October 3, 2016

IGNITE 2016: First Keynote Speaker Announced!

SPARK is thrilled to announce our first keynote speaker for the IGNITE 2016 Conference, and it’s a big’un!

Paul Collier.pngSir Paul Collier, CBE, former director of World Bank’s Development Research Group from 1998 to 2003, is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnick School of Government at the University of Oxford. Paul was formerly head of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and currently serves on the advisory board of the International Growth Centre.

Collier is also a critically acclaimed author in the field of international development. His book, The Bottom Billion, identifies four traps that keep the poorest people in the world poor, and offers escape routes to improving opportunities for everyone.

We are delighted that Professor Collier will be delivering a keynote at the annual IGNITE Conference in Amsterdam on 16 November 2016.

Tickets will be available via Eventbrite in mid-October.

Keep an eye on our website or Facebook event page for more information and announcements about other speakers!