position charged Mr Saxena with bilateral relations and dialogues with India’s major partners, including issues of economic diplomacy.

Mr Saxena previously served as Secretary Home and Vigilance cum Director Vigilance to the Government of Himachal Pradesh, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of HIMURJA (Himachal Energy Development Agency). He has also held the posts of Deputy Commissioner of Kangra and Mandi. He is a regular faculty member at Lal Bhadhur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun, National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur, National Audit and Accounts Academy in Shimla, and various other institutions. In addition, he has published extensively in renowned academic journals on diverse topics ranging from conflict resolution to cost-evaluation analysis of overseas development assistance. His recent publications include Access Age (2009) and Human Rights & Social Security: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges (2011). Mr Saxena spoke on Indian export credits, as part of our special panel on Indian aid.

Qiangwu Zhou
Executive Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center Beijing Office,MOF, China

Qiangwu Zhou is Executive Deputy Director-General of Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) Beijing Office, the Ministry of Finance, China. Under his leadership, AFDC Beijing Office, a think tank of the MOF, provides strategic and overarching policy advice on global and domestic economic issues. Before working in AFDC Beijing Office, he has served in the budgetary departments and the International Department in the Ministry of Finance for over 15 years, during which he was assigned to work in the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and Chinese ED’s Office in the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. He has several publications under his name on the international and domestic economy. He holds a Master Degree of Law from Peking University, China.

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