4 June 2020
With Sir Paul Collier CBE FBA,  Professor Christopher Adam, Albert Maasland, Roberts Grava, and Ritesh Anand 

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in unprecedented health, economic and market disruptions globally, leaving developing countries with challenges facing the crisis, managing its consequences, and subsequently navigating a dramatically altered landscape.

In this Webinar

  • How will developing countries cope with the unfolding crisis?
  • What can governments do to support their people while sustaining the economy?
  • What is the impact of lower commodity prices?
  • How will falling remittance flows and FDI affect developing economies?
  • How will a long-term decline in tourism affect industry and employment?
  • What monetary and fiscal policies can help manage challenging economic outcomes, and is there scope for greater policy coordination?

The panel for this event consists of internationally acclaimed Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Professor Christopher Adam, Professor of Development Economics at Oxford University.


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Sir Paul Collier CBE FBA

Sir Paul Collier is a British development economist who serves as the Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government and the director of the International Growth Centre.

He was a founder of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and remained as Director from 1989 until 2014. He has served as senior advisor to the Blair Commission for Africa, was the Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank between 1998 and 2003, and now directs the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford where he continues to advise policymakers. Sir Paul was knighted in 2014 in recognition of his services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

Professor Christopher Adam

Professor Christopher Adam is Professor of Development Economics at Oxford University, specialised in the macroeconomics of many countries in Africa, with a particular focus on monetary economics, public finance, growth and structural change.

He is Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre (IGC) programme in Tanzania, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as member of the DFID-IMF research program on the macroeconomics of low-income countries. From 2003-05 he served as external Macroeconomic Adviser to the Policy Division at the Department for International Development (DFID) and represented DFID as Vice Chair of the African Economic Research Consortium from 2006 to 2016. In 2011-12 he served as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Inquiry into Aid Effectiveness.

Albert Maasland

Albert Maasland started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank – later J P Morgan – transforming and building successful and profitable business units. After launching the world’s first generation of cross-border electronic transaction banking services he became Head of FX sales. Albert later became Global head of Business Development at HSBC Markets before tackling the transformation of the FX business at Deutsche Bank, helping steer them from 24th to the number one FX provider worldwide.

He helped establish the global e-commerce business at Standard Chartered before moving to Saxo Bank where he fulfilled numerous roles including CEO of Saxo Bank UK and then Chairman of Saxo Bank Capital Markets UK. He was CEO of Knight Capital Europe and subsequently KCG Europe before becoming Group CEO of Crown Agents Bank and its sister Asset Management Business.

Roberts Grava

Roberts Grava CFA is CEO Designate of Crown Agents Investment Management. He brings over 25 years of global institutional asset management experience to the firm, having focused mainly on sovereign investment institutions and official sector investment issues. He has held several senior roles in public and private sector institutions, including Head of Official Institutions, Institutional Solutions and Advisory and Managing Director, Fixed Income at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Head of Quantitative Strategies, Risk and Analytics and Engagement Manager, Reserves Advisory and Management Program (RAMP) at the World Bank. Previously, he had spent 11 years as Chief Investment Officer, Head of Reserves Management and Market Operations and Member of the Executive Board at Latvijas Banka, the central bank of Latvia.

Ritesh Anand

Ritesh Anand has been Deputy CEO of Crown Agents Investment Management since 2017. Ritesh brings a wealth of experience from his many years as an investment manager. Indeed, he held various investment management roles at the world’s leading endowment, The Wellcome Trust, with a particular focus in Africa throughout his time at the institution.  Then, in 2009, he founded Invictus Capital, an integrated financial services company providing investment management, advisory and securities trading services in Zimbabwe, where he served as Managing Director for almost seven years.

Ritesh has also sat on a number of boards including AfriAsia Bank Zimbabwe, as well as Zimbabwe Asset Management Company (ZAMCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe