On Friday the 25th, the former MPA-EPM directors Michael Gavin, Michael Connolly, Francisco Rivera-Batiz, and Arvid Lukauskas joined current director Patricia Mosser for a discussion of the program’s past, present, and future.
Later that day a panel of alumni talked about the challenges presented by the current economic, political, and health crisis, offering perspectives that reflected their diverse industries and regions. Participants included Imad Alam Al-Khayyat MPA-EPM ’10, chief economist of OPEC; Beatriz Arbalaez MPA-EPM ’96, former finance minister of Bogota, Colombia; Kweku Bedu-Addo MPA-EPM ’97, the CEO for Southern Africa at Standard Chartered Bank; Hany Kadry Dimian MPA-EPM ’96, former finance minister of Egypt; Ulric Eriksson von Allmen MPA-EPM ’94, assistant director for monetary and capital markets at the International Monetary Fund; and Songzuo Xiang MPA-EPM ’01, former chief economist of the Agricultural Bank of China and the author of New Economics.
Each session was lively and generated many questions from alumni in attendance. In her remarks to alumni, Mosser stressed the need for continued scholarship funding that enables students from emerging economies to participate in the program. Binqi Liu MPA-EPM ’08 and Alex Munteanu MPA-EPM ’97 were among those who encouraged fellow graduates to give back to the program; others would repeat the sentiment several times as the weekend continued.
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The program on Saturday the 26th featured three sets of breakout sessions. Alumni divided into groups, first by region — Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa/Middle East, and North America — and then by industry — economic policy, energy and environment, and central banking and financial markets — to talk about unique challenges and paths for progress in each. The day concluded with breakouts based on class year, giving alumni a chance to catch up with their true classmates and others who graduated around the same time.
Organizers said the program was a great success, thanking all who participated and promising to convene even more alums in 2021.