On August 3, Global Economy and Development at Brookings and the Aspen Strategy Group hosted former World Bank President Robert Zoellick for a conversation about global development, the fight against extreme poverty, and his time at the helm of the World Bank. With much of the world still recovering from the global financial crisis, efforts to reduce poverty have become even more challenging. Mr. Zoellick is uniquely placed to provide insight on global attitudes toward international aid and development goals. Mr. Zoellick recently stepped down as president of the World Bank after serving in that office for the past five years. He also has held several senior positions in the U.S. government, including deputy secretary of state and U.S. trade representative under President George W. Bush.
Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion with Mr. Zoellick, which included questions from the audience.
This event is part of the Brookings Blum Roundtable, an off-the-record annual forum for global leaders, entrepreneurs and practioners to discuss innovative ideas and advance groundbreaking initiatives to alleviate global poverty. The theme of this year’s roundtable is “Innovation and Technology for Development”.