Contributors

Core Team

Pingfan Hong

Pingfan Hong
Pingfan Hong was appointed Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) on 1 July 2014. Pingfan joined the United Nations in 1989 and has since worked mostly in the areas of economic research and policy analysis, particularly global economic outlook, macroeconomic policies, and international policy coordination. Pingfan is the lead author and coordinator of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) and has also worked extensively with Project LINK in global modelling and forecasting. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Dual Master in Computer Sciences and Management Sciences from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a Bachelor in Engineering from Wu Xi Institute of Light Industrial Technology.

Nicole Hunt

Nicole HuntNicole Hunt has worked in the United Nations for 17 years, ten at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Trinidad. She was instrumental in designing the CARIBTRADE Trade & Transport Database and was the focal point for maintenance, quality control and end-user support. She also worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer in the areas of HIV/AIDS and health research systems assessment. Nicole joined the World Economic and Social Survey team in February 2010 as Statistics Assistant.  She provides research and technical support in statistical capacity-building and socio-economic development.  She holds a BSc in Sociology from The University of the West Indies, postgraduate studies in Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University and is in the process of completing her MBA specialization at Heriot-Watt University.

S. Nazrul Islam

S. Nazrul IslamNazrul Islam is the Acting Chief of the Global Monitoring Unit in the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) and is now leading the team writing the World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015. He joined DPAD in 2006 as Senior Economic Affairs Officer and has served as a key contributor to all World Economic and Social Survey issues since 2007. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and his Master of Science in Economics from Moscow State University. He also studied at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. Before joining the United Nations, Nazrul taught economics at Dhaka University, Harvard University, Emory University, and Kyushu University. He is well known for his research on economic growth, development, transition, political economy and environmental economics.

Alex Julca

Alex JulcaAlex Julca has a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and is currently Economic Affairs Officer at the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). Having previously worked in the private and public sector in Lima, Peru, Alex taught at the City University of New York and worked as an economic researcher at Columbia University.  He has made substantive contributions to the World Economic and Social Survey on issues associated with international migration, ageing, innovative finance, economic insecurity, adaptation to climate change, international aid and sustainable cities. He has published extensively in peer review journals in the areas of economics, international migration, remittances, natural disasters and climate change.

Hiroshi Kawamura

Hiroshi Kawamura
Hiroshi Kawamura joined the United Nations in 1992 and has since worked in the areas of transnational corporations, labour and technology and global economic development. At present, Hiroshi is an Economic Affairs Officer providing substantive support to the Committee for Development Policy, a subsidiary organ of the Economic and Social Council, whose main functions are to provide independent advice to the Council on emerging cross-sectoral development issues and to review the status of least developed countries. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master in Public Administration from International Christian University in Tokyo, and a BA in Economics from Saitama University.

Pierre Kohler

Pierre KohlerPierre Kohler is an Economic Affairs Officer in the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). He joined the United Nations in 2008 and has since worked mostly in the areas of economic research and macroeconomic and development policy analysis. Since his arrival at DPAD in 2011, he contributed to both flagship reports, the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) and the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS), providing analysis on issues such as financial reform and shadow banking, revenue mobilisation and international taxation or commodities markets, international trade and environmental sustainability. Pierre earned a Ph.D. in International Studies, with a specialization in international economics, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marcelo LaFleur

Marcelo LaFleurMarcelo LaFleur is an Economic Affairs Officer in the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). He joined the United Nations in 2011 and has since worked in the areas of poverty and sustainable development, preparing publications and leading and conducting capacity development projects in many developing countries. As part of the World Economic and Social Survey team, Marcelo is currently working on the topic of global partnership for development for a new post-2015 development agenda . He earned a Ph.D. in Economics, as well as a Masters in International Political Economy and Development, from Fordham University, and a BA in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Hamid Rashid

Hamid RashidHamid Rashid, Senior Inter-Regional Adviser for Macroeconomic Policy in the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), advises finance, central banks and planning authorities in developing countries on how to design and implement policies to manage short-term economic shocks and realize the long-term goals of equitable growth and sustainable development. Prior to joining UN/DESA in 2010, Hamid served as a Senior Adviser in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy and also as the Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in New York, working under his advisor and mentor, Professor Joseph Stiglitz. Hamid also obtained a MPhil in Economics and MPA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas. His research interest includes macroeconomic policies, international finance, financial market liberalization and their impact on economic growth and development.

Marco Vinicio Sanchez-Cantillo

Marco V. SanchezMarco V. Sanchez Cantillo is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). He joined DPAD in April 2006. Previously, he was associated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean sub-regional headquarters in Mexico (2004-2006). He served as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, International Food Policy Research Institute and Inter-American Development Bank (2000-2004), and was a lecturer and researcher at the National University of Costa Rica (1995-2000). Marco holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies and a Master in Development Economics from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He also earned a Bachelor and a Licenciatura in Economics from National University of Costa Rica.

John Winkel

John WinkelJohn Winkel is an Associate Economic Affairs Officer in the the Development Policy Analysis Division (DPAD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). He splits his time between the Global Economic Monitoring Unit, covering North and East Africa, and the World Economic and Social Survey team. John joined the United Nations in 2011 as part of the Young Professionals Program. Previously, he worked as a Senior Legislative Policy Analyst for the New York City Council. He has an Master of Science in Economics from the New School for Social Research and is working on completing his PhD thesis. He also holds a BA in Psychology from New York University.

Support and Administrative Staff

  • Bingke Ning
  • Junchen Pan
  • Gerard Reyes
  • Wen Shi