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Science and Technology at the World Bank: Recommendations to President Ajay Banga

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Following Science & Diplomacy’s special issue, “Science and Technology at the World Bank: Recommendations to President Ajay Banga,” the Center will be hosting a webinar on Monday, February 26 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET. The webinar will feature the five contributors to the issue, who have all worked at the World Bank, and will be moderated by E. William Colglazier, S&D’s editor-in-chief.

Authors will elaborate further on the answers they provided in the issue, to the question: Given your experience at the World Bank, how have science, technology, and innovation impacted the World Bank’s programs? How have these programs evolved and what could have been done better? What would you recommend to the new World Bank President Ajay Banga from a S&T perspective?


  • Sajitha Bashir, former Adviser to the Global Director for Education, World Bank
  • Alfred Watkins, Founder and Chairman, Global Solutions Summit; former Member, Governing Council, UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
  • Charles Weiss, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former S&T Adviser, World Bank
  • Gordon Myers, former Chief Counsel and Head, Technology Business Risk, International Finance Corporation
  • Klaus Tilmes, Co-Chair, Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, NASEM


Event Contacts

Estefania Ortiz Calva

Senior Program Associate, Center for Science Diplomacy

Katie Garner

Program Assistant for International Affairs and Science Diplomacy

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