Deepa Narayan is an Indian advisor on international poverty, gender and development issues. She has advised, among others, the World Bank and the UN. She is well-known for her “people-first” approach of politics. In 2011 the “Foreign Policy Magazine” included her in its list of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers”.
Andy Sumner co-directs the International Development Institute at King’s College London, where his work focuses on poverty and emerging economies. In 2011 he was listed in Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers”. His writings appear in the “Global Policy Journal” and in “The Guardian”.
john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously served as the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment.
The French economist came to fame with his book „Capital in the Twenty-First Century“ (Belknap Press, 2014) in which he focuses on wealth and income inequality. Nobel laureates Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz called the book "the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade“. Piketty is professor (directeur d’études) at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and professor at the Paris School of Economics.
The sluggish response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa shows the same fundamental flaws as the global response to HIV in the 1980s.
Modern economics has failed, misled and deceived us. Luckily, Thomas Piketty has brought the real core question of economics back onto the market: inequality.
French economist Thomas Piketty has put inequality back on the map and is being hailed as the Karl Marx of the 21st century. He talked to Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger about a globalization gone wrong, a Eurozone parliament and our obsession with economic growth.
While the UN claims to have made significant progress on the Millennium Development Goals, philosopher Thomas Pogge spoke recently with Ben Hill about the true current state of global poverty, the systemic problems thwarting our best efforts to alleviate it, and the smarter solutions he and others are working on to circumvent these problems.