Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi is Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based autonomousThink-Tank. He was also a Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International Affairs at Yale University. He works on issues related to development cooperation policies and South-South cooperation. He has also worked on trade and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO. Dr. Chaturvedi has served as a Visiting Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and has also worked as consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNESCO, OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, IUCN, and to the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, among other organizations. He has been a Developing Country Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (1996), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2003), and Visiting Scholar at the German Development Institute (2007). His experience includes working at the University of Amsterdam on a project on International Development Cooperation and Biotechnology for Developing Countries supported by the Dutch Ministry of External Affairs. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been a member of the IGSAC Committee of Experts for evolving a framework for cooperation on conservation of biodiversity in the SAARC region, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Development Monitor (the Netherlands) and Asian Biotechnology Development Review (New Delhi). He has authored three books and edited six books apart from publishing several research articles in various prestigious journals.
Currently serving as the Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for South - South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inyang Ebong-Harstrup received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D in Modern British and European History 1815-1951, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career in 1988 with UNDP as a Canadian Junior Professional Officer (JPO) serving for 3 years in UNDP Tanzania. Following a successful recruitment into UNDP through the Management Training Programme (MTP), Ms. Ebong-Harstrup was assigned to the UNDP Country office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a Programme Officer for three years. Following this, Ms. Ebong-Harstrup was assigned as a Policy Advisor in UNDP HQ, New York, for a period of 5 years and worked in the Bureau for Policy Development (BDP) and the Operations Support Group Office (OSG). In October 1999, Ms. Ebong-Harstrup returned to UNDP Tanzania as Deputy Resident Representative (programme) and also acted for one year (June 2001-June 2002) as the UNDP Resident Representative a.i. In August 2002 she took up her first appointment as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) in Trinidad and Tobago, and she also served as RC/RR for Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Ms.Ebong-Harstrup returned to UNDP HQ in January 2007 to take up her assignment as Associate Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDOCO/UNDP) where she led the Resident Coordinator Capacity Support Cluster. In June 2011 she took up her current assignment, as Deputy Director UNOSSC.Ms. Ebong-Harstrup is a dual citizen of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Canada.
Stephen Karingi is currently the Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division of the Economic Commission for Africa. He joined the United Nations in April 2004. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Karingi was a Senior Analyst and the Head of Macroeconomics Division in the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a Public Think-Tank. Before KIPPRA he served as a Lecturer of Economics at Egerton University. He has published extensively in major academic peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters in edited books with renowned publishers. He has contributed to global and regional policy dialogues through renowned Think-Tanks. Mr. Karingi today spearheads policy research in a broad array of areas within the Economic Commission for Africa and is a member of the Editorial Boards of several African journals, such as the Journal of African Trade and the recently launched Journal of African Transformation. Mr. Karingi was a recipient of the Zolt-Gilburne Visiting Fellowship of the International Tax Programme of the Harvard Law School in 2001 and was recently the winner of the 2013 Alan A. Powell Award in recognition of his contribution to Global Economic Analysis issues from an African perspective.
Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright is the Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division in UNCTAD. He has worked at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Cambridge UK and has published widely on economic issues including, inter alia, in the Economic Journal, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Development Studies, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. His latest book is the Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism (with Paul Rayment) and he has also edited volumes on Transnational Corporations and the Global Economy, Economic Insecurity and Development, Securing Peace, Climate Protection and Development, and Industrial Policy.
Professor Li Xiayoun, is the NeST Chairman and Dean of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agriculture University.