Panel Speakers

Alexander M. Danzer is Professor of Economics at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and research fellow at the Centre for Research & Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and at CESifo Group Munich. Alexander M. Danzer has worked as a Consultant to the World Bank since 2008. His research focuses on labor and development economics, with special emphasis on labor supply, pensions, poverty and migration.

Cheng Fang is an Economist in the Markets and Trade Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He joined FAO in 2003. His work focuses on agricultural trade and food policies, decent rural employment, smallholder and value chain development, agricultural early warning and agricultural projection. He is currently leading the FAO work to develop the knowledge product on the impact of trade on decent rural employment.

Corrado Giulietti is Associate at the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), University of Southampton. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His research interests are on labor economics, with a focus on migration and its determinants, the impact on receiving countries, the labor market performance of immigrants and the role of their social networks.

Johannes Koettl is Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Global Practice (GSPDR) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He has been working on issues related to labor markets, migration, health, and social protection at the World Bank since 2004, with a regional focus on Europe, and the Western Balkan in particular. Johannes Koettl has published on issues related to aging societies, migration, informal employment, work disincentives, and labor policies.

Hartmut Lehmann is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Bologna and Program Director of the research area "Labor Markets in Emerging and Transition Countries" at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He is also editor of the IZA Journal of Labor & Development. He is a Fellow of DIW, IZA and WDI. He is a Consultant to the World Bank,the OECD and UNDP. His research interests are in labor economics and applied micro-econometrics with an emphasis on transition countries.

Norberto Pignatti is Faculty Member at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET). Before becoming part of ISET resident faculty in 2009 he worked at the Development Centre of the OECD in Paris, at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and at the University of Bologna. His research interests are labor economics (with a particular emphasis on labor markets of developing and transition countries), sustainable development and, more generally, policy studies.

Abel Polese is Senior Researcher at Dublin City University and Tallinn University. He is mainly interested in informal and alternative mechanisms of governance and theory and practice of development. In addition to his academic work, he has been involved in development projects in the former USSR and South East Asia, with a growing interest in the Middle East. He is co-editor of Studies of Transition States and Societies.

Willi Schulz-Greve is Head of Unit for analysis of trade and international policies in DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. He holds a doctoral degree in agriculture economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. In 1996, Willi Schulz-Greve joined the European Commission and held several posts in rural development, policy analysis, agricultural markets and economic analysis.

Oded Stark is Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Distinguished Professor at the University of Warsaw, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tuebingen, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University. He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, and the theory of the firm.

Taras Vysotskyi is General Director of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB) in Kyiv, the largest professional association of Ukrainian agri-food sector. He is an expert in the field of operative management, marketing and market research, analysis of price conjuncture of international and Ukrainian crops markets.