Christina Bodouroglou joined the WESS team as Associate Economic Affairs Officer in May 2010. Prior to this role she served as an Economist in the UK Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. She has further undertaken analytical work in the fields of maritime, financial and energy economics. Christina graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, holds an MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and is currently studying law, part-time, at the London College of Law. Her academic interests include economic development; gender economics; HIV/AIDS; agriculture and climate change; human rights; and international law.
Nazrul Islam is currently a Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the UN-DESA. Previously he taught economics at Harvard, Emory, Dhaka, and Kyushu universities. He has made significant contribution to several areas of economics, including economics of growth, transition, and development. He has published four books and numerous journal articles, including the influential article on empirical growth published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1995. His recent edited book, Resurgent China: Issues for the Future, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2009, has drawn attention of both researchers and policymakers. At DESA, Nazrul contributes regularly to the World Economic and Social Survey.
Alex Julca has a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and is currently an Economic Affairs Officer at the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD). Having previously worked in the private and public sector in Lima-Peru, he taught at the City University of New York and worked as researcher at Columbia University. He has worked at the UN for the past twelve years, seven of them for the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), making substantive contributions to the WESS on issues associated to international migration, ageing, finance, economic insecurity, climate change, and international aid. He has published in peer review journals in the areas of international migration, remittances, 'natural' disasters and climate change.
Manuel Montes, “Butch” is Acting Chief of Development Strategy and Policy Analysis in United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Previously, he was UNDP Regional Program Coordinator, Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative; Program Officer for International Economic Policy at the Ford Foundation in New York, 1999-2005; Senior Fellow and Coordinator for economics studies at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, 1989-1999; and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of The Philippines, 1981-1989. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Developing Economies in Tokyo, at the United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/IWDER) in Helsinki, and at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).
Mariangela Parra Lancourt joined the WESS team as Economic Affairs Officer in 2008. She has co-authored several articles on economic development and international trade, with emphasis on patterns of specialization and terms of trade. Before joining DPAD, she served as inter-regional advisor for DESA’s Under-Secretary General in New York, and as regional advisor for ECLAC’s Executive Secretary in Santiago. In Colombia she served as an advisor to the Minister of Transportation, and as part of Corfivalle’s Investment Banking research team. She holds an MA in Economics (minor in Mathematics) from Los Andes University in Bogota. Currently she is writing a dissertation for her PhD (ABD) in Economics at the New School University.
Vladimir Popov joined the WESS team as a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in December 2009. Before joining the UN he worked as a Professor in New Economic School in Moscow and in Carleton University in Ottawa. He also worked as Senior Researcher at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER/UNU) in Helsinki. He is the author/editor of 11 books and numerous articles on economics of transition and development. His recent area of research is history of economic growth and trajectories of institutional development.
Shari Spiegel joined the WESS team as a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in May 2010. She is co-author and co-editor of several of books and articles on capital and financial markets, debt, and macroeconomics and has an MA (ABD) in economics from Princeton University and a BA in applied mathematics and economics from Northwestern University. She served as Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a think-tank presided over by Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University. She has extensive experience at the private sector, most recently as a Principal at New Holland Capital and as head of fixed-income emerging markets at Lazard Asset Management. She also served as an advisor to the Hungarian Central Bank in the early 1990s.
Rob Vos joined the United Nations in 2005 as Director of DPAD. Before joining the UN, he was a Professor at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and at the Free University Amsterdam. He has also worked as a senior economist at the Inter-American Development Bank where he co-founded the Inter-American Institute for Social Development (INDES). His academic and advisory work covers a broad range of development issues, including trade policy, inequality and poverty; financing for development; poverty and social policy analysis; and macroeconomic and general equilibrium modeling for development policy.