Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is the head of the International Economic Development Group. He is currently leading the European Report on Development 2014 on Financing and other Means of Implementation in a post-2015 world (having previously led ERD2012), is research leader of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, and advises the UK House of Common Inquiry into the future of the development inquiry.
International Economic Development Group Staff
Dr Yurendra Basnett leads ODI’s research and technical advisory work on trade and economic development policies. For the past eight years, he has been advising governments, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and civil society organisations on trade policy and negotiations, economic transformation, growth diagnostics, regional integration and labour migration. He has contributed to seminal reports on the post-2015 global development agenda, the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, and the Doha Development Agenda. His in-country policy advisory and capacity building experiences span the Asia-Pacific as well as the sub-Saharan Africa region (for example in Nepal, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Namibia, Uganda and South Sudan). He has an extensive and growing publication record, which include edited volumes, book chapters, reports, articles in peer reviewed journal, working papers, briefing papers and policy articles. His work has been referenced by IRIN News and Guardian, and has led to interviews with BBC, Xinhua News Agency and Al Jazeera. He holds a PhD in the political economy of development from the University of Cambridge where he studied under the supervision of Dr Ha-Joon Chang. His Masters was in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science where he was awarded the William Robson Memorial Prize.
Zhenbo will be working on the BRICS and development as well as global governance issues from IEDG. He is fluent in Mandarin.
Jodie Keane is a Research Fellow with the Trade Program, International Economic Development Group, since 2007. She is a Trade Policy Analyst and Economist working on EU Trade Policy with Developing Countries. Her research interests include: new trade-new growth theory; comparative analysis of GVCs; regional integration; and, climate change. Prior to joining ODI Jodie worked as a Development Economist in Vietnam, Cambodia and China. She has an MSc. in the Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, a BA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, and is currently registered as a PhD candidate in Development Economics, at SOAS.
Christian Kingombe earned his B.Sc.(1997) & M.Sc.(2002) from the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and has completed a Ph.D. from University of London (2010).
Christian Kingombe has previously worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations: UNCTAD, UNECE, and ILO, the OECD, the World Bank, and the European Commission.
Research Interests: Trade Facilitation (A4T); Trade in Services.
Dr Isabella Massa has policy-oriented research experience, in particular with respect to African countries. Before joining ODI, she has worked as an Economist (FIP) at the International Monetary Fund within the Middle East and Central Asia Department, and has developed an extensive academic experience as research assistant and instructor in different international universities. Her research interests focus on private capital flows, stock markets development and economic growth. She has published in the Emerging Markets Review, African Development Review, Applied Financial Economics, International Review of Financial Analysis and in institutional working papers as well as occasional papers. She has a PhD in Economics and Organization at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy.
Massimiliano Calì is a development economist, and his current research focuses on the relation between trade, development and growth, on the effects of migration on source countries, and on the determinants and implications of urbanisation in developing countries.
Public expenditure and financial management; governance and accountability; public sector reform; decentralisation and sub-national PFM; political economy of reform processes; institutional development; capacity building.
Christopher Stevens' research focuses on the impact of Northern policies on the South, particulary those relating directly or indirectly to trade.