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Upcoming Annual Meeting, Regional Spotlight: Europe, Committee Urges Strong IDA18 Replenishment, Views from the Members, Member Spotlight, and More!
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, speaking at the Bretton Woods Committee 2015 Annual Meeting. 

Upcoming Events

2017 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm ET
International Monetary Fund Headquarters 2
Washington, DC
Please RSVP Here

Catalyzing Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure
in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm ET
World Bank Group Headquarters
Washington, DC

For more information on this roundtable, please click here. If you are interested in attending the roundtable, please contact the Committee by e-mail at or by phone at 202-331-1616. 

Please check our website regularly for updates on program dates, times, and locations. 

Recent Highlights

Regional SpotlightPopulism Shaking EU Foundations?

On March 14, 2017 the Bretton Woods Committee hosted the virtual conference, Regional Spotlight: Populism Shaking EU Foundations? This event featured Gerard Lyons and Committee members Beatrice Weder di Mauro and Tony Fratto, and explored European populist political movements and the potential impacts on the future of the European Union, Eurozone, multilateral institutions, and the global economy. Read more

Regional Spotlight:  Populism Shaking EU Foundations
Watch a recording of the virtual conference: Regional Spotlight: Populism Shaking EU Foundations? 

Committee Urges U.S. Support for Strong IDA18 Replenishment

In a letter to then U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob J. Lew, the Committee advocated for a strong replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest. The letter urged the Department of Treasury to maintain the same level of funding made for IDA17 ($3.9 billion) in the IDA18 pledge, which they ultimately did. Next, we will turn our efforts to encourage Congress to fully fund all of the multilateral development banks in the upcoming budget. Read the letter

Views from the Members

In this section, individual members share their perspective on specific issues with the broader Committee membership. Views expressed below are from individual Members and do not reflect any viewpoint of the Bretton Woods Committee.

With a potential U.S. retrenchment from multilateral leadership and possible decreased financing for development in coming years, do you see further expansion of China’s role in development finance and economic development in regions such as Africa and Latin America? How might this impact the existing multilateral development landscape?

Kevin P. Gallagher
Professor of Global Development Policy
Co-director, Global Economic Governance Initiative
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University
Read the Analysis 
Lourdes Casanova
Senior Lecturer
Director, Emerging Markets Institute
S.C. Johnson School of Management
Cornell University
Raj M. Desai
Associate Professor of International Development
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government
Georgetown University

Member Spotlight

The Bretton Woods Committee would like to congratulate the following members on their recent achievements!

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor and Counselor and Trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was honored by the Department of Defense with the Distinguished Public Service Award.
Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and Co-Founder of the LouLou Foundation, was honored by NYU Langone Medical Center's 2017 FACES Gala for his support of research efforts towards finding a cure for a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5.
James Manyika, a Director of the McKinsey Global Institute and Senior Partner and Board Member at McKinsey & Company, was elected to serve on the board of the MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, was awareded the Whitehead Award for Distinguished Public Service and Financial Leadership by the museum of American Finance. 

Welcome New Members!

  • Susan Lund, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Ghiyath Nakshbendi, American University; Sangamore Group
  • Nick Tolchard, Invesco Asset Management 

Membership Nominations

Do you know someone who might be a good fit for the Committee? Nominate your colleagues for membership with the Bretton Woods Committee via this online form and help us grow our membership!

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