About the Speaker

Joseph Stiglitz, who has been recognized around the world as a leading economic educator. Stiglitz’s work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance. Among his current work, he is heavily involved in reshaping the popular debate about globalization. At Columbia University, where he is the Professor of Economics and Finance, he has launched an organization, the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, designed to furnish developing nations with alternative views on everything from trade policy to financial reform. He is an adviser to several developing nations, including Serbia and Bulgaria, and he meets informally with the leaders of many more, often dispensing advice that puts him at odds with the IMF.

He is the author of many articles and books. Among the most recent is, “Globalization and it’s Discontents”, where he warns that unless the rules of global capitalism are radically altered, the gap between the world’s rich and poor, and hence the social conditions that have fueled instability in places like Pakistan, will not go away anytime soon.