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Timothy A. Wise, Director, Research and Policy Program

tim wiseTimothy A. Wise is Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, and leads its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With a background in international development, he specializes in agricultural policy and rural development. He recently completed a fellowship with the Open Society Institute and is working on a book on global responses to the food crisis. He is involved in ongoing research in the areas of: Sustainable Rural DevelopmentBeyond Agricultural SubsidiesMexico Under NAFTA, WTO and Global Trade. He is the co-author of the book (in English and Spanish), Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico, and The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from Latin America. He is the former executive director of Grassroots International, a Boston-based international aid organization. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts' Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department. [C.V.]   

Jeronim Capaldo, Research Fellow

Jeronim CapaldoJeronim Capaldo is a Research Fellow with GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He is currently working as an econometrician with the International Labor Organization in Geneva. Before joining GDAE he was a member of the modeling and forecasting team at UNDESA, where he was responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean and for the analysis of global employment. Previously, at FAO he analyzed the economic effects of climate change in Africa and Central America. Jeronim earned a Laurea cum laude in economics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is currently a PhD candidate in economics at the New School for Social Research. His current research focuses on global macroeconomic models applied to trade and fiscal policy.

Jeffrey Ashe, Research Fellow

Jeffery AsheJeff Ashe joined GDAE in March 2013 from Oxfam America, where he led the Saving for Change Initiative, a program that grew to 600,000 members in 7 years, most all of them women in developing countries. He has played a leadership role in establishing a radically decentralized approach to financial inclusion that is based on training autonomous saving and lending groups that mobilize their own savings, rather than building financial institutions. He recently published In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development. He teaches microfinance at Columbia and Brandeis and holds a B.A. in political science from UC Berkley and an M.A. in sociology from Boston University.

Ann Helwege, Senior Research Fellow

Ann Helwege focuses on the relationship between macroeconomic policy and poverty in Latin America. She is the co-author of Latin America’s Economy as well as co-editor of Latin America’s Economic Future and Modernization and Stagnation: Latin American Agriculture

Shaun Paul, Research Fellow

Shaun PaulShaun Paul is currently working on a research project titled Assessing Impact of Private Investment: A Focus on Biocultural Diversity. Shaun is the President and Founding Partner of Reinventure Capital, established in partnership with the private equity firm Good Capital. Designated as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, Shaun has worked internationally for 20 years with policymakers, indigenous leaders, business leaders, private foundations and environmentalists to forge new models building resilient communities and accelerating an inclusive, restorative economy. This includes his current role as Program Committee Board Chair for International Funders for Indigenous People and nominator for the Goldman Environmental Prize. His prior roles include Founder and Executive Director of the EcoLogic Development Fund, Founder and Co-President of Pico Bonito Forests LLC, Steering Committee member for White Water to Blue Water, and a founding board member for Root Capital and ArtCorps. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.

Roberto Porzecanski, Research Fellow

Roberto Porzecanski, a pre-doctoral fellow at GDAE, is a doctoral candidate at the
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.  His research focuses on the political economy of foreign investment in the Southern Cone.  He is the author of (in Spanish)
Not On Board: Uruguay and the Prospects for a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, 2000-2010 (Debate, Random House Mondadori, June 2010) and co-author of The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization, with Kevin P. Gallagher, Stanford University Press, 2010.

shadlenKenneth Shadlen, Senior Research Fellow

Kenneth C. Shadlen is a senior lecturer (associate professor) of Development Studies
at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-editor of The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration: Responding to Globalization in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and author of Democratization Without Representation: The Politics of Small Industry in Mexico (Penn State University Press, 2004). His current research addresses the politics of intellectual property and North-South economic integration. [C.V.]

Lyuba Zarsky, Senior Research Fellow

Lyuba Zarsky works on sustainable industrial development and is the author of "Searching for the gold: A mid-term evaluation of the costs and benefits of Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine in Guatemala."  Her recent books include The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with Kevin Gallagher). She is also a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. [C.V.]


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