How to Lead Better Responses to Global Emergencies?

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs, the School of Public Policy and the Centre for Economic Policy Rese

Online public event


Erik Berglof

Erik Berglof

Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and LSE

Astrid Haas

Astrid Haas

Former Policy Director, International Growth Centre (IGC)

Justin Parkhurst

Justin Parkhurst

Associate Professor of Global Health Policy, LSE

Jeromin Zettelmeyer

Jeromin Zettelmeyer

Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF


Adnan Khan

Adnan Khan

Professor in Practice, LSE School of Public Policy and Associate, STICERD

COVID-19 has presented a serious, almost existential, challenge to every country around the world, and is the definition of a truly global emergency. While national responses have varied in effectiveness, because of differing leadership and state capacity, the pandemic has also highlighted how the global and national systems we have in place for dealing with global emergencies are either not fit for purpose or have been hamstrung by those upon whose leadership they depend. Global emergencies demand coordinated responses, effective institutions and global public goods like data. 

The panel will discuss recent research and the key lessons learned from the COVID crisis and propose solutions bringing together global health, epidemiology and economics. How can we integrate experimentation and active real-time learning into policy-making in a crisis?  How can we share national data across borders for the benefit of all? How can we support developing countries now to the build economic resilience to deal with a future crisis?

Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof) is the inaugural Chief Economist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Before joining AIIB, he was Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy and Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Professor Berglof has published widely in top journals on economic and political transition, corporate governance, financial development, and EU reform. He was a member of the Secretariat for the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, EU Wise Persons Group on European Development Finance Architecture, and the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on the Financial and Monetary Systems.

Astrid Haas (@astihaas) is an urban economist and Cities That Work council member. She has worked in government and non-governmental organisations across various countries. She is the former Policy Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), based in Uganda, where she managed and carried out policy-based research on cities based on demand from the government. Her research specialises in urban economics, specifically in the areas of municipal finance, urban mobility and land tenure. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. In 2016, she was nominated by the University of Cape Town as one of Africa’s Young Leaders.

Adnan Khan (@adnanqk) served as Research and Policy Director at the International Growth Centre at the LSE for ten years before joining the School of Public Policy and STICERD. During 2018-19, he was a Visiting Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Khan has spent more than 15 years in the policy world as a practitioner, policymaker and activist, and more than 10 years in the research world as an instructor, researcher and as a catalyser of other people’s research. His areas of interest include economic development and state capacity, political economy and state fragility, and public finance.

Justin Parkhurst (@justinparkhurst) is an Associate Professor of Global Health Policy in the LSE Department of Health Policy. He is co-director of the MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing programme, and the current serving Chair of the LSE Global Health Initiative. Dr Parkhurst’s research interests lie in global health politics and policy, as well as the political nature of evidence use to inform policy decisions. 

Jeromin Zettelmeyer (@jzettelmeyer) rejoined the IMF as Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department in August 2019. He was previously Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Director-General for Economic Policy at the German Ministry for Economic Affairs (2014-2016), Director of Research and Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008–2014) and IMF staff member (1994–2008). He is a CEPR research fellow and a member of CESIfo, and led CEPR’s Research and Policy Network on European Economic Architecture during 2018-19. He has published in major economics journals and is co-author of Debt Defaults and Lessons from a Decade of Crises, a study of sovereign debt crises during the 1990s and 2000s. Mr. Zettelmeyer holds a Ph.D. from MIT and an economics degree from the University of Bonn.

Hassan Gali (@hasangali) is the Student Leader in the Maryam Forum Co-Lab on Global Emergencies and Responses. He is an LSE alumnus of the Master of Public Policy programme and currently works in the Policy and Governance Department, EBRD.

This session is part of the LSE Conference on “One Year On: Lessons Learnt and ‘New Normals’ in a Post-COVID World “hosted  under the LSE Maryam Forum. Click here to view all conference sessions.

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