About the event

What's in store for the World Bank Annual Meetings? As David Malpass restructures his leadership team in the wake of Kristalina Georgieva's departure to lead the IMF, Devex is looking at what's next for signature initiatives like the human capital index, the bank's work in fragile states, and the next iteration of the beleaguered pandemic emergency fund. Just over the horizon is IDA replenishment — raising questions about debt sustainability, climate ambition, and resurfacing debates about the private sector's role in development. 

Join Devex Deputy News Editor Jessica Abrahams for a conference call with reporters Michael Igoe and Sophie Edwards as we look inside the week's biggest moments, and what this year's Annual Meetings mean for the sector.

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The Speakers

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Jessica Abrahams

Deputy News Editor
Devex
Jessica Abrahams is Devex's Deputy News Editor. Based in London, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on Europe & Africa. She has previously worked as a writer, researcher and editor for Prospect magazine, The Telegraph and Bloomberg News, among other outlets. She holds graduate degrees in journalism from City University London and in international relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals.
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Michael Igoe

Senior Reporter
Devex
Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

Sophie Edwards

Senior Reporter
Devex
Sophie Edwards is a Senior Reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.

Leslie Koo

Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Paul Burford

Branch Chief
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
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