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Closing plenary: Living with COVID-19 – What leadership do we need?

Hosted by Hosted by the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Global Affairs



Valeria Gontareva

Valeria Gontareva

Senior Policy Fellow, LSE IGA

Khalid Janahi

Khalid Janahi

Chairman, Vision 3

Vali R. Nasr

Vali R. Nasr

Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Executive Director, Apolitical

Andrés Velasco

Andrés Velasco

Dean, LSE School of Public Policy

The Closing Plenary will draw out critical lessons from the breadth of the day’s discussions, to identify the leadership and cross-sectoral collaboration required to address the intersecting impacts of COVID-19 with complex global challenges everywhere. Building on insights from the thematic and geographic sessions, the Maryam Student Leaders will challenge the panel of policymakers, academics and business representatives on the transformative policy solutions needed globally. Together they will chart a path towards evidence-based and accountable leadership - the kind of leadership which will enable and accelerate a sustainable and inclusive recovery in all regions of the world.

The panel:

LSE Maryam Forum Student Leaders: Awele Ajufo, Hassan Gali, John Gordon, Caroline Mei, Richa Udayana, Karina Rodriguez, Jintao Zhu.

Challenging academics, policymakers and business representatives:

Valeria Gontareva served as the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine in 2014-2017. She was the first woman to lead Ukraine’s central bank and oversaw vital reforms to implement a new monetary policy of inflation targeting and flexible exchange rate regime, to clean up Ukraine’s banking sector, strengthen regulatory supervision, and ensure the independence of the National Bank. She started her career in financial services in 1993 and built up over two decades of private sector experience at both Ukrainian and international financial institutions before her appointment as Governor of the central bank. Between 1996 and 2000 she worked at the Kyiv branch of Société Générale, moving to ING Bank in 2001 where she rose to first Deputy Chairman of the Board. Between 2007 and 2014 she led Investment Capital Ukraine (now ICU), a top Ukrainian financial services group.

Khalid Janahi is currently Chairman of Vision 3, with a focus on venture and infrastructure. He holds 38 years experience in banking and financial services, including serving as Group CEO of Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, Chairman of Faisal Private Bank, Ithmaar Bank and Solidarity Co. He also served as Vice Chairman of Arab Business Council of the World Economic Forum and is currently on various boards.

Vali R. Nasr (@vali_nasr) is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.  He is the author of various books, including The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, plus numerous articles in scholarly journals. He has advised senior American policy makers, world leaders, and businesses including the President, Secretary of State, senior members of the Congress, and presidential campaigns, and has written for New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is a member of International Board of Advisors of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, the International Board of Advisors at the American University of Beirut, and the Board of Advisors of Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. 

Lindiwe Mazibuko (@LindiMazibuko) is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Apolitical Foundation. She has served as Former Shadow Deputy Minister for Communications, Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform and Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition in South Africa. She is a Mason and JFK Fellow at Harvard.

Andrés Velasco (@AndresVelasco) is Dean of the LSE School of Public Policy.

Moderator: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of The New York Times Company. Dunbar-Johnson is responsible for the oversight and strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. Dunbar-Johnson was appointed president, International for The New York Times Company in October 2013 to lead the global expansion of the company. Prior to The Times, Dunbar-Johnson was publisher of the International Herald Tribune (I.H.T.), a position he assumed in January 2008. Before joining the I.H.T .in 1998, he held various business development roles in the United Kingdom, France and the United States over 12 years at The Financial Times. 

Professor Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof) became the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) in 2015. Previously he was the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining the EBRD in 2006, Erik Berglof held the position of Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 2017-2018 he served on the Secretariat of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance and on the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York. He is a Research Fellow and former Programme Director at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. 

Caroline Mei is the Student Leader for this session. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Administration at LSE.

The School of Public Policy (@LSEPublicPolicy) is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Our approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

The Institute of Global Affairs (@LSEIGA) aims to maximise the impact of LSE's leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.

This event is part of the Maryam Forum Launch: "From Rulership to Leadership: Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic".

View the full programme here.

The Maryam Forum is a new multi-year platform aiming to encourage the shift towards evidence-informed, transparent, accountable and inclusive leadership. Introduced on the global stage in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2020, Maryam Forum is a collaboration between policy makers, academics, business leaders and media that engages the LSE across departments and disciplines. Together with our students – the leaders of tomorrow – we will convene Maryam Co-Labs, leading up to our first annual Global Conference in December. From climate change, health crises and other global emergencies, to industrial policy, populism and migration, these year-round working groups will tackle the most urgent challenges of our time - providing opportunities to exchange expertise and shape solutions, and unlocking the potential for inclusive and sustainable leadership across all regions of the world.

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