Shahid Yusuf is currently Chief Economist of The Growth Dialogue at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington DC, Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development. Prior to joining the Growth Dialogue, Dr. Yusuf was on the staff of the World Bank. He was the Director of the World Development Report 1999/2000 on “Entering the 21st Century” and he managed the East Asia’s Prospects project from 2001- 2009. Dr. Yusuf has published widely in academic journals and he has authored or edited 28 books on industrial and urban development, innovation systems and tertiary education, which have been translated into a number of different languages.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.
Salman Zaidi is a Practice Manager in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank covering the East Asia and Pacific Region. During his 19-year career at the World Bank, he has also worked in the South Asia and Europe and Central Asia regions, most recently as the Lead Economist for Bangladesh and Nepal, and earlier as the Lead Economist for Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Prior to joining the World Bank, Salman worked as a Research Associate at the London School of Economics, and for the Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Pakistan.
He holds B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M. Phil in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford University.