The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

April 01, 2009 09:26 ET

Experts Available to Comment on the G20 Summit Scheduled for April 2, 2009

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) -

ATTENTION: International, National, Finance, Economy editors

Experts from The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are available to comment on issues related to the upcoming global economic summit taking place in London, U.K. on April 2 with the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations.

Daniel Schwanen - the deputy director of programs at CIGI, can comment on the links between the financial markets and the real economy, macro-economic imbalances (fiscal and current account), impact of the global financial crisis and responses to it in Canada and abroad. Prior to CIGI, he was an international economist with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, where he covered G7 economic developments and the European Community single market process.

Mohan Agarwal - a CIGI senior visiting fellow, can comment on the situation of developing countries in the world economy and international economics. He has worked for both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has a long and distinguished record of expertise in international trade, development and economics as it relates to South Asia, and especially to India.

Eric Helleiner - a CIGI Chair in International Governance, can comment on international financial regulation, the management of international payments imbalances, the history of the Bretton Woods system, the U.S. dollar's role as an international currency, globalization of finance, international debt and North American monetary relations.

Colin Bradford - a CIGI senior fellow, can comment on the G20 summit and IMF reform, different positions of industrial vs. emerging market members of the G20, the difference between "G8 enlargement" and the G20 replacing the G8 as the global steering committee, different positions of Europe vs. the U.S. on IMF reform, President-elect Obama's risks of not being involved in policy issues until January 20 and the risks of being involved while not having responsibility.

John Curtis - a CIGI distinguished fellow, he can provide background and insight into factors leading to the current financial/economic crisis and policies, matters relating to international trade (WTO, NAFTA etc.), the performance of the world economy (history, policy, countries etc.). He is one of Canada's best recognized economic policy advisors and was the first Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Greg Chin - a CIGI senior fellow, is available to comment on China's and the East Asian countries' response to the international financial crisis, the limits to the Chinese currency's role as an international currency, collective responses to the balance of payments challenges, remaking the Bretton Woods system and other global economic architecture, and the collective interests of the new G5/emerging powers grouping.

Andrew F. Cooper - the associate director of CIGI and a distinguished fellow, can provide commentary on the rising economic and diplomatic power of countries, such as China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, as well as their inclusion in the G20 summit structure and the ongoing G8 Heiligendamm Dialogue Process; Canadian and comparative foreign policies; innovative diplomacy; global health; celebrity diplomacy; and global governance.

Annette Hester - a CIGI fellow, she can comment on the global financial crisis and energy markets, as well as future investments in infrastructure. An economist, writer and independent scholar, she has extensive experience as a consultant, including acting as liaison and developing international market strategies for leading oil, gas and energy companies in Canada, North America and Latin America.

Bessma Momani - a CIGI senior fellow, can comment on the International Monetary Fund and its policies, as well as the Middle East, particularly U.S.-Middle East Free Trade, Euro-Mediterranean trade initiatives, economic integration of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the future of petrodollars, and liberalization in the Gulf, Jordan and Egypt.

About CIGI: The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit:

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