Danny Leipziger

Danny Leipziger is Professor of International Business, George Washington University. He is former Vice President of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (2004–09) at the World Bank. Over the course of his 28-year career at the World Bank, he has held management positions in the East Asia Region and the Latin America and Caribbean Region as well as in the World Bank Institute. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Leipziger served in senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State. He also has been a Vice Chair of the independent Commission on Growth and Development (2006-2010). He has published widely on topics of development economics and finance, industrial policy, and banking, including books on Korea, Chile, and East Asia and recent volumes Globalization and Growth (with M. Spence) and Stuck in the Middle (with A. Estache).

Contact: dleipziger[at]

Shahid Yusuf

Chief Economist/Senior Advisor

Shahid Yusuf is Chief Economist of the Growth Dialogue. Dr. Yusuf brings many decades of economic development experience to the Dialogue, having been intensively involved with the growth policies of many of the most successful East Asian economies during key periods of their histories. Dr. Yusuf has written extensively on development issues, with a special focus on East Asia and has also published widely in various academic journals. He has authored or edited 24 books on industrial and urban development, innovation systems and tertiary education. His five most recent books are: Development Economics through the Decades (2009); Tiger Economies under Threat (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima, 2009); Two Dragonheads: Contrasting development paths for Beijing and Shanghai (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima 2010); Changing the Industrial Geography in Asia: The Impact of China and India (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima 2010); and China Urbanizes (co-edited with Tony Saich, 2008).

Dr. Yusuf holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University. He joined the World Bank in 1974 as a Young Professional and while at the Bank spent more than 35 years tackling issues confronting developing countries.  During his tenure at the World Bank, Dr. Yusuf was the team leader for the World Bank-Japan project on East Asia's Future Economy from 2000-2009. He was the Director of the World Development Report 1999/2000, Entering the 21st Century. Prior to that, he was Economic Adviser to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist (1997-98), Lead Economist for the East Africa Department (1995-97) and Lead Economist for the China and Mongolia Department (1989-1993). Dr. Yusuf lives in Washington DC and consults with the World Bank and with other organizations.

Area of expertise: Education & Innovation; Competitiveness policy

Ines Garcia

Director of Operations

Ines Garcia is Director of Operations of the Growth Dialogue at George Washington University. She has more than 25 years of experience in the management and operations of complex international organizations. Her career in the global development business includes the World Bank in Washington D.C., the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, and more recently the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics (LSE). Ms. Garcia was a Chief Administrative Officer at the World Bank where she was responsible for the overall management of all aspects of finance and administration for the Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency and for the World Bank Institute (WBI). She has managed budget teams and has overseen fund raising activities, including the design and establishment of the Knowledge for Change Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which continues to provide important financing for research. For a number of years, Ms. Garcia travelled extensively in Latin America carrying out the Bank's lending business in Industry and Finance. Ms. Garcia has held senior management positions at the Global Fund, where as Director of Corporate Services she was in charge of strategy and management of Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Procurement activities and policies, and at the IGC, where she was instrumental in the start up of its international operations in Africa and Asia. Ms. Garcia holds an MA in Economics from Tufts University and has completed Harvard University's Executive Education for Senior Managers. She is a Peruvian national, native Spanish speaker and fluent in French. Contact:

Diana Manevskaya

Communications Manager

Diana Manevskaya is Communications Director at the Growth Dialogue. Prior to that position, she worked with the Secretariat of the Commission on Growth and Development, where she was in charge of communications and outreach. She coordinated communications projects in such countries as China, Ghana, India, Russia, and Singapore, most of them – with the World Bank.

Her previous work experience includes project coordination with major non-profit youth organizations, as well as being a columnist for the major newspaper in Belarus. Diana holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Belarusian State University.