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K. Riva Levinson
President and CEO, KRL International and Author, Choosing the Hero
Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Global Development
Please join us for a special event marking the release of Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africaʼs First Woman President by K. Riva Levinson. The book is an insider’s account of Riva’s longtime relationship with Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, two women warriors in battle to help a nation recover from war, and a window into the strange policy trenches of Washington DC.
Choosing the Hero has received advanced praise from the former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, who called it, “A deeply moving story of two extraordinary women.” U.S. Senator Chris Coons said, “Rivaʼs story reminds us that often the best, most challenging work comes to us when we least expect it and most need it.” U.S. Representative Ed Royce called the book a “fast-paced, crisply told story of Liberia’s rebirth under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is inspiring and impressively honest.” The discussion will be followed by a light reception.
Industrialization was never an accident but an outcome of a well- crafted industrial policy. Analyzing the capacity and limits of the (developmental) state in the industrialization process and in economic development in general, Murat Yülek’s new book, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development, sheds light on how today’s governments can design industrial policy and how they can identify strategic sectors to break out of Low and Middle Income Traps. Explaining technical concepts in understandable terms, the book introduces a stylized industrialization process in four stages and locates different countries on the process map. He illustrates how picking-the-winner type industrial policies –a controversial issue among the economists –have worked in different countries. It also discusses how industrial policy and science, technology and innovation policies should be sequenced for best results. As trade wars and (pre-mature) de-industrialization become the zeitgeist of today, the book shows the links between global (im)balances and economic development explaining export-led growth as well as import-led slowdowns.
On the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) will co-host this expert panel to discuss the future of the World Bank under its new president, David Malpass. What should top his agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape and what is the role of the World Bank in addressing these challenges? Join us to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system.