Austin Okere Interviews Paul Romer, World Bank Chief Economist at GBSN Conference

David Afolayan
GBSN Keynote and Reception
GBSN Keynote and Reception. Washington DC Nov. 1 ,2017 . © Rick Reinhard 2017 email [email protected]

CWG Plc Founder, Austin Okere, kicked off the 12th Global Business School Network (GBSN) Conference with a keynote interview with the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Paul Romer at the Kogod School of Business at the American University, Washington DC on November 01, 2017.

Okere, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network, was chosen to moderate the keynote session of the conference with the theme Intersection of Business Education and Economic Development, in recognition of his major contribution to the development of business education and knowledge transfer in Africa.

Austin Okere Interviews Paul Romer, World Bank Chief Economist at GBSN Conference
The event was held at the KOGOD School of Business at the American University, George Washington’s School of Business. Washington DC Nov. 1,2017. © Rick Reinhard

The conference focused on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, non-governmental organisations and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities. The event was co-hosted by the Kogod School of Business of the American University, George Washington’s School of Business and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

The duo held the audience spellbound during the interview with deep insights on a broad range of issues from the progress on the World Bank’s two goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, to topics including the need for Inclusiveness, Globalization, Human Capital Development, Automation’s impact on the future of jobs and Social Media’s impact on democracy.

About Paul Romer

Dr Paul Romer took office as the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President in October 2016. He is a Professor at New York University, where his research on catch-up growth in low and middle-income countries has emphasized the importance of government policies that encourage orderly urban expansion.

Austin Okere Interviews Paul Romer, World Bank Chief Economist at GBSN Conference
Dr Paul Romer, World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President at the GBSN Keynote and Reception. Washington DC Nov. 1, 2017. © Rick Reinhard

Before NYU, Romer taught at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and while there, also started Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort. Romer has also variously taught economics at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester.

In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth. Romer holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago after doing graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Queens University.

About Austin Okere

Austin Okere is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia Business School, where he received special commendation for his mentorship role in innovation and entrepreneurship. He was recognized with a Lifetime Entrepreneurship Achievement Award by the American University of Nigeria in 2017 for his dedicated service and outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Austin Okere Interviews Paul Romer, World Bank Chief Economist at GBSN Conference
Austin Okere, Founder, CWG Plc, at the GBSN Keynote and Reception. Washington DC Nov. 1 ,2017. © Rick Reinhard

Austin received the Nigerian Computer Society Special Presidential Award in 2016 and was named ICT Personality of the year by the Society in 2014. He was also named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network in 2012 and was listed on the United Kingdom C.Hub Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016.

Austin is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society and the Institute of Directors of Nigeria.

About GBSN

GBSN is a body dedicated to advancing the cause of knowledge sharing to inspire and transform business education across the globe, with the aim of strengthening management education for emerging markets through a unique global network of business schools with a growing network of over 70 leading business schools across six continents.

Austin Okere Interviews Paul Romer, World Bank Chief Economist at GBSN Conference
A cross-section of the audience at the event. Washington DC Nov. 1, 2017 © Rick Reinhard

The conference, which was opened by Stephen Sacca, CEO GBSN, was attended by over 170 delegates including Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets with an interest in building international connections and developing their school’s program quality, market relevance and regional impact.

It also featured Development Professionals and Management Consultants who are focused on economic development and social impact; Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration; as well as Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools.


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