Announced: Panel

Posted on the 9th February 2017 by Orsola Maria

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We're proud to announce that the topic of the panel at Warwick Economics Summit 2017 will be: "Globalisation in 2017: who is reaping the benefits of growth?"

The discussion will feature Mark Littlewood, General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Dr. Irene Guijt, Head of Research at Oxfam, debating about Brexit, global economic inequality and many other themes. The moderator of the debate will be Tatiana Coutto, Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics and Warwick Policy Lab.

Mark Littlewood

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow.

Littlewood served as the Director of Liberal Vision from 2008 to 2009, a classical liberal group within the Liberal Democrats before taking up his current position at the Institute of Economic Affairs in December 2009. He was head of media for the Liberal Democrats from December 2004 to May 2007.

In 2007, Littlewood co-founded Progressive Vision , 'a classical liberal think tank' and was its Communications Director until November 2009. Previously, he was campaigns director of human rights group Liberty from 2001 until 2004. In 2004, he became a co-founder, and first national coordinator of NO2ID, Britain's leading pressure group opposing the introduction of national identity cards. He has been chairman of NO2ID since 2006

In 2014, Littlewood was ranked 38th on The Times’ ‘Right-wing Power List’, and in 2011 was named ‘Liberal Voice of the Year’ by the Liberal Democrat Voice. He frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4's Today Programme and LBC.

Littlewood was educated at Balliol College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Dr. Irene Guijt

Dr. Irene Guijt leads Oxfam GB's Research Team, which uses evidence to influence economic, environmental, and social justice. Oxfam has been on the forefront of the fight for the poverty eradication. Its research has frequently informed and inflamed public debate, with the latest one being the global inequality report published prior to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Before joining Oxfam GB in 2015, Irene had worked for 25 years in rural development, natural resource management, collective action, and social justice. Some of the issues addressed in her career have included girls' empowerment, inclusive business, accountable democracy, water service delivery, and youth leadership.

Irene worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development from 1990 to 1998. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University between 1996 -1998 and 2013-2015. She has also co-hosted the annual 'M&E on the Cutting Edge' series, covering themes of complexity and responsible innovation, for 6 years.

Dr. Guijt is currently a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute. She holds a BSc and MSc in land and water use engineering from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. Her PhD focused on small-scale producers in Brazil.

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