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Aug. 27, 2007

Lead economist of World Bank's economic research group to speak Sept. 6-7

Ibrahim Ahmed Elbadawi, lead economist at the Development Economic Research Group of the World Bank, will visit the University of Iowa campus Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6 and 7.

He will present a free public lecture, "Explaining Darfur: Why Democratic Transition is Critical and How Current Peace Initiatives are Flawed," sponsored by the UI African Studies Program, the UI Department of Economics in the Tippie College of Business and the Sudanese Community Association. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC).

Elbadawi will also meet with students from 12:40 to 1:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in 1117 UCC. Students will have the opportunity to learn about economic development in Africa and careers in international development organizations. The lecture is part of the continuing series, Careers for Change, organized by the UI Center for Human Rights. The lecture series brings in activists from varying fields of social justice and human rights work. Students and community members are encouraged to attend the events, which are free and open to the public.

Since joining the World Bank in 1989, Elbadawi has led a variety of critical studies that have won worldwide recognition. A Sudanese national, his research and policy experiences have focused on Africa and the Middle East, and he is a recognized expert on economic policy in these regions. He is currently managing a research project on post-conflict transitions as well as coordinating a research effort on exchange rate policy in low-income countries.

Elbadawi holds a doctorate in economics and statistics from North Carolina State and Northwestern Universities. He has managed two widely cited projects: a collaborative study on "Can Africa Claim the 21st Century" from 1999 to 2000, sponsored by the World Bank and several African research and policy institutions, and a research project on the economics of civil wars, crime and violence from 1998 to 2003. He also managed the Regional Program for Enterprise Development at the Africa Region of the World Bank from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2005, he coordinated the economic cluster team of the multi-donor Sudan's Joint Assessment Mission following the end of the Sudanese civil war.

Later in the semester, Careers for Change is hosting both the 2007 World Food Prize laureate, Philip E. Nelson, who will present "The Right to Food and the Science of Food: Reflections on Innovation and Improvement of the Global Food Supply," as well as Ann Lion Coleman, a 30-year veteran in the field of global public health, focusing on maternal/child health, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the African Studies Program are part of International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,, or Kyle Simpson,; Writer: Kyle Simpson