Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, the J.S. McDonnell Foundation’s 21st Century Science Award, and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. In 1997, President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He has also been named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.
JAMES FOSTER is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Professor Foster received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University where he received the Selma Fine Goldsmith Award for his dissertation. He held positions at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and Department of Economics at Vanderbilt before joining the Elliott School. He received the Unilever Fellowship (UK) and the Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy, and holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa, from Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico). Professor Foster’s research focuses on welfare economics — using economic tools to evaluate the well-being of people. His joint 1984 Econometrica paper is one of the most cited papers on poverty; it introduced the FGT Index, which has been used in thousands of studies and was the basis for targeting the Progresa/Oportunidades program in Mexico. Other work includes a book project on economic inequality with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen; a paper on poverty and growth in a recent issue of the International Economic Review with Miguel Szekely, Undersecretary of Education in Mexico; and a paper measuring multidimensional poverty with Sabina Alkire, Director of Oxford’s Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
PIETRO GENNARI is the Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Statistics Division since the beginning of 2009. He has over 25 years of experience in the main areas of official statistics and in managing statistical programmes, both at the national and international level. He began his professional career in 1986 working in the National Planning Commission for the System of Wholesale Food Markets, and subsequently served for five years as Senior Statistician at the Institute for Studies and Economic Analyses (ISAE), a public research Institute that conducts analyses and forecasts in support of the economic policy decisions of the Italian government. Between 1993 and 2003, he worked for the Italian National Institute of Statistics, first as Head of the Labour Force Survey Division and then in the Directorate for Short-Term Business Statistics. From August 2003 to November 2005, Mr. Gennari was Adviser on Economic Statistics for the UN Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), assisting the National Statistics Offices of the Region in improving basic data sources for the compilation of the main economic indicators. At the end of 2005 he became the Director of ESCAP Statistics Division, where he launched a new programme of statistical capacity building and redesigned the statistical dissemination strategy.
STEPHAN KLASEN is professor of development economics and empirical economic research at the University of Göttingen, where he also heads the Ibero-American Institute. Previously he was professor of economics at the University of Munich as well as a fellow at King’s College in Cambridge and an economist at the World Bank in South Africa. His research interests are in population, labor, welfare, and development economics. He holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His current research interests include an assessment of the relation between labor market events and demographic decisions at the household level, an analysis of the