Jean-Paul Faguet is Professor of the Political Economy of Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and chair of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue’s Decentralization Task Force.  He has published extensively on decentralization and local governance, including Governance from Below: Decentralization and Popular Democracy in Bolivia (2012, University of Michigan Press), which won the 2013 W.J.M. Mackenzie Award for best book published in political science.

Caroline Pöschl earned her PhD at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her dissertation explores the relationship between local government taxation and accountability in Mexico. Previously she worked on decentralization, subnational management and taxation at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.


Mani Shankar Aiyar is a current member of the Rajya Sabha (Indian upper house of Parliament), Chairman of the South Asia Foundation’s India Chapter, and Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is former Minister of Local Self-Government (Panchayati Raj), Government of India, and also served as Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics, and co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance. He has also held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Siena and the BP Centennial Professorship at London School of Economics.

Thomas Bossert is the Director of the International Health Systems Program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His specialties include health reform, decentralization, social capital, policy analysis, organizational and institutional analysis, human resources policy, public/private relations, community development and project design and evaluation.

Giorgio Brosio is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Turin, where he has taught for 25 years.  He is a past president of the European Public Choice Society.  He has published widely in the decentralization literature, and has also advised the IMF, World Bank, and many developing countries on issues of decentralization, federalism, and taxation.

Joseph J. Capuno is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. His research spans issues of spatial development, local government innovations, political economy of local fiscal decisions, health insurance and financial protection, health and education equity.

Ali Cheema is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) and an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. A Rhodes Scholar, he is also a founding director of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).

Vigile Marie Fabella is a PhD student at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She obtained her master’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Ashley M. Fox is a Lecturer in the Department of Population Health Science & Policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Political Economy of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Matteo Grazzi is an Economist in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. He previously worked at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean, and at the Centre for Research on Latin American Studies and Transition Economies Studies of Bocconi University.

Fidel Jaramillo is the Country Representative of the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) in Peru. He was previously Chief Economist and Vice President of Development Strategies of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), and also Minister of Finance (1998-1990) and General Manager of the Central Bank of Ecuador (1997-1998).

Juan Pablo Jimenez is a Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.  He is also Economic Affairs Officer of the Economic Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.  He previously worked in the Ministry of Economy and the National Congress of Argentina.

Adnan Qadir Khan is Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science. He was previously a civil servant in the Pakistan Administrative Service, where he served in different districts and ministries, including the ministry of finance.

Stuti Khemani is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research and advisory work span a diverse range of countries and is published in leading development economics and political science journals.

Aleli D. Kraft is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Program at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. She has published in international and national health policy journals, and collaborated in research work with the University of Queensland. 

Bingqin Li is Associate Professor and PhD Convenor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and Professorial Research Fellow with the Development Research Centre of the State Council of China.  Previously she was Lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics, and Research Associate of the Centre for Analyses of Social Exclusion.

Sandip Mitra is Assistant Professor at the Sampling and Official Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, where he has taught for more than 15 years. His research focuses on political economy, micro-finance, poverty, corporate social responsibility, agricultural markets, and official statistics.

Dilip Mookherjee is Professor of Economics at Boston University, and Director of the BU Institute for Economic Development since 1998. He studied Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, and the London School of Economics. He is the author most recently of The Crisis in Government Accountability: Governance Reforms and Indian Economic Performance.

Roger Myerson is Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2007, he was co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Eric Maskin and Leonid Hurwicz. Dr. Myerson’s publications, Game Theory and Probability Models for Economic Decisions furthered the theoretical research on game theory, information economics, and economic analysis of political institutions. Winner of numerous accolades, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel in 2002, he is a Fellow and former Midwest Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected Vice President of the Econometric Society in 2006.

Stella A. Quimbo is Professor and Department Chair at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. She holds the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada was born in La Paz, Bolivia, but grew up mainly in the United States, in exile.  He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Philosophy, and then return to Bolivia to found a film production company, and later a petroleum services and mining companies operating in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.  In 1979 he entered the Chamber of Deputies, was later elected Senator, and then President of the Senate.  He became Minister of Planning and Coordination in the administration of President Victor Paz Estenssoro, where he designed the 1985 economic reform that tamed Bolivia’s 25,000% hyperinflation, and lay the foundations of economic stability.  In 1993 became the 61st President of Bolivia. He was elected president again in 2002, but was forced to resign in October 2003. He is now the non-executive chairman of a company with mining investments in the Americas and Europe.  He has received distinctions and awards as well as honorary degrees from universities in Japan, the United States, and Ecuador.

Abhirup Sarkar is Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata where he has taught for 30 years. He has taught and researched in universities and institutions in the US, Canada and Europe.  He is currently Chairman of the State Finance Commission of West Bengal, and also Chairman of the West Bengal Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, and a past member of the Group of Advisors to the Indian Finance Minister on G20 matters.

Carlos Antonio R. Tan, Jr. currently works for a health policy project in the Philippines. He has published works on economic burden of diseases, impact of water and sanitation, and financial risk protection in Health Policy and Planning and the Asian Journal of Public Health, among others.

Barry R. Weingast is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as the Ward C. Krebs Family Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, which he chaired from 1996 to 2001. His research focuses on the political determinants of public policymaking and the political foundations of markets and democracy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the 2006 William H. Riker Prize in Political Science.Yongmei Zhang is Associate Professor at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute, Lanzhou University, P.R. China. Her research focuses on rural to urban migration and community development in China’s western provinces. Her book Marriage and Family Life of a Migrant Population was awarded Second Prize for Outstanding Academic Research Achievement in Gansu Province in 2007.