The Asia Institute mourns the loss of senior researcher David Bigman

The Asia Institute mourns the loss of senior researcher David Bigman

The Asia Institute sadly announces the passing of Dr. David Bigman, an outstanding economist with a deep commitment to social justice who joined the Asia Institute in 2007 as our first senior researcher and served for two years as a central figure in our team. Dr. Bigman and led a series of initiatives at the Asia Institute related to international development and the perennial issue of poverty. His book Globalization and the Least Developed Countries: Potentials and Pitfalls (CABI) was released at time he joined us and that research served as the basis for several seminars and lectures.

 

Dr. David Bigman (center) flanked by Dr. Tridib Biswas (right) and Director Emanuel Pastreich (left) in an early meeting of the Asia Institute in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other books by Dr. Bigman include Coping With Hunger: Toward a System of Food Security and Price Stabilization, , Food Security and Food Inventories in Developing Countries, , Globalization and the Developing Countries and Poverty, Hunger, and Democracy in Africa: Potential and Limitations of Democracy in Cementing Multiethnic Societies.

Dr. Bigman started his career as an economist working in the Treasurer’s Department of the International Monetary Fund in 1977. Dr Bigman conducted research on the impact of the floating exchange rate on the trade of developing countries after the breakup of the Bretton Woods system. Later he served as the head of the World Bank’s program on food security and food trade policies inAfrica. His research on the impact of globalization on emerging economies and on the least-developed countries conducted at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) set the direction for his research.

Dr. Bigman left a lasting mark on the Asia Institute though his concern for the challenges faced by the less privileged and his constant efforts to draw attention to their economic needs.


The Asia Institute and Kyung Hee Cyber University Host Global Speech Contest for Students (November 30, 2013)

The Asia Institute and Kyung Hee Cyber University

Host

Global Speech Contest for Students

(November 30, 2013) 

 

The Asia Institute teamed up with Kyung Hee Cyber University to hold an English language speech contest for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. The students delivered speeches entirely in English in front of a board of three judges on diverse topics ranging from Korean culture and international relations to climate change and social responsibility. The contest is part of a larger effort by Asia Institute to effectively draw young people into public debate and inculcate the skills of debate, rhetoric and systematic critical thinking about serious contemporary issues.

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