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BIPR | SAIS Perspectives 2021-22 Bologna Launch Event - Disparity in Development
SAIS Perspectives 2021-22 Bologna Launch Event - Disparity in Development

November 18, 2021 - 18:30

Jyotsna (Jo) Puri - Onno Ruhl - Michael G. Plummer

SAIS Perspectives 2021-22 Bologna Launch Event - Disparity in Development
Organized by SAIS Perspectives
Jyotsna (Jo) Puri
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Onno Ruhl
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)
Michael G. Plummer
Chair: Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe

Please join the SAIS Perspectives team in our Bologna launch event for our 2021-22 Theme: Disparity in Development.

The event will feature a panel discussion on different types of inequality in the spheres of development, climate, and sustainability, alongside critical questions regarding the role of cooperation in addressing shared crises. The discussion will conclude with the announcement of the winners of the SAIS Perspectives 2021 Photo Contest.


Jyotsna (Jo) Puri is Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD) at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome. At IFAD Puri leads strategy work in IFAD's key areas targeting agriculture, climate, gender, nutrition, youth and social inclusion. She also provides vision for evidence-informed advice on programme design and implementation, contributing to resource mobilization, and supporting IFAD's global remit in providing state-of the art policy advice related to these topics. The Strategy and Knowledge Department is also responsible for ensuring that IFAD's programmes incorporate social, environmental and climate safeguards, and for verifying that IFAD's investments generate benefits in these areas. Puri has worked previously at the Green Climate Fund, 3ie, UNEP, the World Bank and UNDP. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York where she was also a research scientist. She has published in many academic journals and newspapers and provided advice as a board member to several development organizations. A national of India, Puri holds a PhD and MSc in Agriculture and Resource Economics as well as an MA in Development Economics.


Onno Ruhl is General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, where he leads the creation of a new agency which focuses on improving the habitat and resilience of communities in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. Before this, Ruhl was Country Director for India at the World Bank, based in New Delhi. He began his career in the Foreign Service of the Netherlands, and has been Director for Operations Services and Quality in the South Asia Region of the World Bank, Country Director for Nigeria, Manager for Results and Learning in the Africa Region of the World Bank, and Country Manager for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has a longstanding reputation for driving organizational change and building partnerships, as well as experience in emergency response and natural disaster reconstruction. Ruhl holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
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