Mapungubwe Annual Lecture 2021

31 August 2021


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) would like to invite you to the 10th Mapungubwe Annual Lecture.

The Annual Lecture, hosted in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, is a flagship event in our strategic reflections programme. It occupies a prestigious place in the intellectual landscape and has attracted wide audiences since it was first launched in 2012.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Jonathan D. Ostry, Deputy Director of the Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the theme: Will Covid-19 Raise Inequality? Evidence from Past Pandemics and Crises.

Jonathan D. Ostry is an international macroeconomist who has served as Acting Director of the Asia and Pacific Department and Deputy Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Past positions include leading the division that produces the IMF’s flagship multilateral surveillance publication, the World Economic Outlook, and leading country teams on Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. Mr. Ostry is the author of a number of books on international macro policy issues and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His most recent books include Taming the Tide of Capital Flows (MIT Press, 2017) and Confronting Inequality (Columbia University Press, 2018). His work has been widely cited in print and electronic media, including the BBC, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, and National Public Radio. His work on inequality and unsustainable growth has also been cited in remarks made by President Barack Obama. He earned his B.A. (with distinction) from Queen’s University (Canada) at age 18, and went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (Balliol College), and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1984) and the University Chicago (Ph.D., 1988). He is listed in Who’s Who in Economics (2003).

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