10:00—2:00 PM ET
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Technology and Development Conference

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New technologies continue to challenge traditional paths to industrialization, such as export-led manufacturing. But at the same time, they may offer new routes for development in services and the knowledge economy. Over the last 18 months, CGD has convened a group of experts to assess how rapidly these changes will emerge, whether potential positive or negative consequences will dominate, and under what circumstances.

Please join us for expert discussions on several of the themes that have emerged from this group, including what the growing role of automation means for the future of the export-led model; how governments can support competition in digital markets; and how policymakers can foster innovation and growth while protecting their citizens against abuse through sound data governance.


9:30-10:00 am
Registration and Breakfast

10:00-11:30 am
Panel I: The Future of the Export-Led Model


  • Carl Frey, Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, University of Oxford
  • Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Adviser in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, World Bank Group 
  • Bright Simons, President, mPedigree


  • Charles Kenny, Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

11:30 am-12:00 pm
Break for lunch

12:00-12:30 pm
Keynote Address: Should We Make Policy For The Future of Work?

  • Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

12:30-2:00 pm
Panel II: Data Governance and Economic Development: Towards a Balanced Approach


  • Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
  • Benno Ndulu, Academic Director, Pathways for Prosperity
  • Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director, Web Foundation
  • Priya Vora, Chief Executive Officer, Future State


  • Michael Pisa, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
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