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Multilateral Development Banks Changing with the Times: A Conversation with EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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Join us for a special event marking CGD’s 15th anniversary and EBRD’s 25th. EBRD president Sir Suma Chakrabarti will give a major policy speech on the future of multilateral development banking in a changing world, and then discuss the challenges and opportunities for MDBS with CGD president Nancy Birdsall. Directly afterwards, you are also invited to a reception from 5:15 - 7:00 p.m., hosted by EBRD to celebrate the opening of its new office in Washington DC.


Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was created exactly twenty five years ago to develop open and sustainable market economies in post-Cold War Europe. Now, its reach extends from Morocco to Mongolia – and its work from agribusiness to equity funds, manufacturing to natural resources, governance reform to financing the green economy. 

How is the EBRD changing with the times, and how should it respond to the imperatives set by the SDGs, the Paris climate agreement, and to the emergence of new players in development finance?

Chakrabarti has led the EBRD since 2012. Previously he held leading positions in several UK government departments, including the Treasury, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development, where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa.

Following the hour-long discussion, there will be a reception hosted by the EBRD to celebrate the opening of its new Representative Office in Washington DC. More information can be found here

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Thursday, April 14
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Please arrive early to secure your seat.